I am a Documentary Photographer and a Civil Engineer in Water Management based in Sydney. While I grew up in Sri Lanka, I spent 9 years in California, a year teaching English in South Korea, a year backpacking across Europe and Asia, before migrating to Australia in 1998. I have always loved writing but discovered my passion for photography while volunteering as a Conservation Photographer in South Africa during a sabbatical in 2010. That 10-month journey culminated in a voyage to Antarctica.
I love discovering places that are off the beaten track. I draw my inspiration from the natural world and the sense of freedom and adventure I find in the people I meet while travelling. I have pursued my dreams with courage and love inspiring others to do likewise. I have now travelled through 60 countries on all 7 Continents. My travels and the people I have met along the way have helped shape the person I have become.
I returned home from my sabbatical in 2010, keen to pursue my newly discovered creativity. I launched my first photographic exhibition soon after, followed a few years later with the launch of my photo book—'Fate or Destiny, Living Life with Passion'. In 2013 my partner Steven Liaros and I set up a Town Planning and Engineering consultancy. Two years later we moved into our motorhome and traveled around Australia for 5-years. I have the ability to work remotely or base myself in your town if the work warrants it. In 2020 I completed an Artist Residency in Lake Tyers, Victoria, documenting the stories of people transitioning to a New Economy.
I am a member of the Australian Photographic Society (APS) and recently obtained my Grand Master (GMAPS). I am also a member of the Photographic Society of America (PSA). I have received numerous photographic awards at national and international photographic competitions and as well as international honours BPSA (Bronze), PPSA (Proficiency) and EFIAP (Excellence).
People have always lived by stories. These narratives have defined our morality, belief systems and behaviour. My goal at Narratives4Change is to document, photograph and craft stories of a more resilient and regenerative future. People are already living their vision of the future. I want to hear what your vision of the future is and tell your story. Our individual stories of struggle and change point to emerging social narratives of renewal, inclusivity and harmony with the natural world. By sharing these stories I hope to build momentum to enable a shift in how we collectively see the world.
You will find my writing in our publication Ecoliving Journeys on Medium. I can document your events, ideas and campaign as a blog post, a series of images or an impactful web page. My clients have ranged from local and state government to community groups and non-profit organisations.
Be in touch if this excites and resonates with you. A detailed resume is available on request.
Selection of Recent International and National Photographic Awards
Mosman Photo Awards - Shortlisted in Art, Landscape and Mono (2023)
Capture Magazine Mono Awards Animals Top 20 (14th Place) (2023)
Image chosen for Australian Interstate Photographic Competition AIPC (2023)
Photographic Society of America - Silver Portfolio SPSA (2023)
Image Represented Australian Photographic Society - 4 Nations (2023)
Top Shot NSW FCC 3rd Place, Aerial (2023)
Sienna Drone Awards Series Commended (2023)
Narmada Circuit - 1 Silver, 1 Bronze, 5 Certificates of Merit (2023)
Global Chinese Photo Association - 2 Honourable Mentions (2023)
Australian Photography - Top 20 Aerials - Australian Photog of the Yr (2022)
Elvis Festival Photo Competition Overall Champion (2023)
Capture - The Annual - Image selected for Aerial section (2022)
Autumn Circular Circuit - 1 Gold, 2 Honourable Mentions (2022)
Three Country Circuit - 2 Salon Honourable Mentions (2022)
Hornsby Heights Camera Club - Photographer of the Year, Digital and Colour Prints 1st Place (based on points during the year) (2022)
MP Circuit India 1 Bronze and 6 Merits (2022)
Australian Photography Prize 2 Semi Finalist 3 Commended images (2022)
Mosman Photo Awards - 2 Portfolios Shortlisted (2022)
Sienna Drone Awards Series Highly Commended (2022)
Mono Awards Top 10 Finish (7th Place) (2022)
Better Photography Magazine’s Photographer of the Year, Top 20 in Classic Landscape and Emotive Portraiture (2022)
Capture Magazine Mono Awards Top 10 (7th Place) (2022)
Represented Australian Photographic Society - 4 Nations (2022)
Top Shot NSW FCC 2nd Place, Digital Open (2022)
Tambapanni Photo Awards Sri Lanka 1 Gold, 3 other awards (2022)
Queensland International 1 Silver, 3 Bronze and 1 HM (2022)
Capture Magazine Top 20 in Art Portfolio and Top 30 Single Shot (2022)
Coachella Circuit 2 Gold Medals, 2 Bronze, 2 Judges Choice (2022
Australian Photography - Top 20 Aerials Australian Photog of the Year (2021)
Alone Together Hornsby Shire - Winner Adult Category (2021)
NZIPP Asia Pacific Photo Awards - 1 Silver 3 Highly Commended (2021)
Majestic Circuit, India - Bronze and Gold Medal (2021)
Syrmia Circuit, Montenegro - Salon HM, Salon Bronze (2021)
Lake Macquarie, Australia - PSA Bronze + 7 other awards (2021)
Better Photography Magazine Photo of the Year - 2 Silver Medals (2021)
Heritage Bank - Finalist in Illustrative Category (2021)
Exhibitions, Books & Artist in Residence
2020: Artist in Residence on FLOAT, Lake Tyers. Photo stories about floating a new economy in East Gippsland
2017: Documenta Art Festival in Athens. Guest lectures and discussions on new paradigms for human settlement
2016: Assembly for Alternative Futures, 20th Biennale of Sydney, exploring new futures with professionals from many disciplines
2015: Pink Sari Project, a collaborative exhibition with NSW Multicultural Health
2015: Faces, Places, Races: Migrant Stories from the Hornsby Shire. Associated solo exhibition for HeadOn with Hornsby Shire
2015: Face, Places, Races features at Festival of the Arts (FOTA) in Hornsby
2014: Fate or Destiny: Living Live with Passion. Solo exhibitions at numerous locations including pop ups in Sydney
2014: Fate or Destiny Book Published
2011: Connections: Stories from the road less travelled. First solo exhibition.
Photographic Honours & Professional Qualifications
2023: Grand Master Australian Photography Society (GMAPS)
2023: Proficiency Photographic Society America (PPSA)
2023: Excellence Fédération Internationale de l'Art Photographique (EFIAP)
2023: Portfolio Distinction: Silver Photographic Society America (SPSA)
2009: Adv. Diploma in Project Management, Project Management Partners
2008: Grad. Dip. in Local Govt. Management, UTS Sydney
1989: Master of Science in Civil Eng. (Water), UC Berkeley
1986: Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons), University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka
Better Photography Magazine, Photographer of the Year 2022, Top 20 in both Landscape and Emotive Portraiture