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Leanne Alessi, AFIAP, AAPS
Works at Eureka Photography
Attended Hannans Road Public School, Riverwood
Lived in Riverwood, Sydney Australia
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PPSA distinction granted !

More good news to share .. .. I now have been granted my PPSA distinction – Proficiency Photographic Society of America. The PSA is a worldwide organisation which promotes photography, including competitions, study groups, education and advanced knowledge and skills. 

In order to attain this distinction, you have to have earned a minimum of 288 acceptances in international photographic exhibitions with at least 96 different images. 

It is, indeed, another great honour !
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Well, I finally ventured to picturesque Turimetta Beach to do some photography.  It's been on my shoot list for years, having admired many photos of the location.  After having done my research, all conditions were perfect - the moss was still visible; the tide at dawn was mid-tide - perfect to expose the rockshelf and have waves and water ebb its way onto the beach; and minimal chance of rain! 

So, I arose at 3:00 am to travel to the other side of Sydney and dragged fellow photographer and mate David Miller willingly with me. We managed to secure our position amongst the growing number of photographers, which eventually totalled 14. It was worth the effort and I am delighted with the results.  I intend to re-visit this locality about the same time next year to do it all over again.

Turimetta Beach is in Sydney's Northern Beaches, approx 350 metres long and backed by steep bluffs.  It is an extremely popular photographers' haunt - particularly when the green moss covers the rock shelf for about 8 weeks during winter.
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Beautiful shot Leanne. It's worth getting up at 3am to get results like that.
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FAPS distinction granted !

I have just received notification that I have been granted the FAPS distinction - Fellow of the Australian Photographic Society - in recognition as being one of the top exhibition photographers in Australia. How proud that makes me feel. I have managed to attain the same status as most of my peers.

What does it all mean? Well, simply I have attained in excess of 400 acceptances and 10 awards in international exhibitions with at least 40 different images, which I attained in less than 12 months. Not a bad effort, even if I may say so myself !
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Thanks also to David, Simon and Lena : )
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I have some GREAT news to share.  I have just WON an international photographic competition - Photoclub Bor - "Man and Work 2012" !

Of almost 5,500 entries, my image entitled "Future Aspirations" won a FIAP Gold Medal in the "Free Colour" Section and was awarded "Best Image of the Salon"!

What an amazing feeling - I still can't believe it!

This photo has won a number of medals in photographic exhibitions all around the world and represented Australia in the 2012 Trans Tasman Competition between the Australian Photographic Society and the Photographic Society of New Zealand; AND represented Australia in the 2012 Four Nations Digital Competition between Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.

This is the image that has done me proud : )    .. .. ..
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That's a great image, well done! 
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Very nice photograph
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My husband and I are fortunate in being able to travel to Australia's remote outback.  This brings many joys and benefits, including the ability to take in and admire the millions of stars without any light pollution.  It is just absolutely brilliant and you can only imagine what it is like if you have not experienced it!

Having played with a few night sky images incorporating foreground interest, on a recent trip I decided to photograph just the night sky.  The results, for me, are spectacular and nothing short of extraordinary.  I tried shooting using a narrower field of view, however, found the best result was using the widest angle - it gave a far more grandios sense of space.    I hope you enjoy the result .. .. I have taken some "poetic" license and incorporated a starburst to add that little more pizzaz.
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EFIAP distinction granted !

Well, I've done it again. I have now received notification that I have been granted the EFIAP distinction – Excellence Fédération Internationale de l'Art Photographique – the French affiliate of more than 85 national associations in the five continents. It is granted to honour eminent photographers known for their artistic work. 

What does it all mean? Well, simply I have attained in excess of 150 acceptances in international exhibitions with at least 50 different images, 30 different salons in 15 different countries - again attained in less than 12 months. 

It is, indeed, another great honour .. .. and a higher honour, at that !
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 i like.......all of my friend............
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Mortley Family Celebrates 170 Years in Australia

My paternal great, great, great grandparents, Joseph and Sarah Mortley and their three young children, arrived in Sydney, Australia 170 years ago today!

