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About Col

Col Ellis PhotographerCol Ellis is a Canberra based Photographer, who specialises in nature and environmental Fine Art Photography. He has been photographing the nuances of nature for over 30 years, and specialises in selecting subjects or parts of subjects which speak to him in a spiritual sense, or with more of an undefined ‘feeling’ rather than a straight literal interpretation.

His passion in life is seeking both the visual harmony and spiritual aura in the environment, and interpreting the aesthetics through the photographic medium using natural light, form, and texture. He will often study several captured images together, and if he feels the need to deepen the visual spiritual connection, will blend and fuse two or more images together to enhance the connection for both himself and the viewer. Col has a strong fascination with the creation versus evolution debate, and is continually fascinated by the intricacies and the workings of nature, which combined with his own unique vision and artistic talents, is the source of his major artworks.

Col believes in a spiritual connection between mankind and the primeval forces which have sculpted and shaped our landscape and flora and fauna, and believes that if we are separated from nature and its inherent beauty, then our spirit and soul is also being separated and deprived of natural nourishment and growth. The subtle nuances and beauty of the environment are an essential part of both our physical and psychological well being, and Cols greatest desire in life is to bring that connection back into the lives of others for the health and well-being of all.

Bio

2009

  • Silver Award
    Australian Professional Photography Awards, Sydney, Australia

2008

  • Exhibition ‘Roadkills and Roadside Memorials’
    Gallery 27, Kingston
  • Exhibition ‘Tibet Unveiled’
    Framemaker Gallery, Canberra City

2007

  • Exhibited Beowulf Gallery
    Woollahara, Sydney
  • Exhibited ‘Art Melbourne’
    Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
  • Exhibited 2007 Daylesford Foto Biennale
    Daylesford, Victoria
  • Three Silver Awards
    Australian Professional Photography Awards, Melbourne, Australia

2006

  • Exhibition ‘Birragai and Beyond’
    Canberra
  • Exhibition ‘Spiritual Bond’
    Gallery 27, Canberra
  • Silver Distinction Award
    Australian Professional Photography Awards, Sydney, Australia

2005

  • Master of Photography Accreditation
  • Two Silver Awards
    Australian Professional Photography Awards, Brisbane, Australia

2004

  • Gold Distinction, Gold, Silver Distinction, Silver Awards
    Australian Professional Photography Awards, Sydney, Australia
  • Represented in Tasmanias Wilderness Gallery ‘Break o’ Day’ Exhibition
  • Represented in 2004 APPA National Tour Exhibition
  • Open Folio Award
  • ACT AIPP Photography Awards

2003

  • Two Silver Awards
    Australian Professional Photography Awards, Perth, Australia

2002

  • Gold & three Silver Awards
    Australian Professional Photography Awards, Brisbane, Australia
  • Represented in 2002 APPA National Tour Exhibition

2000

  • Silver Award
    Australian Professional Photography Awards, Sydney, Australia

1999

  • Silver Award
    Australian Professional Photography Awards, Melbourne, Australia

1998

  • Three Attainment Awards
    Australian Professional Photography Awards Adelaide, Australia

1997

  • 2 Silver Awards
    Australian Professional Photography Awards. Canberra, Australia

1996

  • Silver Award
    Australian Professional Photography Awards. Brisbane, Australia
  • Represented in Australian Heritage Commission
  • Wild Rivers National Photographic Touring Exhibition

1995

  • Silver Award
    Australian Professional Photography Awards. Sydney, Australia
  • ACT Portrait Photographer of the Year
  • ACT Illustrative Photographer of the Year
  • ACT AIPP Photography Awards Winner of Landscape Category
  • Winner of Theme Category Photex 1995
    Canberra, Australia

1994

  • Merit Award
    19th Exhibition of Police Photography of Australasia and South West Pacific Region, Canberra, Australia
  • Place Winner in Self Commissioned Category Photex 1994
    Canberra, Australia
  • Winner of Best Colour Photo of the Year
    CIT Associate Diploma of Arts in Photography Awards

1993

  • Place Winner in Category
    18th Exhibition of Police Photography of Australasia and South West Pacific Region,Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Silver Award
    Australian Professional Photography Awards, Sydney, Australia
  • Representation in CIT Imagebank Collection
  • Representation in APPA National Tour Exhibition
  • Winner – Bica Prolab Open Award
    For Academic Achievement, CIT Associate Diploma of Arts in Photography

1992

  • Grand Prize and Category Place Winner
    17th Exhibition of Police Photographyof Australasia and South West Pacific Region,Brisbane, Australia
  • Feature Article
    Lightning Photography, the Electric Atmosphere, Australian Photography magazine
  • Publication in Ford/New Holland
    Rural Heritage Award calendar
  • Publication in Kodak/Australian Photography
    My Country calendar

1991

  • Production of video
    Beneath the Southern Cross – Images of Australia
  • Place Winner
    A Day in the Life competition, Australian Photography

1990

  • Solo Exhibition
    Australian Eulogy Gorman House, Canberra.