About Melanie Sinclair BVis Dip.FineArt


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 scene in front of me to capture and turn into art, the perfect copy of what I saw in my minds' eye.

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. 
Mel

 

Judging:

2021- Gold Coast Photographic Society - Scapes + Open

2021 - Queensland Camera Group - Scapes

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


Membership:

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

Partnerships:
2014-2017 - One Of a Kind Photography Adventures

2015-2018 NiSi Filters Brands Ambassador

 

Awards:

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

Publications:

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


Exhibitions:
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

Curated:
2010 -Differing Visions Photography Exhibition– Kaliber, Fortitude Valley
2010 -FreshOut Festival- Street Culture/ Style Festival – Art Coordinator