Hilary Wardhaugh | Canberra Photographer

Established 1997


Hilary Wardhaugh CV 2020

I acknowledge the Ngunnawal and Ngambri People as the Traditional Owners of the land I live and work on and pays respect to their Elders, past, present and emerging. I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of lands and waters across Australia and recognise that Indigenous sovereignty has never been ceded.

I love to make portraits of people. I specialise in studio portraits, executive and corporate headshots, environmental portraits, event photography and editorial portraits.

I have a love for working with the elderly and our senior citizens; especially those with Dementia. Two portrait sessions I am passionate about are: Memory Portraits and Vintage Portraits.

I am a Volunteer Photographer for Heartfelt since 2011 and the ACT Representative until recently.

Solo Exhibitions

September 2019 Memories Are Made Of This Canberra Contemporary Artspace Manuka

July 2018 #welcomenotwelcome Photoaccess Manuka, Canberra

March 2017 Publius Ovid shown at Chutespace- M16 Artspace Giffith, ACT

2016 Feb-March The ONE Project Creator, Curator and Exhibitor, 28 artists. Photoaccess Manuka and also The AIPP Event in Melbourne

2013 URBAN 25th May-16th June 2013 at The Artists Shed, Queanbeyan NSW

2009 Die Like A Dog Featured Exhibition as part of the Head On Photographic Festival, Index Space Gallery, St Peters, Sydney.

2008 Fathers and Sons – A Pictorial Essay M16 Gallery, Fyshwick ACT

Nov 1998 The 30 Something Woman, The Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT

Collaborative Projects

2020 Re-Generations Photoaccess Canberra

2020 The Loud and Luminous Project // Conference March 2018, Canberra

2019  The Loud and Luminous Project // Conference March 2018, ANU Canberra School Of Art

2019 The Loud and Luminous Project // Exhibition Contact Sheet Gallery St Leonard’s NSW Featured Exhibition as part of the HeadOn Festival Sydney NSW

2018 The Loud and Luminous Project // Exhibition and Conference March 2018, Melbourne.

2016 Feb-March The ONE Project: Creator, Curator and Exhibitor, 28 artists. Photoaccess Manuka and also The AIPP Event in Melbourne

2001 Image Heal Thyself  Co-creator, Co-Curator, Project Manager and exhibitor with With Lindi Heap. Leichhardt Street Studios, Kingston, Canberra ACT


2020 March Re-Generations Photoaccess Manuka Canberra ACT

2019 October Exposure Exhibition  Project Manager, Mentor and Curator, Photoaccess Manuka ACT

Group Exhibitions

2017 Maggie Diaz Portraiture Prize Exhibition Melbourne

2010-2017 AddOn group exhibition as part of Head On Photographic Festival, Sydney

2009 Head On Finalist Portrait Prize Exhibition 

1998 The f64 group exhibition at Contemporary Art Space, Manuka, ACT

1998 CIT Graduation Exhibition, High Court Canberra

Speaking Roles

2020​ ReGenerations Artist talk Photoaccess Canberra
2020-2018 Loud and Luminous Artist talks: Melbourne, Sydney Canberra
2019-2017 ​Inservice and training workshops with Heartfelt, Canberra
2019​ Loud and Luminous Changing the World with personal Projects Panel, Sydney
2017​ Lighthouse Innovations Talk, Canberra
2016​ The One Project Artist talk
2015​ Pop Up Office Events weekly at Canberra Museum and Art Gallery, Belconnen Arts Centre and The National Press Club
2015​ Canberra Business Fair September 2015
2012​ Hair of the Dog QLD AIPP Seminar
2011​ ProPhotography Seminar Melbourne
2010 Die Like a Dog Artist talk Head On Photo Festival Sydney and AIPP The Event Adelaide
2005 ​Click Photo Seminar Series Canberra Institute Of professional Photography with Christopher Pearce, March to July

Mentoring and Community

2019-2011 ​Photowalk Canberra: A free community photowalk run quarterly 2017-2012 ​AIPP Mentor and Assessor
2019-2012​ Mentoring Emerging photographers through my business.

2019-2011 ​Volunteer Photographer for​ ​Heartfelt


2020-2018 NAVA

2019-2017 ​Canberra Business Chamber

2012-2010 ​Queanbeyan Business Chamber

2020-2011 ​Heartfelt (ACT Rep 2011-2020)

AIPP Membership 1997-2019 (Master Photographer 4 Gold Bars)

Boards, Committees and Representative Work

2017-1997 ​AIPP ACT Council member 2003-2002 ​

AIPP Board Member 2011-2009, 2001-2000 ​

AIPP ACT President

2017-2012 ​AIPP Mentor

2019-2012 ​AIPP Assessor
2019-2017 ​AIPP Constitution Committee, Mentoring Committee, Diversity Committee

2019-2003 ​AIPP National and State Judge
2012-2010 ​Queanbeyan Business Chamber

2009-2010- Moran Contemporary Portrait Prize Semi-Finalist[/vc_column_text]

What Can I Do For You

I create a portrait, not just a picture. It needs to say who you are and what you do. If in business or in love my aim is to create your story or your brand. I have run a successful portrait and event photography business in the Canberra region for 20 years. I have a dedicated studio for headshots but also a portable studio lighting kit to bring to your business.

More videos available HERE illustrating published photobooks and other projects

You can contact me on 0418 255 416 or hilary@hwp.com.au

Hilary by Tracy Lee


Engage people 100%
Relax people 100%
Create a portrait, not just a picture 100%

Giving Back

I provide photography for the ACT Cancer Council every year and have been doing so since 2002. It is a lovely relationship and one where my talent and expertise can benefit a well-deserving organisation.

Volunteer Work

I am a Volunteer Photographer for Heartfelt , the ACT Representative 2011-2020 &  have  volunteered for 91/2 years.

Community Involvement

I have run a quarterly photowalk, called #PhotowalkCanberra between 2011 and 2019.  It is always wonderful to give back and I love to help and teach.




Call 0418255416