The Judges

April 15, 2016

As part of the event, we’ve got some incredibly inspiring humans to look over all of the entries and decide the stand-out images that deserve extra recognition. Not only is your work going to be exhibited at a CBD gallery (the wonder that is MAGNET), these fantastic creatives will be looking over them too.

Darren Tilnak (M. Photog) P.I.P.P. is a master photographer who shuns the formulaic and mundane practices of conventional portrait photography. His abiding belief that “motion causes emotion” is at the heart of his unique and groundbreaking portraiture style. His rigorous study of the role of movement in the arts has given him the ability to direct his clients with a discerning artistic vision.

Based in Melbourne, award winning photographer Tilnak is one of Australia’s leading fine art portrait photographers.  A qualified master in his field of black & white photography, he has been creating original photographic works for over 30 years.




With dedicated interest in contemporary localised and community based art practices, Miriam Arbus works as the Director and Curator of Fitzroy’s Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne. She is originally from Canada where she focused academic studies in Art History, Contemporary Theory and Curatorship at Concordia University and the University of Toronto. After completing her Masters degree she relocated to Melbourne. Her areas of focus are pertinent to new media and post-digital practices as well as participatory art.




Dean Golja’s photography spans over 30 years in the areas of commercial, art and video.

His work has been shown at major international art festivals and galleries including the Zagreb Biennale and the George Pompidou Centre, Paris. He hasbeen selected as a finalist for numerous art awards including the National Portrait Prize and the Bowness Prize. He was on the founding committee of the Arts Party (the world’s first political party for the arts) advocating for arts and education.

Image United, his current practice, is positioned between portrait and art photography and most often with a social awareness element that has been recognised for bringing an “iconic realism” to the image “combining the vision of art and tradition of documentary photography to define a distinct style”.



We’re incredibly humbled to have had this wonderful trio judge the Melbourne PhotoMarathon #2.