National award for La Trobe photojournalism student

An image from Anette Moen's award winning workThe Ossie Awards are an annual event organized by the Journalism Education Association of Australia and are judged by prominent journalists and editors.

Anette’s entry, which saw her operating in an extremely difficult technical scenario, intimately followed the life of a burlesque dancer.

This entry is the clear winner with image consistency, depth and detail,’ said Sally Harding, a successful freelance photojournalist, who judged the category and made an assessment of Anette’s work.

‘Each photograph is bold and interesting, taking the viewer on a rollercoaster ride of drama, humour and excitement before suddenly skidding to a halt in the still of night. The accompanying caption is the perfect introduction, proving that less is often more, and allows the picture story to unfold at its own pace.’

Anette is an international student from Norway. When she made her successful assignment she  had not undertaken any previous photography courses nor had she any prior experience as a photographer.  

This is the second year running that a student from the La Trobe University photojournalism course has won the award.

‘One of our primary concerns is to foster the unique vision of each student,’ said Ms Julie Millowick, Head of Photojournalism at La Trobe University Bendigo.

‘We believe that our role as educators includes providing students with technical and conceptual tools, allied with understandings of visual and cultural literacy, to enable the successful visual interpretation of the human condition and its communication to a wide audience.’

Further images from La Trobe Online Photojournalism students can be found at Information about Online Photojournalism, either as a short course, or all the units, can be found at


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