About the Photographer
DARREN J BENNETT M.PHOTOG.
Darren and his images are unique; he is a highly motivated individual driven by his instincts and enthusiasm, a desire to capture and produce images that evoke the spirit of place and land.
Darren was born in Lorne, along the Great Ocean Rd, which is why the coastline is in his blood and that’s why he has such a strong connection to this famous stretch of the Victorian coastline – the crashing waves and the pounding of the ocean were there to greet him on his arrival into this world. And over time, Darren has come to realize the great potential and endless photographic opportunities that the coastal areas have to offer, away from the main tourist locations that draw people to these amazing coastal routes year after year.
The land and sea provide Darren with elements of light, colour, form and subject matter which really reflect the kind of images he loves. In his own words Darren quotes: ‘I try to view the ordinary in an extra-ordinary way, using different angles and available light at the right time of day to highlight the essence of a particular view; a perspective that might be easily missed by the casual observer’.
One of the immediate attributes noticed in Darren’s work is colour – rich, deep, vibrant colour. Other images are evocative (particularly his Black and White images), engaging symbols of age and decay, invoking thoughts of isolation and lonesomeness which somewhat represent the life of a landscape photographer, alone with the land.
Photography is a real test of patience and persistence, a never-ending battle against the natural elements and mother nature, a battle that is all too often lost. With persistence, you can walk away with the trophy, ‘the magical image’. In seeking to create images presenting a different point of view – using photography to establish a mood through subject matter which seems out of the ordinary, but is, in reality, of the ordinary. Darren approaches his work with a sense of artistry, demonstrating his skills and craftsmanship from camera to print.
Darren has forged a reputation as one of Australia’s premier Land- and Seascape Photographers with many awards and exhibitions to his name. He has a Diploma in Illustrative Photography from Photography Studies College and a Diploma in Photojournalism from the Australian College of Journalism. He has worked as a photographer for Fairfax News, Western Water, Brimbank and Melton Shire Councils and others, Darren was Vice President and Digital Group Coordinator of the Melbourne Camera Club, and in 2010 was awarded ‘Photographer Of The Year’. In 2010, Darren became a member of the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography) and in 2013 received his Associate Status. Darren will be conducting workshops in Seascape and Landscape Photography throughout the year, so if you are interested in learning or improving your Photographic skills in these areas, you can email or call him to reserve your place in the groups.
His work has also appeared in Photographic magazines and calendars around the world. Darren is a Master Photographer with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography.
Contact : +61 401 498 068
All images are for sale, please enquire with the artist for prices.
Awards and achievements:
Diploma in Illustrative Photography – Photography Studies College
Diploma in photojournalism – Australian College of Journalism
Agfa Award for outstanding folio in Photojournalism
2008 Best Portrait EDI MCC
2008 Best Landscape edi MCC
2008 Best EDI MCC
2010 Best Land/seascape Warrigal Nationals
2010 Photographer of The Year MCC
2010 Best Photojournalism Print MCC
2010 Best Open print MCC
2010 International Aperture Awards, 12th best landscape
2010 International Aperture Awards, 19th best landscape
2011 AIPP Victorian Photographer of the Year Awards, 3 Silver Distinction Awards
2011 AIPP Victorian Photographer of the Year Awards, 3 Silver Awards
2011 AIPP Australian Photographer of the Year Awards, 1 Silver Distinction Award
2011 AIPP Australian Photographer of the Year Awards, 2 Silver Awards
2011 7th Pakenham Nationals.... Most Successful Exhibitor
2011 7th Pakenham Nationals.... Gold Medal Award For Most Successful Print Exhibitor
2011 7th Pakenham Nationals.... Best Colour Print.... 2nd Best Landscape.... 2nd Best Portrait
2011 43rd Ballarat Nationals.... Most Successful Exhibitor
2011 43rd Ballarat Nationals.... Best Portrait, Reserve Champion Print, 2nd Best Landscape
2011 'Photographer of the Year' Melbourne Camera Club
2011 Best Landscape Print, Best Colour print, Best Nature Print, Melbourne Camera Club
2011 International Loupe Awards, 10th Best Portrait
2012 AIPP Victorian Photographer of the Year Awards, Runner-up 'LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR'
2012 AIPP Victorian Photographer of the Year Awards, 2 Silver Distinction Awards
2012 AIPP Australian Photographer of the Year Awards, 1 Silver Distinction
2012 AIPP Australian Photographer of the Year Awards, 3 Silver Awards
2012 AIPP Victorian Photographer of the Year Awards, 8 Silver Awards
2012 International Loupe Awards -Finalist 'Landscape Category'
2012 International Loupe Awards-Overall 48th place Science/Nature
2012 Front cover 'Australian Photography and Digital Magazine' September issue
2012 Front cover 'Australian Photography and Digital Magazine' November issue
2013 AIPP Victorian Professional 'TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR'
2013 AIPP Runner up Victorian Professional 'Landscape Photographer of the Year'
2013 AIPP Victorian Photographer of the Year Awards, 1 'Gold' Award, Landscape
2013 AIPP Victorian Photographer of the Year Awards, 2 Silver Distinction Awards
2013 AIPP Victorian Photographer of the Year Awards, 9 Silver Awards
2013 AIPP Associate Honours
2013 AIPP Australian Photographer of the Year Awards, 4 silver Awards
2014 AIPP Victorian Professional 'LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR'.
2014 AIPP Victorian Professional Photography Awards, 1 Gold award
2014 AIPP Victorian Professional Photography Awards, 2 Silver Distinction awards
2014 AIPP Victorian Professional Photography Awards 8 silver awards
2014 AIPP "MASTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY" Honours
2014 AIPP Australian Photographer of the Year Awards, 4 Silver Awards
2016 AIPP Victorian Professional Photography Awards, 1 Silver Distinction
2016 AIPP Victorian Professional Photography Awards, 5 Silver Awards
2016 AIPP Australian Professional photography Awards, 1 Silver Distinction, 1 Silver Award
2016 Travel Photographer Asia 'Finalist' Top 50
2017 AIPP Victorian Professional Photography Awards, 3 Silver and 1 Silver Distinction
2018 AIPP Victorian Professional Photography Awards, 2 Silver Distinctions and 2 Silver Awards
2018 AIPP Victorian Professional Photographer Awards, Runner-up 'Landscape Photographer of the Year'
2020 Ranked "Australia’s #1 Landscape Photographer of the Year" at the 2020 One eyeland International Photography Awards.