Danielle Watson is an Australian freelance photographer, specialising in the genres of landscape, nature and travel. Danielle is passionate about photography and love to inspire people to see the often concealed beauty within the landscape.
Watson was originally trained as a Sports Scientist with a Bachelor Applied Science specialising in Human Movement and Sport and Exercise Science. Upon graduating, Watson worked for more than 15 years as a professional tennis coach, a 3 time finalist for Australian (National) and Victoria (State) Tennis Coach of The Year, and winning the 2014 Victoria Club Coach of the Year (Tennis Victoria) and 2012 Rising Star Coach of the Year.
After taking a break from coaching, Watson picked up a camera and has never looked back, her best practice approach in sports science led her to study photography at RMIT University.
“I wanted to set myself apart from most photographers by studying photography and learning at the best photography school in the world”.
The quality of Watson’s work has been recognised by awards in many photography competitions, print publications, magazines and with several high profile corporate clients. Academically Watson was rewarded through her studies at RMIT University winning the most outstanding photographic folio, School of Art awards for Academic Excellence and runner up for RMIT’s VE award for Academic Excellence.
In 2019, Watson was recognised by Capture Magazine as one of the emerging talents to watch (link to online article) with her photographic ability across multiple disciplines and finishing 3rd in Australia’s Emerging Photographer Awards. Recently undergoing certification to become an Accredited Professional Photographer with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP), to continue in her own professional development.
Currently, Watson works as Ken Duncan’s assistant. Passionate about photography and keen to learn more about the photographic industry, and what is takes to be a successful landscape photographer, Watson says her main goal is continue to build a portfolio of landscape photography and hold a solo exhibition within the next two years, along with continuing to explore and shoot places very few people have seen.
2019 Capture Magazine Emerging Photographer of the Year - Student Category - 3rd place
2019 Capture Magazine Emerging Photographer of the Year - Art Category - Top 20
2019 Capture Magazine Emerging Photographer of the Year - Landscape Category - Top 50
2019 Australian Photography Magazine Photographer of the Year - Photo of the Year - 8th placE
2019 Australian Photography Magazine MONO AWARDS - Portrait Photo of the Year - Top 50
2018 International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2018 - 5 x Images (78-85) High Score 84.8/100
2018 Epson International Pano Awards - AmAteur Landscape - 1 x Silver, 4 Bronze
2018 Capture Magazine Emerging Photographer of the Year - Fashion Category - Top 50
2018 Capture Magazine Emerging Photographer of the Year - Landscape Category - Highly Commended
2018 Capture Magazine Emerging Photographer of the Year - Student Category - Highly Commended
2018 Australian grain growers - photo of the year - winner
2018 Victorian Agricultural Society Photography awards - Most Outstanding Print - WINNER
2018 VAS Whittlesea Show Photographic Awards - Most Outstanding Print - Winner
2018 VAS Kyneton Show Photographic Awards - Most Outstanding Print - Winner
2017 Winner Grain Growers Australia - Farming Photography photo of the year - winner
2017 Victorian Agricultural Society Photography awards - Most Outstanding Print - WINNER
2017 Australian Photographer of the Year- Black And White Category - Top 50
2017 Australian Photographer of the Year- Landscape Category - Top 100
2017 Epson International Pano Awards- AmAteur Landscape - 5x Bronze