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Achievements

Juried Awards/Fellowships/Grants

2014

HONORABLE MENTION Architecture. 7th Annual US Color Photography Masters Cup.

HIGHLY COMMENDED London Photographic Association Portraiture Prize. Let's Face It 10.

2013

Affiliate JM Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice. University of Adelaide, Australia.

FINALIST Cityscapes HONORABLE MENTION Landscape, Portraiture. 6th Julia Margaret Cameron International Awards for Women in Photography. USA.

HONORABLE MENTION Dark. 3rd Annual US Mobile Photography Awards.

NOMINEE Abstract. 8th Annual Black and White Spider Awards. New York.

NOMINEE Abstract, Americana, People, Still Life. 6th AnnualUS Color Photography Masters Cup.

Juror's Selection Water 2013. New York Center for Photographic Art.

2012

FINALIST Head-On Portraiture Prize. Australian Centre for Photography.

HONORABLE MENTION Landscape. PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris.

BRONZE Landscape. International Loupe Awards.

2011

FINALIST Architecture HONORABLE MENTION Landscape. 4th Julia Margaret Cameron International Awards for Women in Photography. USA.

2010

Slideshow Head-On Portraiture Prize. Australian Centre for Photography.

SEMI-FINALIST Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize.

2009

FINALIST Murrurundi Keddie's Pastoral Photographic Prize.

Slideshow Head-On Portraiture Prize. Australian Centre for Photography.

MERIT AWARD Still Life/Objects. Single Image Contest Awards. US B&W Magazine.

CAL Award for Creative Practice.

2008

NOMINEE Nature, Architecture 3rd Annual Black and White Spider Awards. New York.

Slideshow Head-On Portraiture Prize. Australian Centre for Photography.

FINALIST Olive Cotton Portraiture Prize. Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah NSW.

FINALIST Photographic Portraiture Prize. Wollongong City Regional Gallery, NSW.

2007

NOMINEE Nature 2nd Annual Black and White Spider Awards. New York.

BRONZE London Photographic Association Portraiture Prize. Calumet Galleries UK.

Slideshow Head-On Portraiture Prize. Australian Centre for Photography.

FINALIST Olive Cotton Portraiture Prize. Tweed River Art Gallery Murwillumbah NSW.

Womenphotographers.co.uk. Photograph of the month. December.

2006

FINALIST Art & About 2006. The Sydney Life City of Sydney Photography Prize.

WINNER Photographic Portraiture Prize. Wollongong City Regional Gallery.

Kodak Salon. Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne.

FINALIST Head-On Portraiture Prize. Australian Photographer’s Gallery, Sydney.

2005

FINALIST Olive Cotton Portraiture Prize. Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah NSW.

2003

Nikon This is Australia 2003 Certificate of Merit.

FINALIST Agfa Action, Emotion, Memories worldwide competition.

Solo Exhibitions

2014

City Crossings City Library, Adelaide.

-2014 SALA Festival Artist

City Crossings: Mobile in Adelaide Waverley Library, Sydney.

- Associate Artist Head On Photo Festival 2014

2010

Quarantine Loop Space, Newcastle.

2009

Quarantine The Print Exposed Ballarat International Foto Biennale.

2008

Romance of Death, Paris Horsham Regional Art Gallery, Victoria.

2007

Wallworx Newview Gallery Sydney.

2006

Breath, the Hours Addison Road Gallery, Sydney.

2005

Wallworx Mercury Gallery, Wollongong City Regional Gallery.

Romance of Death, Paris

- Marrickville Open Studio Trail Addison Road Gallery, Sydney.

- Gallery East, Sydney.

2004

Remnants Gallery East, Sydney.

2002

Lilies and Lotus:light movement form Palm House, Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney.

Rocks: Sightings Last Drop Café, Dulwich Hill, Sydney.

Selected Group Exhibitions/Collaborations

2013

Waterlight Landedge Greenaway Gallery, Adelaide Fringe collaboration.

2011

Romance of Death, Paris Poetic Infiltrations Residency Bundanon , NSW.

2009

Romance of Death, Paris Wordfire August Adelaide, South Australia.

Romance of Death, Paris BallaratInternational Foto Biennale, Victoria.

2008

Mardi Gras 30 Years Retrospective. TAP Art Gallery, Sydney.

2007

The Material Poem. Poetry and glosses. An anthology edited by James Stewart.

Kodak Salon. Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne.

Breath, the Hours. The Drunken Boat. Spring/Summer edition. US online journal.

Stencil Graffiti Capital:The Exhibition

-March - China Heights Gallery, Sydney.

-February - Until Never Gallery, Melbourne.

2005

Woman. Pointlight Gallery, Sydney.

Hidden Shrines II. With poet Jill Jones. Australia Council foyer, Sydney.

wallworx: context and empty shows

-Digital component of wallworx exhibition at Wollongong City Gallery.

