Uluru in View

By Natasha Dragun

Uluru in View
An exclusive photography weekend in the spiritual heart of Australia promises to celebrate one of the world’s most sacred, not to mention stunning, sites.

There’s something magical about Uluru – no matter what time of the year or moment of the hour you visit, you’re guaranteed unfolding drama and beauty in equal measure. Sunshine, cloud cover, temperature and rain change the face of the 348-metre-high sandstone rock, one of the largest monoliths in the world. The rich, red landscape around it also transforms with the changing conditions.

Needless to say, the area has been a pilgrimage site for photographers for decades. And, come October, the Red Centre will see 100 lucky guests descend on the region’s Ayers Rock Resort for an experience like no other. The Uluru in View: A MiNDFOOD Photography Expedition weekend will be held from Friday October 10 to Sunday October 12, and is set to be one of the most interactive and engaging ways to improve your photography skills while developing a deeper appreciation for the drama of the Australian Outback.

The weekend brings together three of Australia’s most noted and prolific photographers – Grenville Turner, Wayne Sorensen and Wayne Quilliam – who will host a variety of informative workshops for photographers of varying skill levels, including camera and lighting techniques; portraiture, landscape and food photography; and post-production techniques.

Guests will also have the opportunity to join the three photographers for sunrise and sunset tours, getting you up close and personal with the rock, with tips provided along the way.

Over the course of the weekend, photographs taken by guests will be entered into daily competitions, with a grand prize winner announced at the conclusion of the event.

Away from the lens, guests will be treated to a range of exclusive experiences, including a dot-painting workshop hosted by Anangu artists; a Tastes of the Outback dinner experience with a contemporary bush tucker-inspired menu under the stars; and a culinary masterclass led by celebrity indigenous chef Mark Olive.

While the Uluru in View: A MiNDFOOD Photography Expedition covers two nights, it would be a shame not to extend your stay to make the most of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta region: additional touring options include camel rides, helicopter flights and interpretative guided tours, among others.

The Uluru in View: A MiNDFOOD Photography Expedition is suitable for photography enthusiasts of all skill levels, beginners to advanced. Guests must bring their own digital camera (no minimum standards required, from point-and-shoot to advanced digital SLRs). The experience is limited to 100 guests. Two- and three-night packages are available and include accommodation, a dot-painting workshop, Tastes of the Outback dining experience, a sunrise photography tour, workshops, a buffet lunch, a culinary masterclass with The Black Olive, a gala dinner, and a three-day pass for the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

For bookings, call Voyages Travel Centre on 1300 134 044 (AU) or +61 2 8296 8010 (NZ) or email [email protected] For more information and a full schedule of activities at the event, visit ayersrockresort.com.au/events.

With more than 40 years’ experience behind the camera, acclaimed photographer Grenville Turner has taught at the University of Sydney’s Centre for Continuing Education and at Charles Sturt University, as well as being a founding tutor at the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney. Turner established the curriculum for digital photography and printmaking at KVB Raffles, a private university in Sydney, as well as conducting Study Tours for Sydney University and numerous workshops and independent photographic tours within Australia.

Landscape photographer Wayne Sorensen has a passion for capturing unique images of natural environments, whether under extreme conditions, from unusual viewpoints or at times when most people are not around. This year, Sorensen exhibited at Sydney’s acclaimed Head On Photo Festival. In the past, he has received several prominent awards for his work, including winning the 2012 Canon EOS Photo5 competition for black-and-white portraiture and the 2009 International Aperture Award for landscape photography.

Adjunct professor Wayne Quilliam is a professional Australian Aboriginal photographic artist, filmmaker and cultural advisor. Over the past 20 years, his photography has covered everything from social documentaries and sport to tourism, fashion, weddings and movies. Quilliam is recognised as a leading contemporary in his field, with his images fusing traditional spirituality and contemporary photographic processes.


Mark Olive, aka The Black Olive, has been a chef for more than 25 years and has been applauded for his charismatic style and creative approach to food. Olive has starred in his own TV series, The Outback Café, and has appeared on a host of cooking, lifestyle and travel shows. Olive’s Black Olive Catering, a catering and function centre, is known for its gourmet Australian indigenous cuisine.


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