19-year-old wins Australia’s best emerging photographer in 2022

Jodi Weisz, 19, has been named the overall winner of Australasia’s Top Emerging Photographer 2022 for his documentary portfolio of contemporary youth culture.

Australia’s Outstanding Photo Contest

Presented by Fujifilm and hosted by To establish — Australia’s leading magazine and website for professional photographers — the competition was open to Australians and New Zealanders with less than four years of professional photography experience. Amateurs and enthusiasts alike were invited to participate, all competing for a prize pool of over $30,000, including $9,000 in cash prizes.

The competition has completed its 14th year and is the largest in the region targeting new and emerging talent. The jury consisted of 47 leading professional photographers and industry experts from Australia and around the world, who judged entries in nine categories: Animal, Architecture, Art, Black and White, Documentary, Landscape, Open, Portrait and Single Shot.

“In the 14 years I’ve been involved with Australasia’s top emerging photographers, it never ceases to amaze me how talented and driven early career and avid photographers are in our region,” said Marc Gafen, editor of To establish

“The quality and breadth of the work were indeed inspiring. For me, one of the most satisfying aspects of the competition is seeing and following the progress of photographers as they improve year after year, moving from Top 20 to Top 10 and finally finishing second and even winning the category.”

Overall winner

19-year-old wins Australia's best emerging photographer in 2022
Jodi Weisz (Stress). Australasia’s Best Emerging Photographers 2022 Overall Winner
19-year-old wins Australia's best emerging photographer in 2022
Jodi Weisz (Stress). Australasia’s Best Emerging Photographers 2022 Overall Winner
19-year-old wins Australia's best emerging photographer in 2022
Jodi Weisz (Stress). Australasia’s Best Emerging Photographers 2022 Overall Winner

As overall winner, Weisz took home the coveted title of Australasia’s Top Emerging Photographer 2022 and a Fujifilm XT4 and XF18-135mm lens. He also won in the Documentary category, taking home a $549 2TB SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD with a $1,000 cash prize.

His winning portfolio shows young people enjoying a festive evening and reveals a brief snapshot of Australian youth today. The jury praised Weisz’s entry, describing it as “candid, yet intimate… fleeting, yet calming.”

19-year-old wins Australia's best emerging photographer in 2022
Jodi Weisz (Stress). Australasia’s Best Emerging Photographers 2022 Overall Winner
19-year-old wins Australia's best emerging photographer in 2022
Jodi Weisz (Stress). Australasia’s Best Emerging Photographers 2022 Overall Winner

“I didn’t know exactly what I was capturing at the time, because I was also experiencing what I was documenting,” Weisz says of his work. “I ended up with a collection of images that help me understand the culture of teenage party scenes and how they create space to explore oneself and learn to live with others in this tension.”

The other winning entries in the remaining categories are as follows:

Animal

19-year-old wins Australia's best emerging photographer in 2022
Phil de Glanville (Sea the light). Australasia’s Top Emerging Photographers 2022 Animal Winner
19-year-old wins Australia's best emerging photographer in 2022
Phil de Glanville (Sea the light). Australasia’s Top Emerging Photographers 2022 Animal Winner
19-year-old wins Australia's best emerging photographer in 2022
Phil de Glanville (Sea the light). Australasia’s Top Emerging Photographers 2022 Animal Winner

architecture

19-year-old wins Australia's best emerging photographer in 2022
Stephane Thomas (Lines and angles). Australasia’s Best Emerging Photographers 2022 Architecture Winner
19-year-old wins Australia's best emerging photographer in 2022
Stephane Thomas (Lines and angles). Australasia’s Best Emerging Photographers 2022 Architecture Winner
19-year-old wins Australia's best emerging photographer in 2022
Stephane Thomas (Lines and angles). Australasia’s Best Emerging Photographers 2022 Architecture Winner

art

19-year-old wins Australia's best emerging photographer in 2022
Allen Koppe (Surface Fiction). Australasia’s Top Emerging Photographers 2022 Art Winner
19-year-old wins Australia's best emerging photographer in 2022
Allen Koppe (Surface Fiction). Australasia’s Top Emerging Photographers 2022 Art Winner
19-year-old wins Australia's best emerging photographer in 2022
Allen Koppe (Surface Fiction). Australasia’s Top Emerging Photographers 2022 Art Winner

Black and white

19-year-old wins Australia's best emerging photographer in 2022
Mark Davidson (Australians). Australasia’s Best Emerging Photographers 2022 Black & White Winner
19-year-old wins Australia's best emerging photographer in 2022
Mark Davidson (Australians). Australasia’s Best Emerging Photographers 2022 Black & White Winner
19-year-old wins Australia's best emerging photographer in 2022
Mark Davidson (Australians). Australasia’s Best Emerging Photographers 2022 Black & White Winner

Landscape

19-year-old wins Australia's best emerging photographer in 2022
William Murray (East Peak). Australasia’s Best Emerging Photographers 2022 Landscape Winner

19-year-old wins Australia's best emerging photographer in 2022

19-year-old wins Australia's best emerging photographer in 2022
William Murray (East Peak). Australasia’s Best Emerging Photographers 2022 Landscape Winner

Open

19-year-old wins Australia's best emerging photographer in 2022
Adrian Donoghue (The Adventures of Young Matilda). Australasia’s Top Emerging Photographers 2022 Open Winner
19-year-old wins Australia's best emerging photographer in 2022
Adrian Donoghue (The Adventures of Young Matilda). Australasia’s Best Emerging Photographers 2022 Open Winner
19-year-old wins Australia's best emerging photographer in 2022
Adrian Donoghue (The Adventures of Young Matilda). Australasia’s Top Emerging Photographers 2022 Open Winner

Portrait

19-year-old wins Australia's best emerging photographer in 2022
Andrew Rovenko (The Rocket Girl Chronicles). Australasia’s Best Emerging Photographers 2022 Portrait Winner & Overall Runner-up
19-year-old wins Australia's best emerging photographer in 2022
Andrew Rovenko (The Rocket Girl Chronicles). Australasia’s Best Emerging Photographers 2022 Portrait Winner & Overall Runner-up
19-year-old wins Australia's best emerging photographer in 2022
Andrew Rovenko (The Rocket Girl Chronicles). Australasia’s Best Emerging Photographers 2022 Portrait Winner & Overall Runner-up

single shot

19-year-old wins Australia's best emerging photographer in 2022
Theresa Lee (Calvin’s World). Australasia’s Best Emerging Photographers 2022 Single Shot Winner

More information about the competition, the judges and sponsors can be found on the To establish website.


Image Credits: All photos individually credited and provided courtesy of Capture.

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