2004

Shadowplay. With photographer Anne Lynam. Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Sydney.

c–side 1.1. Live Bait arts and music festival, Bondi Beach, January.

seashadow landlight. On the Beach Conference. Edith Cowan University, WA.

2003

Walk of Art. PICA 2003. Melbourne Convention Centre.

Slidenight: 2003. Curated event presented by Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance.

c–side 1. Electro fringe. Newcastle Young Writers Festival.

2002

Emergence 6. Pointlight Gallery, Sydney.

2001

Crosslines. Kings Cross Festival.

Artist in Residence

2012

Bundanon Trust, NSW Australia

Reviews

‘Master’s tiny jewels provide the highlights’, Sydney Morning Herald, 26 July 2005, p 14.

‘Diverse portraits with a chilly edge’, Sydney Morning Herald, 3 May 2005, p 14.

‘Humanity’s splendour and decay’, Sydney Morning Herald, 9 July 2004, p 12.

Publications

2013

Issues 61 (1 photograph) and 62 (4 photographs) F Stop Online Photography Magazine

2011

Self Portrait, Terowie Australian Photography and Gallery Compendium 2011.

Seashadow Landlight

UA/AU Contemporary Ukrainian and Australian Poetry and Photography. Ed Les Wicks. KROK Publishing.

2010

Cover Photograph. Dark Bright Doors

Book of poetry by Jill Jones. Wakefield Press. South Australia.

2009

The Material Poem. An anthology. Edited by James Stewart.

Three photographs in the anthology Small City Tales of Strangeness and Beauty. Ed. G. Britton and S. Lawrence. Wakefield Press.

2006

Radio 3CR’s 2006 Seeds of Dissent Calendar.

2005

Stencil Graffiti Capital: Melbourne

Jake Smallman and Carl Nyman. Mark Batty Publisher. New York.

Cover Photograph. Broken/Open

Book of poetry by Jill Jones. Salt Publishing. UK and USA.

2003

Cover Photograph. Screens Jets Heaven

Book of poetry by Jill Jones, Salt Publishing. UK and USA. Winner of 2003 NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry.

Boy in the Bubble

Photograph of the month. Nikon Light Reading, Summer.

Cactus light. The Perfect Diary. Big Stick Productions.

Collections

State Library of New South Wales.

Various private collections in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, the UK, Germany, Singapore and Hong Kong.

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About Me

Annette explores issues and themes through narrative photo essays featuring images that are often deliberate lyrical abstractions.

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E-Mail: awillis@annettewillis.com

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About Me

Annette Willis was born in Sydney, Australia. Prior to taking up photography fulltime in 2002 Annette was a teacher, academic, research analyst and journalist. Annette explores issues and themes through narrative photo essays featuring images that are often deliberate lyrical abstractions. Her photographic style is defined by closely cropped compositions.

She has had twelve solo exhibitions at galleries in Australia and has had work shown in London, New York and at the 3rd International Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography in Malaga, Spain (2014).

Her early work focused on Australian industrial heritage and the ephemeral: street art and street artists, Cockatoo Island in Sydney, cemeteries, the odd things that turned up in the streets and crevices of local neighbourhoods, as well as nature images. Her photography has gained finalist places and Honorable Mentions in international photography awards including the Mobile Photography Awards (2013), Black & White Spider Awards (2007, 2008, 2013), the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women in Photography (2011, 2013), Prix de la Photographie (PX3) 2012, International Loupe Awards (2013) and the US Color Photography Masters Cup (2013, 2014).

Since 2006 Annette has added portraiture to her visual storytelling. She has been a finalist in many Australian and international portraiture prizes including Head On, Olive Cotton, the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, Sydney Life: Art and About and the London Photographic Association Portraiture Prize, Let's Face It (2007, 2014). In 2006 she won the Wollongong (NSW, Australia) Portraiture Prize.

Annette is interested in the dichotomous relationship between the Australian landscape and human habitation. She spent two years photographing the derelict Quarantine Station at North Head in Sydney. This work was exhibited as Reimagined Topographies at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale in 2009. Currently she is working on Lost Geographies which sheds light on the lives and histories of the people, places and communities who live on or north of Goyder's Line (the 10 inch rainfall isohyet) in the mid-north of rural South Australia. This work will be published as Ghost Land by Wakefield Press.

Since September 2013 Annette has been documenting street life in Australia and overseas using a mobile phone. She has been regularly posting this work on Instagram where her photography has received more than a hundred features. Some of this work has appeared in Issue 62 (2013) of F Stop Magazine, an online photographic journal. Several of these images have received juried awards. In 2014 Annette will exhibit her mobile phone street photography series, City Crossings: Mobile In Adelaide as part of the Head On Foto Festival in Sydney and in the SALA Festival in Adelaide.