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About Me 2017-01-29T15:30:59+00:00

Craig Wetjen is a professional photographic artist with 30 years in the photographic industry.

Craig has come a long way from shooting sports for his local newspaper in Connecticut, USA to moving to Australia in 1996 to help establish Melbourne’s RMIT University first digital imaging course.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories have Craig’s images of the Mars Pathfinder and Cassini projects amongst their collection, as do many brides and grooms who have national and international award winning photography to call their own.

Craig’s latest project “Men and Their Sheds” documents Australian men in their sheds in a hard cover book. It highlights the importance of a mans shed to his physical and mental well being.

Craig is an educator of photography, an industry mentor, and a conduit to many professional links within the industry.

Awards and Commissions

Moran National Photographic Prize

2015 Semi Finalist 1 image
2014 Semi Finalist 2 images

Small Business Success Award

2012 Momentum Energy, 3AW and the Victorian State Government

Australian Institute of Professional Photography

2015 Awarded Masters of Photography of the AIPP (M.Photog I)
2011 Awarded Masters of Photography of the AIPP (M.Photog)
2008 Awarded Associate member of the AIPP (AAIPP)
2013 Associate of WPPI USA

Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards

2013 Finalist Travel photographer of the year
2008 to 2014 – 5 Silver with Distinction Awards
2006 to 2014 – 17 Silver Awards

Epson AIPP Victorian Professional Photography Awards

2009 Runner Up Victorian Wedding Photographer of the Year
2007 to 2014 – 38 Sliver awards 2007 to 2014 – 8 Sliver with Distinction

Creative Asia Awards 2010

4th and 6th place

WPPI USA 2009

3rd place Portrait and wedding category

“There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.”

ANSEL ADAMS
“There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.”
ERNST HASS

“The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.”

Elliott Erwitt, Your Content Goes Here
“Black and white are the colors of photography. They symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is subjected.”
ROBERT FRANK

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”

Elliott Erwitt, Your Content Goes Here

Project Street 7:30

WOW WOW WOW! What a day it was yesterday! and last night! it was awesome! To have 30 Melbourne photographers undertake Project Street 7:30 to shoot, edit print, and exhibit all in 7 hours was an amazing experience. To see the 30 images auctioned last night (raising $11,400 for Kids Under Cover charity) surrounded by at least 200 people was amazing. I am stoked my print was the highest auctioned photo on the night ($725).

All the photos from June 3 can be viewed here

MEN AND THEIR SHED’S- BOOK – A BEST SELLER

Author Craig Wetjen’s recent book title Men and Their Sheds has gone on the best seller list for 2016 for publisher Echo Publishing.

The concept of Men’s Shed collectives plays a significant role in reaching the marginalised in our society and reducing isolation by connecting men with each other and their communities. Community involvement gives an opportunity for men to be involved in something meaningful and make a positive contribution to their community whilst providing a safe, friendly and inclusive environment to gather and work on meaningful projects in the company of other males.

Craig photographed a 101 men

CLIENTS I’VE WORKED WITH