Our Team


Stephen Smith (Patron)

Professor Stephen Smith, former foreign affairs and defense minister, is Patron of the Fremantle International Portrait Prize and Vice-Patron of Arthritis and Osteoporosis WA.

After retiring from politics, Stephen returned to Law and was appointed Winthrop Professor of International Law in 2014.

He was awarded a Bachelor of Jurisprudence in 1976, a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) at UWA in 1977 and admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of WA in the same year.

Professor Smith also obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in 1979, was admitted as a Barrister of the Bar of England and Wales (Middle Temple) in 1980, and awarded a Master of Laws from London University (London School of Economics) in International Law in 1982.  He subsequently tutored part time in Public International Law at UWA in the mid 1980s.

Professor Smith is a member of the board of the Perth USAsia Centre, based at UWA and a member of the Advisory Board of the Perth legal firm, Lavan Legal.


Michelle Keyt

Michelle is a dynamic, young professional photographer and businesswoman based in Fremantle, Western Australia.

She studied photography at UWA Extension and the university of Western Australia and has worked professionally with Venture Photography, GFP Graduate Photography and Dale Neill Photography.

Michelle excels as an organizer, being the events organizer for the Fremantle Centre for Creative Photography and the Marketing Coordinator for the Fremantle International Portrait Prize.

In business Michelle is the property manager at Oceanside Manor and is self-employed in Michelle Keyt Photography.

A vibrant mother of three, Michelle still finds time for her daily yoga and pre-sunrise jogs along the Swan River and Indian Ocean.


Alma Sarhan

Alma Sarhan is a Fremantle based photographer, artist and advertising art director. She has spent over 30 years in the advertising industry and brings her marketing expertise to the committee. She was a finalist in the 2017 FIPP. She specialises in photographing dancers (in particular belly dancers) and cats. She has photographed the Cat Haven calendar for the last few years to raise funds for them. She is currently working on ‘The Cats of Freo’ book and will have an exhibition of her dance photographs “The Art of Bellydance” at Kidogo Arthouse Gallery in Fremantle from 30 May to 5 June  2019



Duncan Dodd

Whilst I dabbled with photography in my teens it was not until my role as a draughtsman with a mining company in the late sixties included taking industrial photographs using a 4×5 Crown Graphic camera.  I started to take wedding photographs at weekends using Rolleicord cameras that eventually led to a full time position in a Commercial & Wedding photography business. In the late seventies I moved into the equipment wholesaling business and was a manager for Nikon and other quality photographic brands for many years in both WA & Vic.  During this time I had the opportunity to meet many high profile users, professional photographers, and dealt with many government departments and newspapers. During the 80’s & 90’s I concentrated on the underwater photography market and ran the Nikon School of underwater photography and I was a Scuba Schools International underwater photography instructor and a Certified Photographic Consultant. I have been involved in many aspects of photographic competitions during my 50 years in the industry and since retiring a few years ago I am getting out more often to enjoy taking photographs.



George Woodward

Like Lawrie Beilin, George was a former President of the Fremantle Camera Club for a number of years. An Associate of the Royal Photographic Society and was awarded a distinction by the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain for photographic print submissions. He gained a number of major awards in photographic salons, including the Perth National.

George pursued a career in education, including being a Chief Examiner for the University of Cambridge International Examinations for many years.

His main interest, aside from photography, is football. In particular avidly supporting, since boyhood, his hometown team – Manchester United.


Ivor Metlitzky

Ivor has a BSc. in Electrical Engineering from WITS University (Johannesburg) and after graduating he assisted, along with two Nuclear Physicists, in assembling the historic one million volt accelerator, at the University. This was previously used by Ernest Rutherford at the Cavendish laboratory, Cambridge who in 1937 split the atom for the first time.

This Historic device was eventually donated by Wits to the British Science Museum in London. He then received a bursary from Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland to do a Masters degree in Solid state Physics and shortly thereafter an offer from the Mathematics laboratory at Cambridge university for research in the generation of a high speed electronic register using Tunnel Diodes.

Ivor has been a member of the Fremantle Camera Club for about 8 years and was Competition Director  for 2 years. He has an AAPS honour from the Australian Photographic Society. He is a Committee member of the WAPJA, the FCC and the FiPP. In 2012 Ivor received the Photographic Federation Prize for the Most Successful Exhibitor From WA, in the 27th Perth National Photographic Exhibition.


John Quintner

John is a retired rheumatologist and pain physician who, following his retirement from clinical practice, has embraced social media as an invaluable vehicle for providing reliable scientific information to people experiencing pain and to those who treat them. He is also quite passionate about the need to counteract the huge amount of misinformation about pain and its management that is being passed off to [patients as established knowledge (i.e. truth) by those who should know better. John has been associated with FIPP since its inception.


Dale Neill

Dale has spent a lifetime in professional practice as a photographer and teacher. He taught for five years in TAFE and many of his students are now WA’s leading photographers. Currently one of Australia’s leading photographic educators Dale teaches portrait and digital photography for UWA Extension, government departments and private enterprise. He has led photography tours to Antarctica, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Bali, Egypt, Brunei and Borneo. Dale is a Master Photographer (Gold Bar) in the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography), having gained Silver Awards each year from 2001 to 2012. In 2012 he was a finalist in the National Portrait Prize with his image hung in the National Portrait Gallery. Dale won the WA Professional Photographer of the Year 2005 and the WA Commercial Photographer of the Year the same year. In 2012 Dale established the Fremantle International Portrait Prize attracting 700 entries from 22 countries and raising $8000 for the Arthritis Foundation of WA. He owns and operates FACEZ Fine Art Portrait Studio in Fremantle.



Helen Newnham

From an early age I have had a camera.  My first camera was small Kodak point-and-shoot that only took black and white photos in a square format.  I snapped away and when living and traveling overseas I up-graded to an SLR when all my friends were using compact cameras.  Over the years I have had a number of film SLR cameras. In 2005 I bought my first DSLR and went to Africa.  I was on a steep learning curve.  The introduction of the digital format changed my whole engagement with photography.  In the early days I tended to over process the images because I could but now, I spend  less time in front of the computer and more time getting it right in the camera.  Since retiring I have traveled to all corners of the globe on photographic trips with like-minded people.  I have entered a number of competitions and been fortunate to be awarded a first, second and third place at the Perth National Photographic Exhibition (Perth Royal Show) in different years and I have also had a number of acceptances.  I have been a finalist at FIPP in 2013, 2015 and 2017.  I started my professional life as a nurse then midwife and academic.  I have the following degrees a BAppSc, (WAIT), MSc (Edinburgh), LLB (Murdoch).  With the law degree and ethics in my Masters I was able to teach law and ethics to health professionals at undergraduate and post graduate level at ECU and Notre Dame Universities.  As international coordinator for the school I traveled to a number of different places always with a camera in hand.  I am delighted to be a member of the FIPP committee.


Lawrie Beilin

Chair of the FIPP Committee, Lawrie is an enthusiastic photographer. He was the first digital camera user at the Fremantle Camera Club of which he is a past President. He was a former winner of the Weekend Australian annual Travel Photography award.

In his ‘spare’ time of semi retirement he continues with medical research as an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of WA and Royal Perth Hospital Medical Research Foundation where he is an Honorary Consultant Physician.

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