Walkley Awards finalist recognition for past student of Photography course

Walkley Awards finalist recognition for past student of Photography course

By Susan Burdett
08 Jan 2018
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James Wiltshire with Photography teacher Ben Eyles

James Wiltshire completed his photography studies with Wodonga TAFE in 2012, and was nominated as a finalist in the ‘News Photography’ category of the Nikon-Walkley Award for Excellence in Photojournalism, as part of the 62nd Annual Walkley Awards held late in 2017.

Wodonga TAFE’s Photography and Photo Imaging teacher, Ben Eyles, was very excited to hear the news that his past student was a finalist! As a very proud teacher, Ben spoke of these awards as the pinnacle of journalism excellence, saying it was very exciting to see such an achievement as a reward for the hard work of a past student. 

James is a great example of someone taking what they have learned here in the photography course and applying that to steadily build a career doing what he loves, said Ben.

James initially worked his photography part-time alongside other commitments. He then gained part-time employment at The Border Mail which turned into a full-time role as a professional photographer. James really has put in the hard work to create his own job in the industry.

Ben explained that the photography course has undergone some changes since James completed his diploma studies here on campus, with the Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging now fully available online.

The Diploma is the perfect choice if you already have a Certificate IV in Photo Imaging or related qualification, or have extensive work experience in photo imaging. Great candidates for this course have a good photographic eye, can quickly manipulate the camera’s manual settings, and are competent image editors in applications like Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Camera Raw or Capture One.

If this sounds like you, we’d love to see your portfolio”, said Ben. “Otherwise, you would come and study on campus to first complete the Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging”, said Ben. “If you need to build a portfolio and hands-on skills to gain a place in the Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging, that’s a great pathway.” Find out more about Photography and Photo Imaging courses at Wodonga TAFE, and how to apply to start your own photography journey. www.wodongatafe.edu.au/Course/Arts-Creative-Design-Digital-Media/Photography 

Read all the details about James’ nominated photo via The Border Mail, www.bordermail.com.au/story/4985450/photographer-james-wiltshire-nominated-for-walkley-award/

And view more of James' photography, as part of his work with The Border Mail, www.bordermail.com.au/story/5141144/wiltshire-wonders-the-best-photos-of-2017/  

Photo details:  Students James Wiltshire & Jasmine Boehm with Photography Teacher Ben Eyles. 
Photo credit: Mark Jesser, former WT Photography student, now also with The Border Mail.