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Presenters Bios

Brian Russell

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Brian Russell EFIAP FAPS

Sunday:  10.30am - 11:30am

Guest Speaker:   "Macro Photography with Advancing Technology"


Brian joined APS around 1982, not long after joining the Bundaberg Photographic Group. It wasn’t long before he found himself in two APS Nature folios where he believes he had hit the jackpot in terms of mentors with experience and an unending willingness to share their knowledge. Birds and macro photography (particularly fungi) were his main natural history interests at the time and continue to be so. He seems to have gone full circle as he has re-engaged in the APS digital folio system which he enjoys immensely, but this time he believes he has more to offer rather than taking out as he was in the eighties.

Living relatively close to the Lamington National Park in south east Queensland, this wilderness area provides a great source of subject matter, particularly fungi. He continues to visit western Qld most years and never tires of the birds that he manages to see and sometimes photograph. From one year to the next – the seasons and conditions always provide new experiences.

He has had the privilege of judging APS Nationals and Internationals since the 1990’s. The most recent internationals have been the QIDC and the Redland International Exhibition of Photography.

At the beginning of 2019 he took on the role of chair of the APS Nature Group where he continues to promote the value of the APS folio system and with a committed group of council members, they continue to work at promoting the ethical photography of natural history and provide natural history workshops where they can.



Dean Holland

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Dr Dean Holland 

Saturday:  9.15am - 10:15am

Keynote Speaker:   "Dont Buy that Camera..... Yet !"


Dean Holland taught his first photography course back in 1995. He has lived and worked in Australia, Canada, England, Indonesia, the Philippines, Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia in a range of occupations: from a social scientist and insect scientist to a development worker and expedition photographer.


Using his PhD in adult learning, he specialises in helping people use their everyday knowledge to learn technical subjects. With groups as diverse as Amazonian farmers, research scientists and company executives, Dean has run hundreds of workshops in both English and Spanish, and created Australia’s largest environmental Registered Training Organisation.


Dean’s love of photography started in his teens, when he built his first darkroom in his attic at home. His perspective on photography changed when his two children came along. Photography became play again, and a thing for his family to share.


Dean started Take Better Photos in 2007 to share photography as a fun part of life, rather than a maths test. Realising that most people are intimidated by the settings on their camera, Take Better Photos’ photography courses include “cheat cards” for every participant’s camera model, so everyone can confidently use the key features of their camera. And the courses are 1-year passes so participants can come back as often as they want. Over 9,000 Brisbanites have enjoyed Take Better Photos’ range of courses from beginner to advanced, including photo editing, shooting with iPhones, personal tuition, corporate team building, and now courses and shows with Australia’s most famous photographer, Steve Parish.


Career highlights

    • PhD in Adult Learning, Reading University UK
    • Masters degree, Imperial College, London
    • Zoology degree, Cambridge University
    • Twenty-five years’ experience in photography
    • Author in three books on adult learning
    • Created Take Better Photos, Brisbane’s most popular place to learn photography – nearly 1% of Brisbane has
    • been on a Take Better Photos course.


Dylan Toh

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Dr Dylan Toh

Saturday:  1.30pm - 2:30pm

Keynote Speaker:   "Night Sky & Landscape Photography"


Dylan is a general physician based in the Royal Adelaide Hospital and his spare time, he captures nature at its finest moments. He finds great enjoyment in experiencing the natural world from as close as the roadside, to going out on multi-day backpacking trips deep into the wilderness.


He frequently visits the wilderness and other amazing regions around the world. He shoots images that represent not only what he sees, but also to impart his entire experience of being in that location and have that reflected in his photography.