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PhotoWest 2023 will be held in the South Perth Community Hall, located at the corner of Sandgate Street and South Terrace from 18 – 20 August 2023.

Immerse yourself in a weekend filled with inspiration, education, and creativity. Explore various aspects of photography - Whether you're passionate about portraiture, animals, urban landscapes, or cityscapes, PhotoWest promises something for everyone.

Prepare to be inspired by a lineup of esteemed guest speakers, including the renowned photographers Tony Hewitt, Alex Cearns OAM, Steve Wise, and Mark Brierley. These accomplished individuals will share their expertise, insights, and stories, providing valuable perspectives to attendees. Additionally, an eagerly anticipated keynote speaker, Forough Yavari, will take the stage and offer unique insights into the world of fine-art portrait photography.

At PhotoWest, learning is hands-on and interactive. Engage in a variety of workshops and activities designed to enhance your skills and expand your creative horizons. Experience the magic of golden hour and dawn during captivating photoshoots, challenge your artistic boundaries with a night shoot, embark on a captivating photo walk through Perth Zoo or the urban landscape, and refine your portrait photography techniques during dedicated workshops. Plus, gain valuable post-production skills in specialised demonstrations, perfect for taking your images to the next level.

This convention serves as a hub for the diverse photography community, fostering connections, sharing knowledge, and celebrating the artistry behind the lens.

Mark your calendars and be sure to secure your spot. Registrations for PhotoWest will go on sale 21 June 2023, offering you the opportunity to join this exceptional event. Don't miss the chance to be a part of an unforgettable weekend filled with creativity, inspiration, and the joy of photography.


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forough yavari name

forough yavari profile  

Forough Yavari is an award-winning fine art portrait and fashion photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. Inspired by her life experiences as a woman, Forough’s work focuses on portraying the narrative behind the lives of women from around the world.

Born in Iran during the Iranian Revolution, Forough was passionate about art from a young age, drawing and painting imaginary subjects as a child. She went on to formally pursue painting in university, where she discovered her passion for photography while modelling for a photography student.

Forough began creating digital art, combining her knowledge and technical expertise in painting and photography. In 2011, she moved to Australia, where she built her photography business and became established as an international photographer. Increasingly, she found her work to be influenced by her personal experience as a woman from a middle eastern country. Her works have been exhibited internationally in several exhibitions and art fairs including but not limited to the “LA Art Show”in LA, US, the “Context Art Fair” in Miami, US, and “Milan Image Art Fair” in Milan, Italy.

In 2018, Forough was awarded the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) Master of Photography. She was awarded the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) Master of Photography in 2019, and the Double Master of Photography from WPPI in 2020. She received her Master of Photography with Distinction from the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP) in 2021.

For more information please visit www.foroughyavari.com


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Click here to download the 2023 Program


workshop choices

Various activities will be held throughout the weekend. Group numbers at Sunday workshops may be limited. We will endeavour to give attendees their first choice but this cannot be guaranteed and priority of application will count.


Saturday afternoon choices (3:30-4:30)

Option 1 Mark Brierley:

Presentation on Post-Production techniques for Architectural photography (McGrath lecture theatre 1)

Option 2 Steve Wise:

Hands-on studio portrait lighting - a chance to take your own shots (main hall and surrounds - models provided).  

Option 3 Alex Cearns:

“Wildlife Travel Photography – Expectations vs Reality" (McGrath lecture theatre 2)


Sunday morning workshops (8:30/9 - 10:30)

Option 1 Alex Cearns at the Zoo:

The Zoo workshop consists of a bus to and from the zoo, an entry ticket and a practical guided workshop on animal portraits led by Alex Cearns.  Bring your cameras.


Option 2 Mark Brierley at Curtin Uni:

The Curtin University workshop consists of a bus to and from Curtin, with a practical guided workshop on architectural photography led by Mark Brierley.  Bring your cameras.


Option 3 Steve Wise at Community Hall:

The Steve Wise portrait lighting workshop in the main hall will consist of a presentation of Steve's portrait workflow from shooting through to print.





The conference fee is $240 pp with an earlybird rate of $220 if paid before 2 July.

This fee includes:

  • Friday evening function, supper and optional shoot;
  • Saturday morning tea, lunch and evening sit-down dinner, optional shoot,speakers and workshops;
  • Sunday morning tea, speakers and workshops.



Only one attendee can be registered per submission. However, an attendee may bring a non-attending partner, relative or friend to the Saturday night dinner at a cost of $60. If you wish to do this then please tick the appropriate box at the end of the form.



Payment for this event can be made by PayPal or Credit Card. If you are paying by credit card please have your card ready to enter details BEFORE proceeding further or the booking form may time out and you will have to resubmit which may create a duplicate booking.

A 95% refund is applicable for any cancellations advised to the WAPF Treasurer before 28 July 2023. From 28 July to 11 August inclusive a 50% refund is applicable. There is no refund after 11 August although a swap to another person may be possible AFTER consultation with the organisers.

In the event that the conference has to be cancelled due to Covid-19 regulations or other circumstances beyond the control of organisers, the WAPF will absorb unavoidable costs up to the amount of its sponsorship.

Attendance fees will then be refunded prorate after deducting any remaining unavoidable costs from the collected fee pool.


contact us

For enquiries please contact nepg@nepg.com.au



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