Alana Holmberg (b. 1983) is an Australian photographer known for her emotive portraiture and multimedia projects. To date, her independent work has explored the experiences of women in relation to family, feminism and body image -- investigations that continue to inform and challenge her own identity.
Alongside nuanced concepts, Alana’s images embody a lyrical and serene aesthetic. Empathy, subtly and vulnerability — both in process and visual outcome — thread her photographic projects, as does her curiosity with how audiences access and interact with visual stories. This interest forms the foundation of her ongoing experimentations with sound, moving image, performance and new technologies.
In her freelance assignments, Alana works across Asia-Pacific with non profit organisations to combined text, photography and motion, producing contemporary storytelling outcomes online. She has covered issues including conflict, climate change, gender equality, food security, and health and nutrition.
Alana joined Australia-based photography collective Oculi in 2016 and is also a proud member of Women Photograph. She teaches private workshops in visual storytelling and is a tutor for visual storytelling, writing for photography and new technologies at Photography Studies College (PSC) in Melbourne. Alana also provides communications consulting and copywriting services to photography-related organisations, initiatives and festivals.
Past clients: World Bank, Greenpeace, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), Oxfam Australia, Plan International Australia, Care Australia, S1T2, Housing Choices Australia.
Editorial: The Guardian (UK & AUS), Der Spiegel (Ger).
Countries worked in: Australia, Fiji, Vanuatu, Tonga, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Phillipines, Myanmar, Solomon Islands, Australia, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Turkey.
Currently in: Melbourne, Australia
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AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS
Winner, National Photographic Portrait Prize, 2019
Residency for RMIT Photography Alumni, 2018
Finalist, William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, 2017
Highly Commended, Maggie Diaz Photography Prize, 2017
Finalist, Organ Vida International Photography Festival, 2017
Finalist, National Photography Portrait Prize, 2017
Recipient, The Pool Grant, 2016
Semifinalist, HeadOn Photo Festival Portrait Prize, 2016
Finalist, HeadOn Photo Festival Multimedia Prize, 2014
Speaker, TedxManly, 2014
EXHIBITIONS & BOOKS
Our Home, Our People, solo exhibition, Suva Public Library, Fiji, 2018.
Our Home, Our People, VR Cinema Program, St Kilda Film Festival, 2018
A Change In The Weather, single-channel video commission part of Common Good, group show at Museum of Art and Sciences (MAAS), Sydney, 2018
Resist Laughter, solo show at The Lost Ones Gallery, Ballarat, 2018
Resist Laughter, Screenings Program at Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Organ Vida Photography Festival, 2017
Resist Laughter, solo show at Special Group Studios, Feature Exhibition at HeadOn Photography Festival, Sydney, 2017
Crossover Web Documentary Festival, Denmark, 2016
Family.Life, Syracuse University and Alexia Foundation Project, USA, 2015
HeadOn Photography Festival, Multimedia Prize Finalists, Group show at Brenda May Gallery, Sydney, 2014
EDUCATION & WORKSHOPS
Producer, ScreenLab Express Workshop, Melbourne (2018)
Participant, Do It With Photobooks, Do It Yourself With Others Workshop, Corinne Noordenbos & Fiore Pinna, Zagreb (2017)
Facilitator, Make It Personal: Visual Storytelling Workshop, Melbourne (2017)
Diploma of Advanced Visual Storytelling, Danish School of Media and Journalism, Aarhus (2015)
Participant, The Eye of Thought Workshop, Aveek Sen & The Lighthouse, Calcutta (2014)
Bachelor of Arts (Photography), RMIT University, Melbourne (2014)
Bachelor of Arts (Public Relations), RMIT University, Melbourne (2004)