My name is Athena Zelandonii, and i’m am Australian photojournalist and writer.  I’m currently based in Brisbane, but when it’s possible to be adventuring, I probably am.

I work as a visual storyteller for love and for labour, in small ways and in large. Since graduating in 2014 I have been the most recent Issue Editor of the Australian Photojournalist, and had the privilege of living and working in Cambodia making pictures for The Phnom Penh Post.

Overwhelmingly, I believe in the power of storytelling, particularly in the field of communication for social change. Whether it is with words or with pictures, my work is motivated by curiosity and empathy, and a burning desire to see, to learn, and to share.

You can contact me via my contact page, or by emailing me at athenaaurora [at] hotmail [dot] com [dot] au.

Athena would like to respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which she lives, works, and travels through.

Curriculum Vitae



The Australian Photojournalist | Issue Editor | Feb 2014- Aug 2017

Phnom Penh Post | Photo Intern | Mar- Oct 2016



Griffith University

B.Journalism  | ongoing


Queensland College of Art at Griffith University

B.Photo  | Dec 2013

Honours, First Class | Dec 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.