Melissa Anderson is an accomplished photographer and artist with over two decades of experience working across many genres. She studied photography at Griffith University (QCA), and has been awarded Masters of Photography (AIPP).
She has received numerous accolades throughout her career for her imagery, business ethos and photographic and cultural contributions. Her work has been awarded, exhibited and published internationally, and her projects are held in the National Library Australia, Australian War Memorial, Australian National and State Galleries, and in international galleries.
She is a sought after photographer, speaker, trainer, judge, and mentor. Melissa’s work has been recognised for its cultural significance including an Australia Day Cultural Medal (RCC). Melissa is a co founder and co curator of the Loud and Luminous Project, which has widely been recognised for its importance and is part of the National Library Australia Collections.
Her imagery has been widely featured in publications such as Vogue, Luxury Getaways, Weekends 4 2, Master Photographers, New Scientist, Country Life, and her client list is extensive. Her work is held in national and international galleries, and has won international acclaim.
Melissa donates time to educational, arts, and community organizations, and uses the medium of photography to engage discussion. She has contributed efforts through board representation, developing industry qualifications and national accreditation program, amongst other projects. She is an Australian Flying Arts Touring artist, and enjoys working with communities and youth projects.
Throughout her career Melissa has been recognised for her contribution, internationally exhibited, and her work has received many accolades. She was the 1999 Illustrative Photographer of the year, 2001 Qld Commercial Photographer of the year, 2001 Australian Fashion/Advertising Photographer of the year, finalist in 2017 AIPP Travel Photographer of the year, and Finalist in the 2018 Australian Photography Awards Documentary category.
In 2007 she was named one of the top 10 photographers in Australia, and in 2011 she was awarded RCC Commbank Woman in Business award. Melissas work has been shortlisted in the prestigeous Olive Cotton Award, Percival Portrait Prize, Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert award amongst others, numerous times.
In 2017 Melissa was shortlisted in the Clayon Utz Art Prize, Freemantle Portrait Prize, Australian Photography Awards, AIPP Australian Travel Photographer of the year finalist, and Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Prize. In 2018 Melissa was a finalist in the Australian Photography Awards (2nd, Documentary), Clayton Utz Art Prize, Percival Portrait Prize, and she was awarded an Australia Day award (RCC) for her cultural contibutions through photography.
In 2019 Melissas work was listed in the prestigious Olive Cotton Award Exhibition, Moreton Bay Art Prize, Lethrbridge Small Scale Art Prize, and her project Loud and Luminous exhibition included multimedia circulation of over 20,000 000, and over 3000 people through the gallery doors.
Melissa is the daughter of a photographer, and she loves getting her hands messy, and watching light dance. She enjoys challenging her creativity, and storytelling through her artwork. To see more work of Melissas work, or get in touch please visit www.melissaanderson.com