About Melanie Sinclair BVis Dip.FineArt M.Photog ANZIPP USJ
Hello, my name is Mel (Melanie) Sinclair.
Landscape Photography is my Zen, my passion. I love nothing more than time with my camera and a moody, ephemeral scene to capture and translate into something magical.
My visual career began with undertaking University study in the Fine Arts, and in turn, I have had a lot of exposure to different disciplines within the creative industries. This creative training has allowed me to develop my attitudes and styles within Contemporary and Traditional Fine Art Photography. This is a lot of words to say that I love both a traditional landscape and what I'm discovering to be my style - a mix of both. I'm really enjoying exploring Queenslands' regional areas for new and never-before seen content. Less about the destination, more of the journey. I hope my images will inspire you to buy from a local artist, instead of mass-produced, generic art from Kmart or Ikea.
I love travel writing, and whenever I go away, my blog section is always teeming with new content and tales from the road. The shared experiences that make life what it is, are what I live for. The smiles of a shot captured, that warm feeling in the heart. I love to tell stories that resonate with my viewers. Let me take you on a journey... it'll cost you nothing but a bit of time.
I hope you find something here that strikes a chord with you.
2023- Toowoomba Photographic Society - End of Year Competition
2023- Beaudesert Camera Club - End of Year Competition
2023- Toowoomba Photographic Society vs Howick Camera Club (NZ) Friendly Competition
2023- Ekka (Royal Queensland Show) Photography Judge
2023- Kiama Shellharbour Camera Club
2023- Queensland Camera Group - Scapes
2022- TAFE Qld End of Semester Photography (Diploma + Advanced Certificate)
2021- Gold Coast Photographic Society - Scapes + Open
2021 - Queensland Camera Group - Scapes
2021- TAFE Qld End of Semester Photography (Diploma + Advanced Certificate)
2020 - Brisbane Camera Group Scapes
2019- Redlands International Photography Saloon (FIAP/PSA)
2019 - AIPP Queensland Epson State Awards Judge
2018 - Epson Panoramic Awards :- Open Competition
2018 - Redlands International Photography Saloon (FIAP/PSA)
2018 - AIPP Queensland Epson Professional Photographic Awards (QEPPA)
2017 - AIPP Queensland Epson Professional Photographic Awards (QEPPA)
2016 - Redlands Camera Club Local competition
2015 - Epson Panoramic Awards :- Amateur Competition
2023- current - Queensland Camera Group
2020-2021 - AIPP Awards Committee Member
2018-2019: AIPP Queensland State Events Manager
2017-2018: AIPP Queensland State President
2016-2017: AIPP QLD Council Member - Vice President
2014- 2021 - Former Accredited Professional Photographer with AIPP Queensland. (Australian Institute of Professional Photography) Post Nominals: APP MPhotog
2014-2017 - One Of a Kind Photography Adventures
2015-2018 NiSi Filters Brands Ambassador
2023- FINALIST - Galah Regional Photography Prize M|Arts Precinct Murwillumbah
2023- FINALIST - Lethbridge 20000 Small Scale Art Prize - Lethbridge Gallery "Fragility"
2023- FINALIST - Lethbridge Landscape Prize - Lethbridge Gallery "Linger" (Link to Finalists)
2023- FINALIST - Milburn Landscape Prize- Metcalfe Gallery - Brisbane Institute of Art "Keeping Score" (announcement)
2021- Stanthorpe Photography Awards - Finalist
2021 - The Mono Awards "Places" Category winner.
2020 - Australian Photography Awards - Places Finalist - 5th Place.
2020 - Semi-Finalist AIPP "Silver Lining Awards" Category; Isolated
2019 - AIPP Queensland Epson Professional Photographer of the Year Awards- Landscape Category Finalist.
2018 - Australian Photography Awards - FINALIST - Landscape Category
2016- Australian Professional Photography Awards - FINALIST - Australian Professional Creative Photographer Of The Year
2016 - Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA) 1xGold Distinction award, 2x Silver with Distinction awards, 1 x Silver Award
2016 - Queensland Epson Professional Photography Awards - 1 Gold award.
2015 - Golden Shopping Trolley Awards Top 40 - Finalist.