Leaving the struggles of life in Kent England, they set sail as free immigrants to find a better life in the developing settlement of New Zealand (a newly created British colony).  Unfortunately native unrest saw them move to Australia a short time later, arriving in Port Jackson on 20 April 1843.

The family settled in Windsor, New South Wales with the enthusiasm to succeed and certainly made their mark.  

Neither space nor time permits me to adequately itemise all my ancestors’ outstanding achievements - from notable Mayors serving several terms, court magistrates, successful businessmen, to buildings and lighthouses which still stand and remain to their testament.  Needless to say, I am extremely proud of my heritage and the legacy my ancestors have left for all to admire and reminisce of times past.

Sometimes I reflect on what life must have been like in their time – such a contrast to ours - and how the colony must have appeared as they entered Port Jackson with expectations and dreams.

In fact, Max Dupain, the renowned modernist Australian photographer, also has Mortley ancestors .. .. making him my third cousin, once removed.

I think my ancestors would be proud of me:  my achievements, morals and principles, love of Australia and it’s history. 

Proud to be an Australian and proud of my ancestry. 

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Photo:  Frederick James Mortley’s boot emporium (c 1890), George Street, Windsor, NSW
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A compilation of three images; using different opacity levels on each layer to create this effect.
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Thanks David.  I had the idea for a while to create a compilation with this young lady's image .. .. it was just a matter of time and inspiration before it would occur !  Glad you like it : )
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: Personal Assistant for Managing Director of PRDnationwide Nucifora - March 1997 to present; : St George Leagues Club Photographic Society Honorary Secretary · October 2007 to March 2011; : MediaWorks Group - Photographer; : Accredited photographer for RSL of Australia, Bundanoon is Brigadoon, Ironfest, Windsor Business Group and various community groups.
  • Eureka Photography
    Photographer, 2012 - present
  • MediaWorks Group
    Personal Assistant/Secretary, 2006 - present
  • PRDnationwide Nucifora
    Personal Assistant/Secretary, 1997 - present
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Riverwood, Sydney Australia - Ingleburn, Sydney Australia
National and international award winning photographer, EFIAP, PPSA, FAPS and EMFCC photographic honours, Sydney Australia
: Passionate Photographer;
: Moderator for "Passion for Pixels" website;
: National and international photographic exhibitor; 
: Member Australian Photographic Society;
: Member Photographic Society America;
: Member Terra Australis Digital Image Group Inc;
: Member St George Leagues Club Photographic Society;
: Former Assistant Secretary - Camerally Incorporated;
: Member Toyota Land Cruiser Club of Australia; 
: Member Macarthur District 4WD Club; and
: Passionate about travelling Australia's outback.
I have been residing in the south western suburbs of Sydney since 1988, having left Riverwood in 1983. I work full time as a personal assistant in the real estate industry, my whole working career having been dedicated to this industry. Had a lay period of about three years to raise my son from my first marriage. My son is now aged 19 and finished Year 10 in 2009. I remarried in September 2008 to a wonderful man who shares in my passions of photography, Australian history and music.

Given my renowned success in competing in photographic exhibitions, my services have been sought to judge local, national and international photographic competitions/salons.  I accept the challenge so that I may "give back" to a passion which has rewarded me handsomely.
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Award winning photographer, just earned photographic honours - FAPS through the Australian Photographic Society (APS), PPSA through Photographic Society of America (PSA), EFIAP through Federation Internationale de l' Art Photographique (FIAP) and EMFCC through Federation of Camera Clubs (FCC) Exhibition systems. Just WON my first international photographic exhibition - Photoclub bor - "Man and Work 2012". My image "Future Aspirations" took out the FIAP Gold Medal for Free Colour and also took out Best Photo of the Exhibition. You can only imagine how proud I am feeling : )
  • Hannans Road Public School, Riverwood
    1967 - 1974
  • Beverly Hills Girls High School
    1975 - 1978
  • Bankstown TAFE
    Secretarial Studies, 1979 - 1979
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Maiden Name - Mortley