Cameron Herweynen wanted a photography course that would encourage his creativity.
Completing Melbourne Polytechnic's Diploma of Arts (Applied Photography) developed his skills and led to winning the World Nomads Travel Photography Scholarship. Cameron now travels the world as a freelance photographer.
Cameron Herweynen completed the Diploma of Arts (Applied Photography) in 2007 and has been taking incredible photos in Australia and around the world.
Cameron Herweynen was already a passionate photographer when he left school, and wanted to complete a course which supported his work. He enrolled in the Melbourne Polytechnic (formerly known as NMIT) Diploma of Arts (Applied Photography) because of its reputation.
"A good friend of mine, who is also a photographer, studied the course a couple of years before me and recommended it. As far as awards go, it was the number one institute in Australia for photography. I liked what I heard about the style of teaching and the structure of the course. Melbourne Polytechnic was the only place I wanted to go."
Cameron knew that he wanted the freedom to pursue his own personal photographic style.
"That was what I liked about going to Melbourne Polytechnic – they supported my creativity. I came into the course already able to take good photos. I wanted to get support and develop my photography further."
"The teachers supported me and believed in me. There was one particular teacher who inspired me to want to become more than just a photographer. She made me want to excel."
In his final year of the course, at the urging of his teacher, Cameron entered the World Nomads Travel Photography Scholarship, a competition for student photographers from around the world. He won first prize, which sent him on assignment to Arnhem Land, to photograph the Garma Festival.
"Those photos caught the attention of my agent. I started getting work for clients overseas and in Australia. Pretty soon after I finished TAFE I had my first big job, which was shooting the top restaurants in Sydney."
Since leaving Melbourne Polytechnic, Cameron has travelled the world to take photos. His work as a freelance photographer specialising in travel, editorial, portrait and documentary photography has taken him to countries including Cambodia, Malawi, and India. He has completed assignments for publications, businesses and not-for-profit organisations in Australia and overseas, and his work has been published internationally.
He has also recently started organising photo tours with small groups of people to encourage and inspire them in their photographic work. In July 2011 he took a group to the Baliem Festival in West Papua, to experience the rich culture of the local community.
At the moment Cameron feels he still has work to do in establishing himself as a photographer. "Even though I'm getting big jobs, I've still got a way to go with my business. My hope is to become more established, and to have more constant work."
Cameron's photographic travels are continuing, with trips planned for the end of 2011 to India and the Philippines.
Diploma of Arts (Applied Photography)