Chapter Three
Winter 2017

Annette Ruzicka

Diploma of Photo Imaging at
 CATC Design School, Melbourne, 2015

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How did College change your life? I studied the Diploma of Photo Imaging at CATC in Melbourne, Victoria, completing studies in December 2015 and graduating in April 2016. Completing these studies changed my life by helping me to realise the pursuit of photography as a full time career! I was very much a ‘mature age’ student with a career in public relations and faced the fear of a new, competitive and challenging field with a mortgage to pay – but it was the best decision I made by a long shot. I am now building a client base, have been a finalist for several photography competitions and belong to a commercial photography studio.

What has been the highlight of your career to date?  The highlight of my career to date would certainly be when I was awarded finalist for the national photographic portraiture prize in 2016. This is a highly coveted prize and is a fantastic feather in the cap for an emerging photographer.

When did you stop feeling like a student and start feeling like a professional in training? Shortly after completing my studies I sought out photographers and studios to undertake assisting work as well as undertaking my own shooting and transitioning out of my public relations career. Within months I began to feel like a professional in training, taking what I was learning and putting it into practice. This was solidified with my first few clients, and though I still feel like a professional in training today, one could argue a photographer is always learning.

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