In 2017, I moved to Cambodia to work as Communications Officer for the Cambodian Children’s Trust, a community development non-profit that works to strengthen families and keep kids out of institutions. My role is a mixture of creating communications strategies and content, developing and driving appeals, maintaining the website, managing social media profiles and other digital marketing efforts and responding to media inquiries.
Before moving into communications, I was working as an international freelance journalist and photographer focusing on forced migration, human rights, social justice issues and the environment. I have reported from Australia, Cambodia, Laos, Morocco, Germany and Greece. See an archive of my work under the ‘published articles’ tab.
My portfolio ranges from in-depth features to travel stories, photo essays, scholarly articles and commentary pieces. Publications that have featured my work include: Deutsche Welle, The Huffington Post, Fairfax newspapers, The Diplomat, APN News & Media, Arena Magazine, Morocco World News, The Phnom Penh Post, Asylum Insight and the Griffith Journal of Law and Human Dignity. These articles have been republished on various online platforms and have been translated into languages such as German, Spanish and French.
Next year (2018) I will complete a Master of Refugee Protection and Forced Migration through the University of London.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Journalism from Griffith University (2010) and working for one year at a newspaper, I became active in the Australian campaign to ban landmines and cluster bombs. This work took me to Laos as a photojournalist, to the United Nations in Switzerland as an advocate, and to Cambodia as a youth leader. I lived in Cambodia for one year and in 2012, after undertaking field research with a colleague, I wrote a book about the impacts of explosive remnants of war on communities in the country’s east. In Search of Safe Ground was first launched in Norway at a meeting of states parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions. At this conference I was part of a panel discussion and was involved in distributing books to diplomats, donors and demining actors to raise awareness and attract funding for services. The book is dual language, in both Khmer and English, making it a valuable advocacy tool for Cambodian mine action authorities. I organised a second launch in Cambodia and copies were distributed to schools and police networks in the affected areas to assist with mine risk education. More about In Search of Safe Ground here.
For this work, I was named as the 2014 School of Humanities, Young Outstanding Alumnus of the Year.
I am passionate about photography and have completed documentary as well as commercial projects.
Working as a photographer for Norwegian People’s Aid involved documenting the dangerous and heroic efforts of demining actors and their sniffer dogs, clearing the earth of explosive remnants, in Cambodia. I have also produced photo essays and articles for Morocco World News looking at women’s rights issues and exploring the production of argan oil. More recently, I spent time volunteering with humanitarian groups on Lesbos island, Greece, responding to the arrival of asylum seekers and refugees from countries such as Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. During this time I created a series of articles and photo essays for Deutsche Welle.
For Acht, a post-production company in Germany that does special effects and editing on commercials, I covered events and made portraits of team members. I have also completed a long-term project with Momondo, a travel-inspired brand, collaborating on their city guide app of great places to experience and explore in Hamburg. This role involved liaising with owners of cafes, clubs, restaurants, hotels, shops and artistic spaces and photographing these (more than 200) attractions. Through my commercial photography business, Orca Media, I have provided services to clients in Australia, with content spanning people, products, services and events.
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