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about GRACE

GRACE COSTA

Advanced Diploma of Commercial Photography

Hi, I'm Grace

I have a very creative spirit and bring that into the work I do every day.

I have been a professional photographer in Canberra for over 2 decades. I started my career working in photography portrait studios, then spent over a decade as a corporate photographer for The Department of Defence covering the department’s branding imagery & internal communications, before becoming my own Boss Lady doing what I love in a whole new way.

I work with large organizations in Canberra on their media & internal visual communication needs as well as Personal Branding Photos for Coaches, Consultants & Creatives.

I am also a passionate Creative Mentor,  helping photographers connect to their creativity. I run group workshops and private tuition on the topics of photography, digital editing, creative thinking, and curating exhibitions.

In 2022 I will be launching my podcast The Photo Diaries designed to help photographer reach their full potential.

TED Talk: Connecting to Your Creative Truth Through Personal Story

corporate CLIENTS

kind WORDS

professional ACHIEVEMENTS

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • 2022 National Portrait Gallery Masterclass instructor & mentor
  • 2020 Finalist Head On Photo Awards
  • 2020 Speaker – The Personal Brand Experience summit
  • 2020 Curator award – PhotoAccess exhibiton and mentorship program
  • 2019 Executive Producer The Narrabundah Boy, short film featured in the Canberra Short Film Festival
  • 2019 Keynote speaker Nikon Refocus Retreat and Mentor
  • 2017 TEDxCanberra Speaker
  • 2017 Highly Commended XI World Polo Art Exhibition
  • 2015 Shortlisted Fremantle International Portrait Prize
  • 2014 Finalist National Photographic Portrait Prize
  • 2014 Gold ACT AIPP Awards
  • 2013 Awarded AIPP Associate Photographer status
  • 2013 Finalist Fremantle International Portrait Prize
  • 2013 Elected ACT AIPP Council Member
  • 2013 2x Silver APPA Awards
  • 2012 Winner Click 12 Prize, BSG Gallery
  • 2012 Silver International Loupe Awards
  • 2011 Silver International Loupe Awards
  • 2011 Silver Distinction APPA Awards
  • 2011 3x Silver APPA Awards
  • 2010 Silver International Loupe Awards

EXHIBITIONS

I have participated in both solo and group exhibitions in galleries throughout Australia.

  • 2019 Equine – QT Hotel Canberra
  • 2019 Group – Spotted- (Beauty in Difference) curated by Grace Costa, M16 Artspace, Canberra
  • 2019 The Narrabundah Boy, Short film premier, Palace Electric Cinema, Canberra
  • 2017 Horse – Logan Gallery, Queensland
  • 2017 Horse – Weswal Gallery, Tamworth
  • 2016 Horse – Nishi Gallery, NewActon Canberra
  • 2016 Loud and Luminous, Brunswick St Gallery, Melbourne
  • 2016 Still – Grace Costa, Weswal Gallery, Tamworth
  • 2015 Still – Grace Costa and Mark Mohell, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney
  • 2015 Group – Activism Photo Access, Canberra
  • 2014 Group – National Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
  • 2014 Group – On Film, Photo Access Members Show, Canberra
  • 2013 Group – (mixed media show) Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne
  • 2013 Group – RAW Canberra showcase
  • 2013 Buck’d Off 2042 Gallery, Sydney
  • 2012 Buck’d Off Kaori Gallery, Canberra
  • 2012 Buck’d Off Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Canberra
  • 2012 Buck’d Off Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne
  • 2012 Click 12 Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne
  • 2012 Kodak Salon Awards CCP, Melbourne
  • 2012 Tuggeranong Art Prize, Canberra
  • 2011 Kodak Salon Awards CCP, Melbourne
  • 2002 Graduating Exhibition CIT Reid, Canberra

CURATION AND EXHIBITION MANAGEMENT

  • Beauty in Difference – M16 Artspace, group show
  • Metamorphosis – Strathnairn Arts, Solo show for Sarah McCarthur King
  • All things Created – Strathnairn Arts, Solo show for Jan Vincent

PUBLISHED

  • Big Ink Magazine – Feature article
  • 100 Year Centenary of The Royal Military College Duntroon book
  • Duntroon Stamp collection
  • Canberra Times – Feature article
  • Her Canberra – Feature article
  • Department of Defence- Military Service newspapers
  • Art Almanac
  • Canberra Weekly
  • Bungendore News