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Speakers & Presenters Bios

Rod Morris

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 Rod Morris

Friday: 4:30pm
CommunityTalk: Video: The Case of the Baby Faced Assassins

Saturday: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Worskhop: Nature Photography at the Coombabah Lakelands 

Sunday:  9:00am - 10:15am
Presenting: Wildlife Photography in the Fiordlands

Auckland-born Rod Morris joined a naturalist's club while growing up in the Waikato. He would go on to look after leopards and puma, while working as a zookeeper at Auckland Zoo. In 1970, Morris achieved his childhood dream of working at the NZ Wildlife Service; his long interest in islands, and island conservation can be dated from this time. Over the next six years he was involved in kākāpō searches in Fiordland, takahē recovery and efforts to save the Chatham Island black robin.

During this period he developed an interest in photography and writing, especially for children. He wrote the first of many stories for the long-running School Journal. Morris would go on to write or co-write more than 30 books.

After a spell as a school teacher, in 1980 Morris joined the fledgling team of filmmakers and wildlife enthusiasts at TVNZ's Natural History Unit, after NHU head Michael Stedman sent him an envelope containing a return air ticket to Dunedin. The organisation would later experience major expansion, a new name (Natural History New Zealand) and a new owner (Fox Television Studios).

Morris began as a researcher on show's like children's natural history programme Wildtrack. He got his break as a director after arriving on Stewart Island to help out on an early Wild South documentary about kākāpō, and director Peter Hayden told Morris he was calling the shots.

Morris would play a major hand in bringing a series of popular and award-winning documentaries about the Chatham Island black robin to the screen, including producing and directing The Black Robin: A Chatham Island Story (1989).

The natural history documentaries directed (and often produced) by Morris are typically about island species. They have received international acclaim. His first Wild South doco Kākāpō: Night Parrot scored a number of gongs at the International Wildlife Film Festival at Missoula (United States), and was also runner-up for best film of the fest. The Black Stilt won the Gold Award at New York's International Film & TV Festival.


Ken Collerson

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Ken Collerson


Sunday:  2:00pm - 3:15pm

Presenting: Polarised Light Microscopy: Rock Art

Emeritus Professor, Ph.D. and FAusIMM, has degrees from the University of New England (BSc. Hons.) and Adelaide University (Ph.D.). He established an international career in academia at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Research School of Earth Sciences at ANU, University of Regina and the University of California Santa Cruz.

From 1992 until 2010, as Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of Queensland, he restructured the Department and established a world class isotope and trace element geochemical facility. Ken now works as a Mineral Exploration Consultant and is an Executive Associate (Geochemistry) with HDR.

He is an authority on REE and technology metal mineralisation, shoshonite-hosted epithermal Au-Ag (PGM) systems and application of biogeochemistry to define exploration targets.


Damien Caniglia

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 Damien Caniglia


Wednesday:  2:15pm - 4:30pm
Workshop: Making a Video with your DSLR/Mirrorless Camera


Saturday:  1:45pm - 2:45pm
Presenting: Travel & Tours

Damian Caniglia is a Gold Coast based Photographer and Multimedia Producer and graduate of the Queensland College of Art who has had images and multimedia projects awarded at a state and national level, is a qualified trainer and is committed to helping others get the most from their cameras while travelling and at home.

Damian has guided photography groups and worked on film projects from the jungles of Papua New Guinea to the Nepalese Himalaya as well as the Arctic and Antarctic Regions. His main focus is on returning with images from travelling that speak of the people and places he visits, as well as helping those he travels with to get the most out of using their cameras to document their own travels.

Damian's images have been used in many publications including Australian Geographic, Lonely Planet, Rock Climbing Magazine, Inside Sport, The Australian Gourmet Traveller and the front cover of 'The Architect of Kokoda'. While back home he predominantly works producing film and photographic content through story telling projects connected with the community and environment sectors. Aside from various personal projects, he works for peak NGO and Not for Profit organisations who fund and facilitate major projects for communities and groups needing support.

Damian will present an informative/interactive session on "Making Videos with your DLSR or mirrorless camera" and a more formal presentation on travelling the world with a camera.

Travel Photography - A sense of Place and Experience
There have never been more opportunities to travel to far off, often wild destinations and share images with a wider audience. For my presentation I hope to share insight into how I capture images that give a deeper understanding of the experience of travel, how to work efficiently no matter what environment so as to be sure to come home with the images you set out to achieve, how to create more immersive imagery of the places and people we visit, and how I strive to help communicate a sense of place and understanding through images and motion.