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Congratulations! Anna Luscombe Photography Studies College Student Success Story

IHEA is proud to congratulate Photography Studies College student, Anna Luscombe for her outstanding achievement as the  winner of the 2020 Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) Silver Lining Awards Student Award – one of the most prestigious photography industry awards in Australia!

Anna was especially taken aback, since her father talked her out of studying photojournalism after high school. Instead she entered the fields of nursing, business, midwifery and recruitment. After coming full-circle, it turns out that you can’t hold back your passion – and she admits that her dreams of becoming a photographer never left her.

Anna’s new title has catapulted her onto the radar of Australia’s contemporary visual arts scene. Studying at PSC has allowed her to explore everything from artistic portraiture to landscape photography and digital imaging. The future is bright for this rising star and our community of photographers and moving image professionals are behind her all the way.

Anna has overcome many hurdles in her life including dyslexia, which a lot of her work addresses. Her AIPP winning image was taken on a cold wintery day in a remote location at the base of Mt. Buller. The photo is of a ski patrol hut, inconspicuous to most, but not Anna and her keen eye for beauty even in the most desolate of places.

This is a great example of the exciting things happening in the independent sector and an example of the quality student outcomes that an independent institution can provide.
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