2015 - Photo Travel Awards - 1x PSA Ribbon, 2x IUP Ribbons
2015- Achieved Associate (yellow) AIPP Honours level - AAIPP
2015- Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA) 2 Silver awards, 1 Silver Distinction
2015 - Queensland Accredited Professional Photography Awards - 2 Silver awards - Landscape
2014 - International Loupe Awards - 2 Bronze Merit awards - Open Landscape and Science & Nature
2014 - Golden Shopping Trolley Awards "Golden Shopping Trolley Category" Winner
2014 - Landscape Photographers Network Competition "Street" - Winner
2014 - AIPP APPA (Australian Professional Photography Awards) - 1 Silver Distinction, 2 Silver Awards
2014 - Capture Magazine "Australia's Top Emerging Photographers" Landscape - Finalist
2013 - Global Arctic Awards - Finalist - "The Epitome of Enchanted Elegance"
2013- International Loupe Awards - 1 Silver Amateur, 3 Bronze Landscape, Amateur awards.
2013- Better Photography "Photograph of the Year Award 2013" - 5 Silvers, 2 Bronze.
2013- Epson International Pano Awards - 8 Bronze.
2012- Winner QORF “It’s Better Outdoors” Photography Competition. Natural Wonders section.
2012 – International Loupe Awards – Amateur Awards – 3x Bronze. Open Awards 1x Silver (Top 50 Landscape Amateur, Position 26)
2012 – Better Photography, Photograph of the Year 2012 – 5x Bronze
2012- Better Digital Camera Award 2012 – 1x Silver, 4x Bronze
2011 – International Aperture Awards – 3rd Place Amateur Landscape Finalist, plus 1 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze Awards.
2011 – Better Photography Photograph of The Year Competition 2011 – 1xSilver, 6xBronze.
2011 -Canon EOS 1 Wall – Peoples Choice Finalist
2010 -Nikon Australia MyNikonLife – Things That Make You Shiver Award
Winner : Photograph The Hitchhiker
2010 -International Aperture Awards – Top 50 Places Finalist. 4xSilver, 1xBronze Merit Awards
2010 -Landscape 500 – 1xSilver, 3xBronze Merit Awards
2010 -Better Photography, Photograph of The Year Award 4 Bronze Merit Awards
2009 -Lensbaby “Get Published” Highly Commended - Displayed in exhibition in Washington DC
2022- Ipswich News - Arts - feature artist for upcoming show.
2022- A-P-S (Australian Photographic Society) eNews - "A Question of Safety" September 2022 (link)
2022- A-P-S (Australian Photographic Society) eNews - "Minimalism" August 2022 (link)
2020 - Loud and Luminous - selected for exhibition
2019 - Gear Review: Nikon 20mm 1.8 on Shotkit
2019- Shotkit Featured
2019- Capture Magazine "From Frustration to Inspiration" Top photographers share insights to Creativity
2015 - Cover image John Grisham novel "Rogue Lawyer"
2014 - SLR Lounge Online Feature Spectacular Landscapes by Mel Sinclair
2014 - Global Arctic Awards "Best Arctic Photographs" Book with "The Epitome"
2013 – Australian Photography and Digital Magazine – Readers Images – 2 page spread. Blog Link
2012- Online – 15 Most Inspirational Photographers on 500px
2011 -Camera Magazine – March/April Issue 2011 World of EOS Promotion – EOS 1 Wall Winners, Page 37
2011 -Better Digital Camera- Issue 40 – Readers Images
2007 -RedBubble “Gaia” Book – Image ‘Quiet Little Corner of The World”
2004 -ICE Magazine- Issue 2 – Cover Image – AvantCard Publications
2023- Galah Regional Photography Prize exhibition finalist
2023- Lethbridge 20000 Small Scale Art Award Finalist "Fragility"
2023 - Lethbridge Landscape Prize- Lethbridge Gallery Paddington, Finalist "Linger" Exhibition runs May 6-23
2023 - Milburn Art Prize Finalist - Brisbane Institute of Art Metcalfe Gallery May 5-26
2022- Solo Exhibit "Aura" Arts Alive Ipswich Gallery October 14-22nd
2021- Loud and Luminous - POP Gallery Fortitude Valley, Qld Australia
2007 -Class of 2007 Graduating Visual Arts – QUT
2009 -Raw Convergence Photography Exhibition 2009 – Art Factory Gallery
2010 -Raw Convergence Photography Exhibition 2010 – Art Factory Gallery
2010 -Differing Visions Photography Exhibition – Kaliber, Fortitude Valley
2011 -Lensbaby “Be Seen in DC” Photographic Exhibition – Washington School of Photography March 2011
2012- Current – “The Epitome of Enchanted Elegance” – Cow’n'Calf Gallery, Stanley, Tasmania Link
2013- Current - "A Thing Called Love" - Cow'n'Calf Gallery, Stanley, Tasmania
2010 -Differing Visions Photography Exhibition– Kaliber, Fortitude Valley
2010 -FreshOut Festival- Street Culture/ Style Festival – Art Coordinator