BALLARAT INTERNATIONAL FOTO BIENNALE

Professional Portfolio Review

Monday 21st August

This review gives photographers and photo media artists who are already part of the industry or want to enter it, a chance to have their portfolios reviewed by respected commercial art world professional. This is a wonderful opportunity for photographers, to gain valuable feedback and constructive critique on their portfolio of work, providing a great occasion to expand their network and maybe even land a job or two.  

We are offering fifteen-minute face-to-face reviews with (4) four reviewers from our selection of industry experts, who will provide you with indispensable insight and advice.

Please find below our reputed Professional Reviewers.

Click on the picture to read more about the reviewer and pick your desired reviewers .

You will be given a chance to select 6 (six) of your preferred reviewers later.

*Please note, we will do our best to accommodate your preferences for reviewers, however this is not guaranteed.

  • David Ponce De Leon

    Executive Creative Director | Ogilvy | Australia

    David began his career as a designer, eventually moving into art direction and honing his craft at creative agencies ranging from large multinationals to small independent shops; including George Patterson Y&R, Leo Burnett, Lifelounge, BD Australia and McCann. Before joining Ogilvy, he served as Group Creative Director of McCann Melbourne.

    David has been awarded more than a hundred times on all major national and international advertising award shows with work for brands like adidas, AAMI, Heinz, Mars, Metro, Nintendo, Seek, Schweppes, Suzuki, Tigerair, Whiskas, WorkSafe and the Victorian Government.During his career, he had the opportunity to work with some of the best Australian commercial photographers and has a keen interest in photography in general.

    For the past decade, Ponce de León has been actively involved in training the next generation of Australian creative talent through his role leading the Melbourne AWARD School program and most recently as the head of ADMA Creative School.

  • Helen Watts

    Director | Watts Design | Australia

    A passion for design excellence and great client service has kept Helen Watts, of Watts Design, creating meaningful and resonating communications over 25 years.

    Established in 1989, initially as a one-woman operation, Watts Design has built a reputation for creating compelling brands and designs that resonate strongly with clients and the public.
    Over the years Helen’s designs have gained attention from clients, colleagues and judges. Her work (and the work of the studio) has been published in more than 80 prestigious peer journals and won many national and international awards.

    Apart from her busy schedule at Watts Design, Helen has always been keen to give back to the industry. She was on the Council of the Victorian Chapter of AGDA for five years, serving three years as State President. She sits on design award panels, guest lectures at universities and other education providers, and serves on education and government advisory groups.

  • Kim Percy

    Creative Director - Design | Designscope | Australia

    Kim Percy is a passionate and innovative designer, creative director and artist. From an early age Kim identified as an artist so began her career with a BA in painting, printmaking and photography. The creative autonomy of the Media Arts department and Masters program at RMIT allowed Kim to develop a deep conceptual understanding and explore digital images and abstraction.

    It was by default that Kim stumbled into design. Her partner Morgan Williams had begun a rapidly expanding communication design studio and needed help. Kim learnt on the job and within a few years she was stepping into the role of Senior Designer. Kim was able to bring her creative flair and conceptional awareness into the more constrained process of graphic design, producing fresh, exciting work for both web and print projects. Her years of art critique provided an unique insight into clients needs, resulting in creative solutions that are always a bit left of centre.

    Kim still considers herself primarily an artist and regularly exhibits both here in Australia and more recently in New York City. She has been finalists in a number of Australia’s art prizes including the Bownes Photographic Award 2016 and Wyndham Art Prize 2017. As a designer she is Creative Director at designscope, a successful design company in regional Victoria and sits on a number of boards including Hepburn Shire Public Art Panel. She also lectures part time at Federation University in both Communication Design and Fine Art.

  • Morgan Williams

    Creative Director - Digital | Designscope | Australia

    Morgan Williams qualifications include a BA from RMIT University in Visual Communication and a Diploma in Multi-media from Victoria University. He has a certificate in workplace training and regularly lectures at university. He often runs web and design workshops for clients and business leaders.

    He is currently the Creative Director of Designscope, a successful design company in regional Victoria. For the past 25 years he has also engaged in freelance projects. In 2015 he graduated from the Leaders Forum, Ballarat, which gave him insight into his own leadership style.

  • Sally Brownbill

    Creative Advisor | lecturer | keynote speaker

    Sally Brownbill, a trained commercial photographer, is now one of Australia’s most highly respected creative intermediaries.

    A much sought-after judge, lecturer and keynote speaker, Sally has developed a professional reputation in Australia and overseas as the authoritative voice on folio construction, career advice and editing images for exhibition and web.

    Sally comes in with a fresh set of eyes and ears and looks at the work from a totally different perspective to the creator.
    She helps to make sense of the images and has a very real talent for being able to create a folio that not only impresses but one that the creator can feel proud of and most importantly show their personality in.

    She understands that editing your own images is a tough thing to do. For more than 15 years, she has been running individual sessions with photographers and other creatives to guide them though image selection, career questions along with being a great source of inspiration and helping them to reignite and realise their passion.

  • Wendy Mace

    Retail Creative Director | Cummins&Partners | Australia

    Wendy describes herself as a retail specialist having designed countless campaigns for Australia’s leading retail brands across a variety of categories – Fashion, Homewares, Hardware. Pharmaceuticals,Banking, Utilities and more. She believes she understands retail from the retailers point of view, especially having
    worked in-house at Coles Myer early in her career.

    Her experience spans 30 years, creatively directing print, television, digital and social content, together with packaging, point-of-sale and brand development.
    She has directed, produced and cast 100’s of stills shoots and has been described as a ‘suity’ CD, building strong client relationships and overseeing creative teams.

    Developing new brands has been a career highlight for her including Forever New, Kmart’s ‘Australia’s Choice’, World 4 Kids, Urban Home Republic, Adairs Kids and Jeanswest Junior.

  • Narelle Brewer

    Design and Art director | Round, Melbourne Design Studio | Australia

    Narelle is a design and art director at Melbourne design studio, Round, whose client list includes names such as MSO, Ian Potter Gallery, Melbourne Music Week, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Cutler & Co, MUMA and a host of other key hospitality, arts and retail players. A true multi disciplinarian, she has a background in photography and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art (Honours) and a Post Graduate degree in Graphic Design (RMIT). 

    During her 20-plus years in the industry, she has worked across the worlds of fashion, editorial, publishing, architecture, branding and the arts, with extensive experience in both Australia and Europe. 

    Independently Narelle also collaborates together with Perimeter Editions; designing books for contemporary artists including Polly Borland, David McDiarmid, Warwick Baker, Emma Phillips, Bartolomeo Celestino. In 2013, she co-founded Composite Journal, a title that she art-directs, designs and co-edits with Perimeter Editions.

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