PPAQ Photography Awards | Meet the Judges: Clare Lacanau

As a specialist newborn photographer I am able to combine my two biggest passions in life, art and working with infants.

Born in Hereford, England and spending my formative years in Africa helped me develop my keen interest in the arts. There is so much to appreciate there when you open your eyes to it. Add to that a father with a passion for photography, my destiny was always going to be behind the lens.

We moved to Australia when I was nine. I pursued music, and started playing the flute in the various ensembles at school and continued on after school as a flautist in the Qld Wind and Brass orchestra.  My passion for photography grew when I received my first SLR camera for my 18th birthday. It still has pride of place in my studio to remind me of how far I’ve come.

I spent 9 years in early education while raising my own family of three beautiful children, mainly teaching music to infants and toddlers. When I finally decided to change my focus to fulltime photography it was only natural that I was drawn to newborns and with my previous training it was a perfect fit. I have been in business as Clare Lacanau Photography now for 4 years and I’m loving the interactions with new mothers and their babies.

I understand the importance of capturing all the wonderful moments and milestones that seem to fly by. My passion is to make sure my clients have beautiful archival quality images that record their family’s memories. My hope is that my images will become priceless family heirlooms.

I am currently a council member of the Professional Photographers’ Association of Queensland.

PPAQ Photography Awards | Meet the Judges: Colin Bushell

Trying to pigeonhole Colin is a tough business: photographer, journalist,
educator, writer, broadcaster, business consultant and purveyor of 1970s
progressive rock music (not everything is explainable!).

His first camera, purchased in 1982, was an Olympus OM2, as he explained, “I was a fan of David Bailey, and he used an OM2, so it really was the only choice for me!”

When his day job was as a consumer law enforcement officer in London, he was moonlighting as a music journalist, and rubbing shoulders with the who’s-who of 80s rock music. His greatest interviewee? David Bowie.
Arriving in Australia in 1998, Colin and his wife, Nikki have lived in every corner of the country, and been across the Nullabor three times, in search of new adventures. In 2005, Colin won the WA State lexapronorx.com/ Literature Mentorship Award for his novel, Lost Dogs.

Colin spends an average of two months a year traveling the world, but since 2005, has been based in Brisbane, where he owns and runs Bigger Boat Creative Solutions and Colin Bushell Photography, offering creative business solutions, content writing and personalised photography for individuals and businesses. In 2015, he won The Lord Mayor’s Photographic Award, for his photo, ‘Junkyard Revelation’. He has been a regular contributor to publications such as, Brisbane News, Indulge and West End Magazine and has been a guest presenter on the ABC.

Colin runs creative photography workshops, and is co-owner of Curious Engine Photography Experience, offering customised photography tours to locals and travellers alike.

He is currently Vice President of The Professional Photographers’ Association of Queensland.