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Graduation Event for SQIT Photoimaging Students

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Lindsay Collier, Alison Ahlhaus, Shanea Rossiter and Doug Spowart PHOTO: Hardy Ahlhaus

Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE’s  Photoimaging students attended a graduation event at the Hume Ridge Centre in Toowoomba on Saturday 25 of February. Prize winners at the event are pictured with teachers Alison Ahlhaus and Doug Spowart. Lindsey Collier (left) was awarded the SQIT Diploma Photoimaging Student of the Year. Shanea Rossiter was awarded the Bob Walker ‘Focus’ Memorial Trophy for recognition of excellence in study and the community. Jess Martin (not pictured) was the recipient of the Syd Owen Certificate IV Photoimaging Student of the Year Award.

Eight students graduated from the Diploma of Photoimaging and a further fourteen graduated from the Certificate IV in Photoimaging. Congratulations to all graduating students and their families and friends…

SEE: Toowoomba Chronicle Newspaper story “Students hard work pays off”    27/2/2012

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February 26, 2012 at 9:55 am

30 November – Year 1 Photo Assessment @ SQIT

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 Fourteen Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE (SQIT) PhotoImaging students had their skills assessed this week by a panel of industry professionals as part of their Certificate IV assessment.  SQIT PhotoImaging lecturer Doug Spowart, was thrilled about having such a high calibre of industry professionals directly involved with students.  “The industry professionals review and assess the students photographic folio, and give them guidance and direction for their future in professional photography” Mr Spowart said.

Some of the team with student Leicolhn McKellar - PHOTO: John Elliott

The seven industry professionals are significant players in professional PhotoImaging statewide, and include the State president of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography and long-standing supporter of SQIT students, Jan Ramsay from Eyeon Photography in Brisbane. Other Brisbane-based photographers included Mark Shoeman, Robert Cob-croft and Andy Cross. Local photographers participating in assessment included  Beverley Lacey from The Chronicle, John Elliott, and Syd Owen of Owen’s Camera House.

Robert Cobcroft, student Tracey St Johnwood, Doug Spowart and Andy Cross - PHOTO: John Elliott

The SQIT PhotoImaging team established an award 16 years ago to commemorate the Owen family’s impressive contribution to professional photography in Australia.  The Syd H. Owen trophy is awarded each year to the Certificate IV in PhotoImaging student with the highest score, and also incorporates an internship with Owen’s Camera House for a period of 12 months. This year the award went to Jess Martin. The Diploma Graduating Student of the Year was awarded to Lindsey Collier with Shanea Rossiter as the Runner up. The Photobook of the Year went to Leicolhn McKellar.

“The feedback provided by industry representatives is highly regarded by students as it reflects the industry standards required for practitioners within the PhotoImaging industry.” Mr Spowart said. “Assessment is based around specific criteria including the ability of the student to create images to industry standard, as well as their readiness to enter the industry either as employees or a freelance photographer.”

The Graduation event - PHOTO Doug Spowart

The PhotoImaging student graduation took place on 30 November, with prize-winning graduates receiving membership to the Australian Institute of Professional Photography. Brisbane AIPP member Robert Cobcroft was guest speaker at the graduation event.

Robert Cobcroft presenting - PHOTO: Doug Spowart

WORDS: TAFE Press Release

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