ABOUT TEBANI

I first fell in love with photography over 20 years ago when my high school art teacher introduced me to the art form. Instantly, I was hooked, spending most of my time volunteering at local photo labs. Now, in 2020, I’m located on the Sunshine Coast, working as a portrait photographer, liaising with local businesses.

In 1991, I was a former graduate of the Queensland College of Art and was awarded the AIPP Qld Student Photographer of the Year. Then, in 2000 I was able to begin my first business venture, ‘tebani photography’ where I quickly established a name for myself in wedding and portrait photography. I’ve since been honoured with awards and had the privilege of being exhibited and published nationally and internationally.

As well as digital, I’ve had former training with film, which, in my opinion, gives the best grounding and knowledge for photography. I enjoy mixing digital with analogue, blending both their unique qualities together to create something beautiful.

Through the years, I began partaking in many expeditions where I got the chance to capture, the raw and unfiltered side of life. Documenting people, places and objects around me, in ways others don’t see. No photo is a mistake and with each shot of the camera, I want the viewer to identify with my style and feel the emotion captured through the lens. One of my favourite quotes, which drives a lot of my ambition, is from Magnum Photographer, David Alan Harvey.

“Don’t shoot what it looks like, shoot what it feels like.”

Photography has given me a great power and courage to travel and explore unseen sights and make connections with people I otherwise wouldn’t. A goal of mine is to continue to enjoy my time, capturing the hidden side of life and sharing it with the world.

AWARDS & PUBLICATIONS

  • 1991 AIPP Qld Student Photographer of the Year
  • 2019 American Black & White Magazine contest finalist
  • 1992 3rd Overall in the Prestigious Hassleblad Masters as well as taking out the Merit Award for the commercial section
  • 2019 Australian Photography Mono Awards Highly Commended
  • 2009 Runner up Prize for UK Black & White Magazine
  • 2019 Better Photography Photo of the Year Award - Top 20 with 3 Silver Awards
  • 2009 Selected finalist for Murrundi Keddies Photographic Prize
  • 2020 Selected Artist for Loud and Luminous Exhibition
  • 2009 Winner of the Still Life section for UK Black & White Magazine Photographer of the Year
  • 2020 Finalist in the Australian Silver Linings Awards
  • 2009 Selected finalist for the BSG Art Prize Melbourne
  • 2020 Australian Mono Awards - 4 Commended images
  • 2019 Selected image for the Lens Culture Online Gallery Street Photography Awards
  • 2020 NZIPP Iris Awards - 2 Silver Distinctions and 3 Silver Awards
  • 2019 Qld AIPP Documentary Professional Photographer of the year Finalist
  • 2020 Better Photography Photo of the Year Award - Top 20 with 5 Silver & 2 Bronze Awards
  • 2019 Australian Photography Awards finalists
  • 2021 AIPP Silver Lining Awards - 2nd Place Away Category
  • 2020 Rise International Photography Awards Finalists with 3 images in the Travel Category
  • 2021 NZIPP Iris Awards - Gold Distinction, Silver Distinction, 2 Silver & 2 Bronze Awards
  • 2021 Head On Photo Finalists
  • 2021 Australian Heritage Bank Photographic Awards finalist - 2 images selected
  • 2021 The Mono Awards - 2nd place 'Places' Category
  • 2021 Selected for Women Street Photographers group exhibition of 50 Photographers

Published in Australian and international Magazines and publications:

Australian Photography Magazine, Aust Capture Magazine, Aust Commercial Photography, Black & White Photography UK Magazine, B&W US Magazine, Australian Geographic, ‘N’ (Nikon) Magazine UK,  The Guardian Australia, Loud  & Luminous Book 2020 (a Celebration of Australian Women Photographers)

 

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

  • 1991 McGregor Photography Exhibition, Toowoomba
  • 2009 “Three Fantasies’ - a group exhibition of 3 female artists at Obscura Gallery Melbourne
  • 1991 ‘The Caroline Barker City of Brisbane’ exhibition
  • 2009 Murrundi Keddies Photographic Prize Exhibition, NSW
  • 1991 ‘Hodge Podge’ - a solo exhibition at The Photographers Gallery Brisbane
  • 2010 Travelling exhibition of the Uk for winners for Black & White Uk magazine Photographer of the Year
  • 1992 Hassleblad Masters held at Imagery Gallery Brisbane
  • 2010 BSG Art Prize Exhibition, Melbourne
  • 1992 ‘Under the Southern Sun’ - a group exhibition of Queensland Photographers, held at 3 galleries simultaneously (Imagery Gallery, The Photographers Gallery, and The MOCA Gallery, Brisbane)
  • 2010 ‘Lost and Found’ - a solo exhibition at BSG Art Gallery Melbourne
  • 2009 A group exhibition at the Crown Plaza Caloundra
  • 2020 Loud and Luminous online exhibition - Contact Sheet Gallery Sydney
  • 2021 Women's Street Photographers Virtual Online Exhibition of 50 Photographers
  • 2021 Australian Heritage Bank Photographic Awards Exhibition, Australia
  • 2021 Head On Photo Exhibition, Sydney Australia

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