Brian Cassey

Member since August 2010.

Uploaded 11 photos.

Long based in Australia’s northern tropical city of Cairns, Brian was born in London UK almost with a camera in his hand. (First camera a VP Twin 127 Bakelite camera – 2/6d at Woolworths)

Spent his formative and ‘interesting’ teenage years playing and photographing football. Pictures appeared regularly in London’s metro and suburban press before Brian moved to Australia.

Since making Cairns home a few decades ago Brian has been freelancing for National and International media including News Ltd, Fairfax, ‘The Wires’ and other media clients.

Brian covered – amongst many other news events – tsunamis in Asia (Banda Aceh Indonesia, Phuket and Khoa Lak Thailand, Myanmar 2004/5) and the Pacific (Sissano Papua New Guinea 1998), the evacuation of refugees from East Timor (1999), George Speights coup in Fiji and the World Economic Forum riots in Melbourne (2000), the victims of the 2002 Bali terrorist bombs, the devastation wrought in Australia by category 5 cyclone’s Larry (2006) and Yasi (2011), and Australia’s detention of refugees on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea (2013 and 2016).

A Nikon Walkley Award winner in 2005, 2011and 2016 (as well as four time finalist), he also won the “Kodak/adidas Australian Sports Photo of the Year” in 1985 and has achieved recognition in the US National Press Photographers Awards “Best of Photojournalism” (Best Portrait 2012), the National Photographic Portrait Prize (2017), the Head On Portrait Prize (2013), the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize (2010, 2012, 2016) , The Bowness Prize (2016), the Rothmans Press Photo Awards, the Hurley Press Photo Awards, the Gordon Parkes photo awards and the US Kellicut International (Winner and 3rd place 2012) – amongst others. Brian was also selected by his peers in the “Top Ten” of “Australia’s Top Photographers” in both the Photojournalism and Editorial categories.

Brian was selected as one of three finalists in the 2013 “Nikon Walkley Australian Press Photographer of the Year Award”.

You can see a large selection of Brian’s work on his web site at and keep up to date with Brian’s current work, exhibitions and publications etc on his blog – “Blog, Journal, News … Whatever …” – at

Brian is also a member of the photojournalist collective ‘fotostrada’ – … and the International Instagram feeds … @everydayclimatechange and @everydayaustralia