Athena Zelandonii is an Australian documentary photographer and visual storyteller, and the current Issue Editor of the Australian Photojournalist.

In a primary school darkroom in the late nineties, in a city called Wagga Wagga (yes, it’s a real place) a spark was thrown. All these years and an Honours degree later, Athena is still joyfully searching for the best way to communicate the feeling of looking up at an abundance of stars in the Himalaya, of floating through the warm aquamarine of the Andaman, or of being kissed with great passion by the heat of the Australian sun. This love-affair has so far journeyed across Southern and South-East Asia as well as at home, motivated by an insatiable questioning and curiosity and the deep desire to hear, to learn, and to share.

Currently in Australia, and has photographed here and across Southern and South-East Asia. Available for assignments at home and abroad.

Curriculum Vitae



            The Australian Photojournalist | Issue Editor | Feb. 2014- current

            Phnom Penh Post | Photo Intern | Mar.-Oct 2016



Queensland College of Art at Griffith University

            B.Photo  | December 2013

                        Honours, First Class | December 2014


Individual images and photo essays published in private and public issue print zines, journals, books, newspapers, magazines and online in Australia, across Asia, and in the US.

Publications and features include ABC Online, The Argus, ECS Nepal, Equal Standard, Exposure Mag, PBS: Nova, Phnom Penh Post & Post Weekend, and Outside Magazine.


2016    Exhibition (group) | Photography from Nepal’s Community and Langtang: Tragedy             & Circular Time | Dartmouth College, Hanover, United States of America.

2015    Panel speaker | The Earthquake and the Image | Photo Kathmandu International             Photography Festival

            Rights Exposure workshop participant | Using Visual Media for Social Justice             Campaigns | Photo Kathmandu International Photography Festival

2014    Exhibition (group) | Based on Actual Events  | Queensland College of Art, Brisbane,             Australia

            Speaker | Phallus-ies: QCA Showcase Artist Talks | Queensland College of Art,             Brisbane, Australia

2013    Exhibition (group) |  It’s not you, It’s me  | Queensland College of Art, Brisbane,             Australia

            Exhibition (group)  | QLD Small Towns: Photo-Documentary Project  Brisbane             Powerhouse, Brisbane, Australia

            Queensland Small Towns Photo-documentary Project | Moranbah | Supported with grant funding from Arts Queensland.