What makes my heart sing…

What an amazing way to start my weekend.  I had the privledge of capturing “The Disable Surfers Association of Australia’s” event today. Talk about making ones heart sing…not sure if it was watching the disabled participants surfing or the volunteers getting a buzz from helping, the team leaders or the marshals…there were smiles from ear to ear everywhere I looked all morning. One lady actually approached me, a mum of one of the participants. She said, “this is your first time isn’t it?”. Gosh was it that obvious, beautiful to watch. About:  The Disabled Surfers Association of Australia was established in 1986 by Gary Blaschke after a motorcycle accident which he lost his knee cap and under went extensive rehabilitation.  Gary saw a void that needed to be filled as over the years, many surfers with disabilities have unfortunately, been loners with no one to help them get back into the water. Many suffer from disabilities that the general public would not consider a disability.  From asthmatics to joint injuries to paraplegic, many members have found friendship, support and have renewed their interest in surfing. Gary’s vision quickly extended to all classes of disabilities, as it is today. A total voluntary organisation, which sets world’s best practice for Disabled Surfers.   Find out more here: Sunshine Coast Daily, Sunday, November 29, 2015, story by Erica Henderson Nothing stops nine-year-old Sophie Hopson and with an organisation such as the Sunshine Coast branch of the Disabled Surfers Association of Australia there to support her, she can ride the waves at Maroochydore and experience the feeling only a surfer knows. Sophie has...
2015 FIPP

2015 FIPP

Woo Hoo made it into the short list of finals at the 2015 Fremantle Portrait Prize The official Short List (comprising 109 images) for the 2015 Fremantle International Portrait Prize (FiPP). Finalists images were professionally printed, mounted and hung in the 2015 FiPP Showcase public exhibition which commenced for public viewing on 25 October.   My Finalist Image: portrait of my dear friend Alison & her faithful bestie fur friend Gypsy. The Winner(s) of the 2015 FiPP were announced on the evening of 24 October 2015 in Fremantle.  Although I didn’t win, and it’s not all about winning, it’s about having your work seen by the best of the best in the photography industry and seeing where your works sits.  So I’m simply chuffed to be exhibiting my work among such inspirational world wide photographers.  Special thank you to my niece Sarah & partner Kane for checking in on my behalf at the opening ceremony in Fremantle, WA. Below:  Sarah Dalla at the FiPP Opening Ceremony    WINNER IS:  Steve Wise’s confronting study of childhood burns victim ‘Robbie’ (shown below) was chosen over 1,864 other entries  “Robbie was playing with matches in his bedroom when he was four years old,” Mr Wise explained about his winning image. “Things went wrong and he received burns to 95 per cent of his body. He was in a coma for nine weeks and in hospital for two and a half years. He’s just turned 28. His story is one of pain, struggle, continuing rehabilitation, courage and strength. He’s just like you and me; he enjoys a beer and a cigarette; a chat and a laugh. He has dark times and good times. He has...

Women of Influence

Wow…to say I am chuffed would be an understatement! Last night Greg and I attended the Launch of the July edition of the ‘Profile Magazine‘, Sunshine Coasts largest monthly lifestyle publication.   What a bumper issue ‘Women of Influence‘ focussing on successful women.  AND what an honour to be featured alongside Lisa and other amazing women sharing their inspiring stories.  Who better to grace the cover of this issue than Lisa Wilkinson, journalist, presenter and co-host of the Today Show. Special word of thanks and immense gratitude to my dear friend Karen Podsiadly from What the Fox Creative, the catalyst for getting my story out there and featured in the Profile.  I had the pleasure of working with Karen on the design of my twins stories book. She also designed a stunning 12 page brochure and promotional material for the launch of my book and website aworldoftwins.com. AND SO IT BEGAN…I met journalist, Kate Davies for coffee and a chat at our local cafe Little Miss Saine.  Just happens that Kate is a twin herself, hence her interest to interview me and find out why I do what I do and what it is that draws me into photographing twins and triplets.  Kate’s article ‘THE POWER OF TWO’ begins… One plus one equals two, and two is not one without the other one – that’s the life of a twin.  International award-winning photojournalist, Helga Dalla is capturing this incredible bond in a fascinating series of photographs, and using them to change the lives of twins around the world. I am two centimetres shorter than my sister, my face is slightly rounder and my feet are half a size smaller. These are the only distinct differences between us, we share everything else,...

Worldwide Gala Awards

Yippee…happy dancing…today I received an email from the organisers of the Gala Award (formerly the Worldwide Photography Gala Awards –  York, UK) letting me know that I have been selected as a finalist for two of my twins images and have been invited to exhibit these images in the 4th Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography, which will be held in Spring 2016 in Berlin, Germany. The Charles Dodgson Black & White Award Details: 419 photographers entries, 1,804 submitted images and 29 participating countries 47 Finalists Title:  Twin Attitude Twins Joseph & Lillian, 4 years, Holland Park, QLD Australia Click here to view all finalists for The Charles Dodgson Black & White Award The Primary Colors Photography Competition Details: 512 photographers entries, 1,968 submitted images and 34 participating countries 37 Finalists  Title:  Autumn Leaves Identical twins Jenna & Stephanie, Canberra, Australia Click here to view all finalists for The Primary Color...

Bringing Twins Together

Kawana Weekly, Page 3 – APN Australian Regional Media’s newest community newspaper on the Sunshine Coast New initiative fosters connection with underprivileged twins in Africa – by Emily Ditchburn Twice the nappies, twice the bottles and double the trouble. Having twins can put a strain on any new parents, both emotionally and financially. For a family living in poverty, imagining a bright future for their twins can seem impossible.  That’s where Helga Dalla hopes to step in. The award-winning Buddina photojournalist has dedicated the past five years to capturing the unique relationship between twins, resulting in the three volumes of her series ‘A World of Twins’. She has travelled around Australia to hear their stories, learning about what makes twins and their families tick. “I see every day the unique relationship these families have,” Ms Dalla said.  “They want to be part of a community that understands and supports each other.  Raising children in itself can be challenging, but if you double or triple that, it can be very daunting.” It was this knowledge that led to Ms Dalla developing a website dedicated to twins.  Aworldoftwins.com will be an online community for twins and families with twins to connect through forums, for sale pages and podcasts.  But more than just connecting families, the website aims to change the lives of impoverished twins living in African countries, through a business partnership with Compassion Australia. Ms Dalla said she was already sponsoring four sets of twins, and had set a goal to sponsor 100 sets of twins through the website by 2016.  Participants can sign up to the website for a monthly...