20 September 2023
Photo: Ross Gudgeon, Bathed By Light, Monochrome finalist (detail)

Online Educators Evening: Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year


Online webinar

Are you an educator looking for new ways to excite and inspire your students? Join us on Wednesday 20 September for an online webinar showcasing our current 2023 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition, and find out how these breathtaking photographs can foster creativity and critical thinking in your students.

Now in its landmark 20th year of competition, the competition invites professional, emerging and junior photographers from around the world to celebrate the natural heritage of Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea.

This webinar shows how you can incorporate these images into the curriculum, whether it be using them as a hook or a catalyst for critical thinking and discussion.

We will hear from Dr Jared Thomas, the William and Margaret Geary Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and Material Culture, who will discuss cultural burning in response to the winning entry by Samuel Markham, My Country Burns. We will also have a live question and answer session with photographer, and exhibition partner, Paul Atkins.

Find out about how to plan a visit with your class and learn about our student question cards which facilitate critical and creative thinking.

You can download the question cards here. 

Registrations close on Monday 18 September.

Guest speakers:

Paul Atkins

Paul runs Atkins Lab with his wife Kate. Atkins was established in 1936 by Paul's grandfather Bill Atkins. Paul joined when he was 12 as a weekend photographer, but as the lab evolved at the turn of the last century, bringing digital photography and digital print to the professional industry became Paul's focus. Paul headed up the Australian Institute of Professional Photography both on the national board and as state president, and was national president of the Photo Marketing Association. Paul is a regular guest assessor for students of the Centre for Creative Photography, he judges photographic prizes, and curates exhibitions.

Jared Thomas

Dr Jared Thomas is the William and Margaret Geary Research Fellow, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Material Culture and Art at the South Australian Museum and University of South Australia.  He is the former Manager, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts and Culture at Arts South Australia and Lecturer at the University of South Australia where he worked as a lecturer of Communication: Aboriginal Studies and Literature from 2006-2013

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