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Presenters Bios

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Alan Henderson



Saturday:  11:00am - 12:15pm

Keynote Speaker:  Invertebrate Macro Photography

Alan has had a fascination for invertebrates his entire life. He has successfully combined this with his other passion, macrophotography, with his images having been published in books and other media throughout the world.


Alan completed a BAppSc, Scientific Photography before beginning a career in zoo-keeping. He created the Australian Nature Education Centre in 1995 and received the Young Australian of the Year Regional Development Award for the Centre. Lured to Melbourne Museum, he began the Live Exhibits Unit that ultimately led to the development of the extremely popular ‘Bugs Alive!’ exhibition, and authored the award-winning book Bugs Alive – A Guide to Keeping Australian Invertebrates.


Alan now operates his own education business, Minibeast Wildlife, from the tropical paradise of Kuranda, north Queensland, one of the most biologically diverse regions of Australia. His work with Minibeast Wildlife includes assisting major film crews from the world to capture macro sequences of invertebrate behaviour. In 2018 he developed Australia’s first interactive spider identification app, Spidentify, and produced the book Minibeasts – True rulers of our world and the key to our survival.  His expertise in working with live invertebrates has taken him around the world, from the deserts of Arizona to the jungles of Costa Rica.


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Mieke Boynton EFIAP/d1 APSEM




Saturday:  1.30pm - 2:40pm

Keynote  Speaker:   "The Art of Abstract Aerial Photography"

AIPP Victorian Landscape Photographer of the Year 2019. 


In 2008, Mieke Boynton moved to the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia for a teaching job and instantly fell in love with the ancient, rugged landscape. She began capturing photographs as a way of sharing her appreciation with family and friends, and this quickly developed into an all-encompassing passion.


Since then, she has travelled the world seeking out remote and beautiful landscapes, and her authentic and stunning images beckon the viewer to immerse themselves in Nature’s beauty. In addition to her landscapes, Mieke specialises in abstract aerial photography: photographing Nature’s lines, shapes, patterns, colours and textures from helicopters and light planes.


Mieke has been a member of the Australian Photographic Society since 2011 and was awarded the Grand Master distinction in 2016 and the APS Exhibitor’s Medal in 2017. She has received twelve FIAP Gold medals from the International Federation of Art Photography. She joined the Australian Institute of Professional Photography in 2017, and in 2018 was named AIPP Victorian Travel Photographer of the Year.


Mieke recently settled back in the Alpine Valleys of Victoria to be closer to her family, and she enjoys sharing her knowledge through presentations and workshops, and carrying out commissioned landscape and aerial work.



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Andrew Thomas


Sunday:  10:00am - 11:10am

Keynote Speaker: Eureka! - Golden Landscapes of the Ballarat District

Andrew Thomas has been capturing the Ballarat district for over 10 years and in that time he has compiled an incredible archive of images. His images will be an eye-opener to the incredible diversity of landscapes in this area, not traditionally looked upon as a destination for landscape photographers. Lakes, mountains, rivers, farming, waterfalls - would you believe he has found around 20 waterfalls all within 42 kilometres of Ballarat! He has been out and about capturing the unique light he is known for at all times of the day and in all types of weather - two of his images have featured in the most recent Bureau of Meteorology Weather Calendars. His work has recently risen to great heights, literally, and his aerial images will be a highlight of his presentation.


Andrew is also well known for his photography of the USA National Parks and his book published across North America in 2016 was the first complete coverage of all National Parks in the USA National Park system by the one photographer.


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Karen Alsop APP M.Photog.


Saturday:  11:40am - 12:40pm

Keynote Speaker: “The Magic of Photoshop"

Imaginative, conceptual art born of Photography, and manipulated into a mesmerising surreal story telling image.


Karen Alsop is an international award winning Australian, Melbourne based photographic digital artist. Expanding on two decades of photographic and graphic design experience, Karen brings photography and art together to create stunning artworks that tell a story and take the viewer into another world.

Karen is the AIPP 2018 Animal/Pet Photographer of the Year Specialising in Portrait Art, her digital portraiture captures the personality and character of her subjects by placing them within a visual story highlighting their interests. Karen uses the power of Photoshop to composite multiple captures together, making the impossible possible within her art.