PPAQ Photography Awards | Meet the Judges: Leah Desborough

Leah’s career launched simultaneously with the introduction of Brisbane first Lifestyle magazine, the “Brisbane News” Magazine as Chief Photographer in 1994, followed by extensive experience in London working for “The Times” and Mirror Group as Chief Photographer for the South London Press. Her last position before coming home to Australia in 2010 was Picture Editor for 5 National Newspapers across the UK.

Immersed in the Photography Industry since days of film, Leah continues with her established Business to specialize in high-end fields incorporating Commercial Photography, Editorial, Portraiture, Personal and Business Branding, Architecture and Interior Design, Food and Fashion.

LDP Studio Brisbane opened in 2018 and services her Corporate, Branding and Fashion Clients.

Leah has also been teaching Photography, specifically Business and Marketing plus Media to Diploma Students since 2012 at Queensland TAFE and presently at Torrens University in Fortitude Valley. She is also regularly invited to present to Industry and speak at Women’s Business groups on Personal and Business Branding.

With career spanning 25 years, Leah is currently developing a Mentoring Program for emerging and established Photographers to help them achieve successful and profitable Photographic Businesses in a highly competitive market.



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The Photography Awards | Meet the Judges: Mark Lutz

Mark Lutz – Owner, Art House Reproductions

Most biographies start at the beginning and end up in the present – I’m going to work my way backwards, just to be a little different. I like to live in the now and look forward to the future, not dwelling on the past.

2019 sees me celebrating 18 years in business as Art House Reproductions, www.arthousehq.com,  based at Bowen Hills in Brisbane. We are recognised for helping artists make more income from their art through reproductions, offering sales and marketing advice, seminars and our online store, www.buyartnow.com.au. We also provide high end fine art printing and finishing services to professional and amateur photographers with www.inkjetlab.com.au.

Art House began in 2001 following nearly 3 decades working in the family studio of Lutz Photographics. My parents, Col and Lorraine, began the business in 1971 and I pushed them into retirement in 1996. Our main studio was at Mt Gravatt in Brisbane but for a few years we also had a studio and minilab in Southport on the Gold Coast.

Back in those days most studios did a bit of everything and while we specialized in weddings and portraits, there was plenty of commercial, aerial, christenings, funerals, headshots and more to keep us busy. We began printing our own colour prints in the mid 70’s and ran our own in-house lab until 1996 when I moved the Mt Gravatt studio to my home at Wellington Point.

In the 90’s, not sure of the exact years now, I spent around 6-7 years on the Qld Council of the AIPP, serving two years as State President. I was also a Certified Professional Photographer in the PPAQ. The CPP program was instigated by Col during his term as President of the PPAQ.

That’s about it – spent all my adult life and half my teens around photography, photographers, arty people, printing, marketing and sales. Seen many photographers come and go, the good, the bad and the ugly (you know who you are) and worked through the analog/digital transition – never want to touch a piece of film again!

This year I’ll be old enough to officially be classed as a Senior but I’m not ready to retire yet. I love what I do and I’ve got plenty left in the tank.

The First PPAQ Photography Awards

The PPAQ Photography Awards is an opportunity for you to become involved in a distinctive cultural life that can only be offered by the wonderful state we live in. We invite you to share your vision with us.

In 2018/19, residents and students have the opportunity to submit their original images of Queensland’s unique character.


Entries close 28 February, 2019.

This Year’s Brief: “My Queensland”

Queensland is a State like no other: From harsh deserts to impenetrable rainforest; from crystal clear coral seas to soaring skyscrapers; from urban chic to country character. It’s a world of photographic opportunity at our door.

The PPAQ buy soma challenges you to show us something that truly represents our diversity. We’re less interested in seeing the Story Bridge at sunset, and more interested in seeing the way humans interact with the land or sea. Less your family pet, and more the struggles of nature to come to terms with our extreme climate. Less, your backyard, and more the way Queensland is seen by the rest of Australia and the world.

In fact, surprise us. It’s home to all of us, but what does it mean to you?

Photograph © Jannine McFarlane, CPP