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.
The Australian Photojournalist | Issue Editor | Feb 2014- Aug 2017
Phnom Penh Post | Photo Intern | Mar- Oct 2016
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.
EXHIBITIONS, PROJECTS, TALKS
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.