Shimmer Photographic Biennale Reference Panel

Paul Atkins

Paul Atkins

Paul Atkins runs Atkins Photo Lab with his wife Kate (the Creative Director of the company) and a team of dedicated staff. Atkins Lab is celebrating it's 81st year serving photographers and the public.  Paul has also spent five years on the State council of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, three as president, and now sits on the National Board of the AIPP. For ten years Paul served as president of the national Association of Professional Colour Imagers, and three as President of the Photo Marketing Association of Australia.


Gavin Blake

Gavin BlakeGavin Blake is the founder and Director of The Centre for Creative Photography in Marleston. It is the only Nationally Accredited privately operated photographic school in South Australia, it is also the largest department of its kind in the state.

Blake received his visual art education in South Australia (BFA SA School of Art 1981) and in the U.S.A. (MFA the University of Delaware 1991).  Gavin has been lecturing in photography and other art related topics since 1980 and has been a practicing artist since 1978.

Blake has facilitated and lectured about photography and many art-related topics on numerous levels extensively in South Australia and on the East Coast of the United States in particular.

Gavin has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout his career.  He now lives locally and maintains his own studio in Adelaide

He is represented in numerous public and private collections in Australia, Europe and the United States.


Tony Kearney

Tony KearneyTony is an analogue photographer whose unique process incorporates putting medium and large format old film through even older cameras. Tony exhibits regularly and has most recently been concentrating on portrait photography.

His skills are  widely recognised with some recent successes including; final jury round of the international fine art photography awards in Paris, finalist in the $25,000 Kennedy Contemporary Art Award, winner of the $5000 RED challenge , and most recently  he was shortlisted for the inaugural $15,000 Martin Kanto Portrait Prize with a portrait of Linda Syddick Napaltjarri. His work graces the walls of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital and has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery. 

For Tony photography is a passion and he shares this enthusiasm as a part time lecturer teaching B&W photography at the University of South Australia.  


Suzanne Laslett

Suzanne LaslettSuzanne Laslett trained as a journalist and has been published as a writer and photographer in newspapers and magazines throughout Australia and the UK.  She has been recognised for several of her press photographs and took out Best News Photograph of the Year at the SA Country Press Awards in 1982.

As a creative photographer, she has exhibited in group and solo shows in SA and interstate for more than 25 years.  Her work is included in private, government and corporate collections throughout Australia, Europe, Japan, United Kingdom and USA.

Suzanne has also worked on collaborative projects with poets, musicians, sculptors and artists. Her photographs are featured in three books - Portraits of Life, Faces of the Smelter and Pictures from the Port. She is also the author of a children’s book, illustrated by Robert Hannaford, which is included in the South Australian Collection of Authors and Composers at the Mortlock Library in Adelaide.


Ros Miller

Ros Miller

Ros Miller is the owner of Red Poles Gallery/Restaurant/B&B/Cellar Door in McLaren Vale since establishing the venue in 2005.The gallery features a new exhibition every 6 weeks as well as representing more than 300 artists who have work there on consignment. Ros is also herself a mixed media artist who has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout her career and her works are represented in private collections in South Australia, Australia and overseas. She has a Degree in Visual Arts and Graphic Design and a BA Honours Degree and a postgraduate Degree in Librarianship.

Ros has been Chair of Fleurieu Peninsula Tourism for the past 8 years and has been a Board member for many years for the Fleurieu Biennale and Arts in Health at Flinders Medical Centre.



Deborah Paauwe

Deborah PaauweDeborah Paauwe is a highly regarded photo based artist whom has exhibited in over 35 solo exhibitions and 100 group exhibitions throughout Australia, UK, Europe, Asia, New Zealand and the USA. Her work is represented in over 35 collections including the National Gallery of Australia; National Gallery of Victoria; Art Gallery of South Australia; Art Gallery of Western Australia and Artbank. In 2004 Wakefield Press published a hardcover book on Paauwe’s work titled “Beautiful Games” written by Wendy Walker. Deborah Paauwe is represented in Australia by GAGPROJECTS/Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide and Michael Reid, Sydney & Berlin.