TAFE NSW is helping photography students step into the spotlight and launch their own businesses in response to growing demands for skilled practitioners in all aspects of imaging.

Inner West local Maighread Jardine photographed in front of her entry for this year’s Head On Photo Festival.

Maighread Jardine is one of many skilled female graduates achieving success in the industry. After studying a Diploma of Photography and Digital Imaging at TAFE NSW Ultimo, she is launching her own self-titled fine art and commercial photography business. It comes as the number of photographers employed nationally has risen 12 per cent over the last year, and more Australian women than ever now run their own business, making up 36 per cent of small business owners. Ms Jardine recently won Silver and Gold at the Prix de la Photographie, Paris. She is currently exhibiting at The Muse, TAFE NSW Ultimo as part of the Head On Festival until 26 November, and will exhibit at the Alchemy Photography Exhibition on 28 November, also at The Muse.

TAFE NSW Head Teacher of Photography, Mark Woszczalski said it’s great to see students like Maighread achieving success in the competitive industry. “As the photography industry experiences growth, we’re committed to equipping students with the hands-on skills they need to achieve their career goals. Through a mixture of practical and theoretical training, the Diploma of Photography and Digital Imaging equips students to work across a range of photography styles, so they can hit the ground running once they graduate.”

Details of TAFE NSW’s Diploma of Photography and Digital Imaging course can be found here.