Our Judges


Steve Parish

Steve is a passionate and highly motivational speaker, writer, teacher and digital artist, and one of few Australian photographers who can look back over five-plus decades of photography across a range of Australian social and natural history subjects.

Steve pioneered underwater nature photography in association with the Australian Museum which led to his first publishing ventures in the late ’60s and now manages the largest and most comprehensive privately owned photographic library in the nation; it is from this vast resource that he has created all his projects. While many of his featured images are now iconic, others are being seen here in this website and associated Fine Art Gallery and Stock Libraries for the first time.

Steve first started publishing in dive magazines in Australia and New Zealand at the age of 18. Since then, he has shared his work with the Australian community through thousands of publications, talks, exhibitions, and public events.

Dr Victoria Garnons- Williams

Dr.Victoria Garnons-Williams is a Senior Lecturer in Visual Arts within the Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice Faculty at Queensland University of Technology. She has been an educator in Canada and Australia, with an emphasis on Art Education, Photomedia, and Contemporary Art and is a regular contributor to Visual Arts conferences and public events in the Arts.

Among many other events, her career highlights include a 2002 lecture tour of New Zealand for the Beeby Foundation and the New Zealand Ministry of Arts. In 2005, she directed the AIAE conference in Cairns, Queensland, and in 2014, she convened the Photography & Fictions Conference for the Queensland Festival of Photography and edited the accompanying refereed publication. In 2015, she addressed Fast Forward: Women in Photography Symposium at the invitation of the Tate Modern, London and in 2019, she presented a paper on Photomedia Education at the InSEA International conference Making.

Victoria’s publications include research done on the Colonial photographs of J.W. Lindt, 2 monographs, Renata Buziak: Afterimage (2010), and Fred Hunt (2014), published by the Queensland Centre for Photography, and in 2020, The Last Laugh, an article on Australian Indigenous Women photographers in Photography and Culture. Victoria’s exhibitions include hand-applied silver gelatin images (4 Sisters, 1994; Wake, 2003; Silver Gelatine, 2014), digital images (Landscape Painting, 2005; Only You, 2014 and Knowing Wink in Rites of Passage, 2019). She is currently working on a BCC  Creative Sparks grant, Writing Mona Ryder.

Karen Milder

I’m a multidiscipline independent artist researching Identity. I am continually investigating the individual creative self within a location to understanding the vulnerability and resilience within constant environmental and social changes.

My methodology flows from a wide source of theories within psychology, philosophy, and sociology that I have been researching and expressing in regard to Identity. Each creative step I take is a footprint I have made and left behind as I experience continuous changes within the systems I enter. I am often learning different ways to navigate my individual self with critical thought so I can be authentic to my creative self in my art practice.

From a young age, I have been communicating art through photography (film/digital), paint, installation, illustrations, theatre, and music. I work intuitively and become ignited from the grassroots level via three pathways: the heArT Project, amOs – (artist memoir Of self), and PLACE identity series.

Using social media, the heArT Project is photographed in Instagram. My hearts are found on location a majority of the time. Though, there are times when insitu I create still life, explore the written word and illustrate a heart or two on found objects. The second pathway amOs – (artist memoir Of self) being the beginning point of identifying self and the space around me. One aspect of amOs is a self-portrait visual longitudinal study that began in May 2006 which is still being documented today. PLACE identity series is a contemporary visual approach to digitally photographing and montaging the landscape to express the psychological space within the designated place of Identity. I continually aim to acknowledge and understand the land we are upon and my personal response to the stimuli that surrounds me.

I am a student of life and will always be in development creating new ways to understand why I have chosen Identity to investigate and how Identity impacts my life and others. May your day be full of discovery as you embark on your next creative step.

Love & Light

Short Film

Laura Waters

Laura Waters founded Princess Pictures in 2003 driven by a vision to support creative ideas, pushing audiences to see the world in new ways.

Born in the US, she studied at Boston University and produced current affairs and documentary television in London and LA. She’s produced all five of Chris Lilley’s ABC/HBO/BBC comedy series, We Can Be HeroesSummer Heights HighAngry BoysJa’mie: Private School Girl, and Jonah From Tonga, as well as Chris’s most recent series, Lunatics for Netflix.

