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Joel Pratley

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Joel Pratley is a self-confessed storytelling enthusiast with a knack for capturing honesty and vulnerability in the human spirit. It is the authenticity in his images that makes them so engaging, emotive and disarmingly honest.

Born and raised in public housing by a single mum, Pratley discovered photography as an instrument to give voice to others through his lens. A passionate humanitarian, his portraits depict empathy and compassion, a reflection of daily life encounters captured in a spontaneous yet considered way.

With a growing list of accolades, it may be surprising to learn that Pratley’s career is just getting started. In 2019 he was nominated in various photography contests including Head On Photo Festival, Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize and the National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Awards

  • 2020 Head On Photo Festival, Portrait Semi-Finalist
  • 2019 City of Sydney, Australian Life Photography Competition, Finalist
  • 2019 Doug Moran Photographic Prize, Triple Semi-Finalist
  • 2019 Head On Photo Festival, Portrait Finalist
  • 2019 National Photographic Portrait Prize, Finalist
  • 2018 Doug Moran Photographic Prize, Double Semi-Finalist
  • 2018 City of Sydney, Australian Life Photography Competition, Finalist
  • 2018 Sun Studios Emerging Photographer Awards, Finalist
  • 2018 National Photographic Portrait Prize, Double Finalist
  • 2018 Capture Magazine, Australia’s Top 20 Emerging Photographers, Photojournalism/Documentary
  • 2018 Capture Magazine Australia’s Top 10 Emerging Photographers, Portraiture
  • 2018 Head On Photo Festival, Portrait Semi-Finalist
  • 2017 Head On Photo Festival, Portrait Semi-Finalist
  • 2016 Sun Studios Emerging Photographer Awards, Finalist
  • 2015 Head On Photo Festival, Portrait Finalist

Clients

  • Gumtree
  • BPay
  • Bobby Goldsmith Foundation
  • Sydney Brewery