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Speakers & Presenters Bios

Ron Willems WEB  




Saturday: 11:15am - 12:30pm
Presenting: Photo Hunter XP


Sunday:  10:30am - 11:30am
Presenting: Thailand Project

Ron is a seasoned creative digital photographic artist. He has been a frequent keynote speaker at various Australian photographic conventions, lecturing in a relaxed, informative and engaging style.

He became one of New Zealand’s most successful photographers of all time in the medium of colour transparency last century, winning the National Salon of Photography six times in different years with a range of creative images.

In recent digital years he has won many major exhibition awards in Australia and throughout the world, including twice being the most successful participant in the Australian Digital Photography Awards. In 2015 he was made an Honorary Life member of the Photographic Society of New Zealand for his contribution to photography in New Zealand and Australia, being a photographic Fellow of both countries.

He has been an enthusiastic photographic practitioner for over 45 years and enjoys helping photographers as he speaks on Photo Hunting and his experiences in Thailand at this year’s APSCON.

Peter Manchester WEB

 Peter Manchester AFIAP AAPS HonFAPS FTPF



Saturday:  10:15am - 11:15am
Presenting: "Backyard" Astrophotography

Saturday:  3:15pm - 4:15pm

Presenting: Australian Street Photography

Nearly 40 years of active photography has enabled Peter to expand his monochrome and digital pursuits to think and view laterally towards the big picture of the understanding of the universe. Yet he has not lost his desire to capture the actions and body language of the people in the society that surrounds him.

Peter is a much sort after lecturer and educator in geology, astronomy, street photography, geotourism, mineralogy and scientific toys. Interests are wide and varied from orchid growing, boating, collecting fossils and reading. He still administers the APS Focus, APS Gallery for APS in the Australian Photography magazine.

dewitt jones WEB

 Dewitt Jones



Saturday:  8:45am - 9:45am
DVD Presentation:  Clear Vision


This classic presentation by Dewitt Jones explores the fundamentals of creativity.

He explains just what these fundamental elements are, where they exist in each of us and how to access them. He helps audiences see the world with new eyes and shows them how to tap into and discover their own creative gifts.

With his own exquisite photographs, Dewitt takes participants on a journey to rekindle and nurture the passion of their own creative potential. He builds a framework for personal creativity and gives audiences the tools to bring that creativity into every part of life.

david burren WEB




Saturday:  1:45pm - 2:45pm
Presenting:  Representing the Natural World


David is a professional nature photographer and tutor, and has been an APS member since 2001. He is an Adobe Certified Expert, and has spent years teaching Photoshop and Lightroom at a tertiary level and to individuals and groups. As the principal of LuminOdyssey Photo Expeditions, David regularly conducts photographic workshops and tours to destinations from pole to pole.

David will be discussing some of the issues involved with recording and presenting images of Nature, using examples from his adventures around the globe.

shane chalker WEB

 Shane Chalker AIPP



Sunday:  9:00am - 10:00am
Presenting:  Professional Photography


Shane is a multi-national and international award winning photographer and an accredited member of the AIPP. His photos have been published in National and international magazines and newspapers.

Shane had a unique upbringing. His Dad was a Lighthouse Keeper which gave him some amazing experiences and this is where his love for the ocean and it’s surrounds began. He spent most of his time at the Seal Rocks Lighthouse where his Dad was the Head Lighthouse Keeper. After 7 years at Seal Rocks he then moved to Forster Tuncurry and has lived here ever since.

Shanes love for the ocean shines through in his photography with a love of capturing images of whales, dolphins and waves, he is also the photographer for one of Australians best selling fishing magazine Fishing World where he combines his love of fishing and photography.

Roy Killen WEB



Sunday:  1:30pm - 2:30pm

Presenting: Meeting the Challenges of Nature Photography

Thursday:  9:15am - 10:15am
10:45am - 11:45am
Workshop: How to be Successful in National & Int'l Exhibitions

Roy lives in Newcastle and is a keen traveller and nature photographer who has made more than 30 trips to Africa in the past 20 years. He has been participating in National and International exhibitions since 2008 and has achieved over 4300 international acceptances and over 300 awards in international exhibitions.

He has received the APS’s highest award for exhibition success, the APS Exhibitor’s Medal. In addition to photographic honours from APS, FIAP and PSA, Roy was awarded the Nature Medallion by the Australian Photographic Society in 2015. He frequently judges at club, national and international level and is a regular workshop presenter.

jude conning WEB

 Jude Conning



Sunday:  2:30pm - 3:30pm
Presenting: Arctic Adventures


Jude fell in love with Antarctica in 2008 and since then her travels have taken Jude to icy landscapes particularly the northern polar regions. It was in Svalbard where she met and fell in love with Polar Bears. A proud supporter of Polar Bears International and the amazing work they do to educate about the impact of climate change

In the 2015 Epson Pano Awards a Polar Bears in the Blizzard image received a Gold and placed 5th overall. The same image was on display in London in Outdoor Photography’s exhibition. As a result Barcroft media requested a collection of Jude’s images and distributed them worldwide.

Jude considers herself an environmental photographer and works to raise awareness through the capturing images of the beauty of wild, frozen places and the vulnerable species that inhabit these regions. In order to encourage people to action to preserve these fragile places, we need to reach people’s hearts and emotions and photographs do this best.


 Phillipa Frederiksen EFIAP MAPS SSAPS



Thursday:  9:15am - 10:15am
10:45am - 11:45am
Workshop: Mobile Phone Photography


Completing several courses in iPhone photography, Creative photography and Creative iPhone photography in 2015. She has been experimenting ever since. Phillipa enjoys helping others in their photographic journeys, giving talks and demonstrations in creativity and phone editing. Her photographic journey continues with new technologies providing more adventures along the way.

Phillipa is very skilled in the use of phone cameras for artistic photo presentations and as we all have our phones with us we now also have our camera with us. No doubt Phillipa is one of the best photographers in this field. This is a not to be missed workshop.


 Sarah Debenham




Thursday:  9:15am - 10:15am
10:45am - 11:45am
Workshop: Facebook - Beyond Social Media


Sarah is a student at the University of Newcastle majoring in Communications of which Facebook and other similar tools are the way that people do business and communicate. This is the world of the future and Sarah is an ideal person to help us understand the opportunities we can use in the future.