Laura has overseen the production of a range of groundbreaking series with recent productions including ABC ME’s ‘vlogumentary’ series My Year 7 Life and My Year 12 Life; the award-winning documentary, The Graceland Happiness Project; Foxtel’s sketch comedy show Open Slather; landmark series from John Clarke, Sporting Nation and The Sounds of Aus; Jonn Safran’s look at cross-cultural love, Race Relations and his documentary on the 2016 Australian vote The Goddam Election!; Peter Helliar’s acclaimed comedy anthology It’s a Date and feature film I Love You TooAustralia’s first Aboriginal sitcom, 8MMM; and Outlanda comedy series about gay science fiction fans. Currently, she is delivering a unique comedy/documentary/musical series to the ABC written by Andrew Hansen and Chris Taylor from The Chaser and developing as many mind-boggling things as she can handle.

Recently Princess partnered with the acclaimed animation company Bento Box to not only produce original Australian adult animation but also establish a studio based in Melbourne. Currently, Princess Bento is in production on several animated series, including Yolo and Smiling Friends for Adult Swim, and Koala Man for Hulu.

Laura has won two TV Logie awards, one AFI award, the NYC Webfest, and been nominated for dozens of international television awards for various Princess Pictures productions.

Luke Eve

Luke is a graduate of the Australian Film Television and Radio School. Soon after, he established his own production company, More Sauce, and went on to direct a number of short films including multi-award winner Cockroach, and Australian Summer, winner of Tropfest.

In 2010 he began directing television such as Dave in The Life, SEX: An Unnatural History, and the landmark documentary series Great Southern Land which landed him an ADG nomination for best direction in a documentary TV series. In 2014 Luke created, produced and directed the online series, Low Life. It went on to win over 25 major festival awards and sold to Amazon Prime and CanalPlay. In 2017 he directed and produced the follow-up series, High Life which was Executive Produced by Stephen Fry and stars Odessa Young with music by Sarah Blasko. The series has won over 30 major awards including Best Digital Original at C21 Content London and was also nominated for an AACTA Award. The series has sold to BBC3, Channel 9, CanalPlay and Fullscreen.

During last year’s pandemic, Luke created, produced, directed and acted in one of the world’s first multi-national lockdown series, CANCELLED. The series produced in Australia, Spain and Argentina launched on Facebook Watch and has had over 2.5 million views. Luke just released his feature film debut, a Netflix original, I Met A Girl, starring Brenton Thwaites and Lily Sullivan after premiering at the Busan International Film Festival.

Sue Maslin AO

Sue Maslin AO is one of Australia’s most successful film, television, and digital content producers with a track record of creating award-winning feature and documentary films. Her most recent is the smash hit The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet and Judy Davis. It grossed more than $20 million at the box office and garnered the highest number of nominations at the 2015 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards, winning five including the coveted People’s Choice Award for Favourite Australian Film.

Feature credits include Road To Nhill, winner of 2003 Best Feature Film at Thessaloniki International Film Festival; Japanese Story, winner of 2003 AFI Award for Best Feature Film, IF Award for Best Feature Film, Film Critics Circle of Australia Best Feature Film; Celebrity: Dominick Dunne; and Hunt Angels, winner of the 2006 AFI Award for Best Feature Documentary Film. Sue and business partner Daryl Dellora established their innovative company, Film Art Media in 2008 and distribute screen content across many platforms with a focus on blue-chip documentaries including Harry Seidler: Modernist and The Edge of The Possible: Jorn Utzon and the Sydney Opera House, winner of the Golden Plaque at the Chicago International Television Competition.

Sue’s outstanding 35-year contribution to the Australian screen industry has been recognised in numerous ways. She was appointed Adjunct Professor of the School of Media & Communication at RMIT University and in 2012 received the inaugural Jill Robb Award for Outstanding Leadership, Achievement and Service to the Victorian Screen Industry. Reflecting her commitment to advocacy for women, Sue is currently a Patron of Women In Film and Television and the President of the Natalie Miller Fellowship, an organisation dedicated to inspiring leadership and increasing the participation of women in the screen industry. In 2019 Sue was appointed as an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the Australian film industry as a producer, and through roles with professional bodies.