To be eligible, applicants are requested to make a small donation ($19 for adult applicants, $5 for junior applicants) to an Australian charity of their choice.
Darren Jew Professional Ocean, Underwater and Wildlife Photographer
Darren Jew has photographed the planet’s landscapes and wildlife from Antarctica to Zambia over a 30-year career spent on mountain peaks, desert plains and beneath the ocean.
Darren was acknowledged as a ‘Canon Master’ in 2011 and is featured in the Netflix series Tales by Light that focuses on a select number of the world’s best photographers. Darren’s unique vision has earned him the accolade of Australian Professional Nature Photographer of the Year six times between 2007 and 2018.
Marian Drew Australian Artist
Marian Drew is one of Australia's most significant photographic artists, with a practice spanning 30 years in both education and exhibition. She has held more than 25 solo exhibitions in Australia, United States of America, France, Hong Kong and Germany.
Marian is currently Adjunct Associate Professor at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University and PhD candidate at the Canberra School of Art and Design, Australian National University. She was Queensland College of Art (QCA) Director of the Photography Program 2005-2016, and QCA Deputy Director, 2001-2003.
Natalia Mroz 2019 Explorer's Grant Recipient
Natalia is a photographer and content producer. For the last 15 years she has documented social and environmental issues for the United Nations, the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and various development and wildlife conservation NGO’s through photography, text, and video.
Her work has taken her from her home in Australia to Africa, where she has been based in Kenya for the last ten years. In 2019, Natalia was awarded as an Explorer’s Grant recipient with her project, Samburu Tribe and the Grevy's Zebra Trust, which engages indigenous African communities to maximise conservation outcomes for endangered species.
Telan Wade Explorer's Grant Co-ordinator
After co-ordinating the previous Explorer's Grants alongside CameraPro Founder Jesse Hunter, Telan will now be joining the judging panel. Telan has enjoyed facilitating the grant initiative and is excited to learn about Australian based, environmental projects for 2021.
"I believe this is a pivotal time for creatives, we are able to educate and share important stories and truths about what is happening in Australia, but also to help influence change where it is wanted by multiple communities. Over the last 5 years I've been at CameraPro it's been encouraging to see the Photography and Videography demographic widening.
2021 CameraPro Explorer’s Grant Recipients
Jannico Kelk (2021 Recipient)
Jannico Kelk is a wildlife photographer and videographer at Natural Australia Expeditions, co-founded with Jonathan Lucas. He has won and been shortlisted in several wildlife photography competitions and works alongside conservation NGOs
Jannico's project, Natural Australia Expeditions: The Mary River Turtle, seeks to shed light on the critically endangered Mary River turtle and Tiaro Landcare, the grass-roots community group dedicated to protecting this unique reptile from extinction.
Paul Daley is specialises in regenerative storytelling. Paul’s keen interest in ecosystem restoration and regenerative culture led him to work on grassroots projects throughout Indonesia. He is inspired to deepen local connections and create content that supports solution-focused storytelling.
Paul’s project, Fire Lore: Indigenous Cultural Burning, continues his work with the Githabul peoples and local fire ecologists to raise community awareness on the crucial need for indigenous land management through cultural burning.
Nicholas Carmichael is inspired to pursue documentary filmmaking and wilderness photography as a medium to create societal change. A winner of several competitions, he would like to explore how editing choices can improve the audience engagement of documentaries
Nicholas’ project, Saving Tasmania's Kelp Forests draws attention to the alarming decline of Tasmania’s giant kelp forests, and the research and action being taken to save and restore this very important marine ecosystem from extinction.
Sarah Osborn is a Brisbane-based documentary photographer and photojournalist. Sarah has earned numerous accolades for her work with well known organisations, international events, and regarding various social and political issues.
Sarah’s project, What remains here now?, continues her work with Forgotten Australians, giving voice to survivors of institutional care as they seek justice against their abusers.
Natalia Mroz is an Australian photographer, writer and audiovisual producer. For more than 15 years Natalia has documented social and environmental issues for the UN and assorted NGOs all over the globe.
Natalia’s project, Samburu Tribe and the Grevy's Zebra Trust, engages indigenous African communities to maximise conservation outcomes for endangered species.
Jolyon is an Australian filmmaker who's fascinated by subcultures, identity and community. The Staging Post, his critically acclaimed 2017 film about Afghan refugees stranded in Indonesia, helped spark a refugee-led education revolution.
Jolyon’s project focuses on Cisarua Refugee Learning Centre – a refugee-run school in West Java teaching 2,000 refugee children unable to attend schools.
Marcus Wong is a Perth-based photographer, filmmaker and graphic designer who was named the 2019 WA Young Volunteer of the Year. Through his work, Marcus is dedicated to voicing the untold stories of people in developing countries.
Marcus’ project focuses on Rafiki Africa Ministries, Buwooya Mission School, EthiopiAid and Action Ethiopia – locally run Ugandan and Ethiopian aid organisations assisting disadvantaged children, women and local farmers.
“This grant allows me to continue a project that is really important to me, to [survivor of institutional abuse] Margaret and to the Forgotten Australian community.
It will allow me to…raise awareness of Forgotten Australians, be with Margaret as she undergoes her court case to seek justice, and also…give back to a charity that is helping vulnerable children in our society.”
– Sarah Osborn (2019 Explorer’s Grant recipient)
“So grateful to CameraPro who funded this trip to be able to tell the stories of small organisations who often don’t have the resources to be able to tell their story to an international audience”