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NSW - Photo Walk with John Swainston and Fujifilm

Date: August 04, 2020
Time: 05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Members: $35.00
Student Members: $20.00
Non-Members: $50.00
Location: Pyrmont, NSW
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TIMES: 5:30PM TO 8:00PM 


Your NSW Council presents a photowalk with John Swainston, proudly supported by Fujifilm who will be on hand with cameras on loan for the evening. We are meeting in Pyrmont for a 90 min walk taking in the Full Moon, Barangaroo views, the new Casino tower view with city lights, back streets of Pyrmont and the Anzac Bridge at night. The total route is about 3km, with a few light inclines.

The objective for the night will be to create a Photo Essay of 8 – 12 images, colour or monochrome, telling a story about the changing dynamics of a Cityscape. We will be looking for innovative expressions of change that a photo editor might see as a story worth publishing in a Photo magazine. Along the way attendees will be given hints and tips on establishing mood, message, storyline and tone. These will be submitted after the event for a follow-up online meeting.
• Warm clothes, cap/beanie
• Good hiking/walking shoes
• Camera and no more than two lenses; one fixed focal length and the other wide and fast! 
• Rain protection for you and your gear in case it is wet; The AIPP accepts no responsibility for any water or other damage incurred during the trip should it rain. 

5.15pm for 5.30pm start - meet for the walk at Pyrmont, location will be advised on confirmation of booking.
8pm - Conclusion of event

Please upload images by Monday 10th August, upload location will be advised on the night. Specifications below:

• 1500 pixels on the long edge
• JPG quality 9
• Naming convention:'Surname-number-description.jpg'. Max 4 words in description, eg: "Swainston_1_100_harris_lonely_cycle.jpg
• Images are to be watermarked and/or Copyright markings for identification

In the follow-up Zoom session online during the following week/s (details to be advised), each photographer will have the opportunity to briefly describe their objective and story and receive feedback.

COVID Safety information 
Regarding our Covid Safe measures, we rely on the NSW Dept of Health for direction. Please check their website prior to attendance for any updates. We will also be liaising with attendees prior to the event regarding safety precautions.

For this event, aside from the regular precautions outlined in the graphic above, please note:
  • Do not attend if you are feeling sick or unwell
  • Maximum capacity for attendance at the walk is 20 people. Please ensure you remain aware of and implement social distancing of 1.5m throughout the event.
  • Equipment is not to be shared.
  • Tickets MUST be pre-booked. Only pre-registered guests will be permitted to attend in person.
  • We will be taking a register of attendees and NO additional tickets will be available to purchase on the night. Please do not arrive without pre-booking as we will not be able to permit you to join the walk.


John Swainston
John Swainston was born in London, and migrated to Australia in 1979, by way of Chicago. He has had anear fifty-year career in the Photo Industry in various Australian and International roles, including 24 years as MD of Nikon distributor, Maxwell Optical. He is a recent past President of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, of which he is also an Honorary Fellow and an Associate. He was a Commercial Category Finalist in the Epson NSW Photo Awards in 2018. John is also a past President of the Photo Industry Council of Australia. 

John is an Advisory Board member of the HeadOnFoundation, which stages the HeadOn Photo Festival in Sydney, which was called the HeadOnline Festival in 2020.
John is currently writing a book with architectural images of all the 47 Anglican cathedrals of England & Wales, for April 2020 publication. In July he will publish a small book, Sydney Locked Down - a photo essay on the City of Sydney without people in April 2020.

John lives in Bowral, but started his Australian working life in Pyrmont in 1979.

The AIPP is a volunteer-based organisation. We ask that by booking an event with us, you understand that a limited place has been reserved for you. As such, bookings for this event are nonrefundable. If you are unable to attend you may transfer your booking to a friend.