Our judges


Alex Cearns OAM

Dogs Today Magazine in the United Kingdom calls Perth-based photographer Alex Cearns “One of our greatest dog photographers in the world.” Cearns is the Creative Director of Houndstooth Studio based in Perth, Australia, and specialises in capturing portraits that convey the intrinsic character of her animal subjects. 

She photographs for engaged pet lovers, corporate brands in Australia, the USA, and the UK, and for around 40 Australian and International animal charities and conservation organisations. Her images have been published extensively across international media, in books, magazines, billboards and advertising campaigns.

Cearns is the recipient of over 350 awards for photography, business, and philanthropy and in 2019 was awarded an Order Of Australia for services to animal charities through photography. Inspiring others with her joy of working with animals, her philanthropy and passionate advocacy for animal rescue has earned her high regard among Australia’s animal lovers and a strong following on social media. She is an ambassador for Tamron, Profoto, BenQ, and Spider Holster, and is considered an influencer in photography, business, and pet industry communities.

She regularly judges photography competitions and presents at events. Cearns lives with her partner, two rescue dogs, and rescue cat in Perth, Western Australia.



 Adrian Cook

Adrian Cook is an award-winning portrait and documentary photographer and has worked for major advertising agencies and magazines worldwide for the last 25 years.

In early 2015, uninspired by the predictability and monotony of digital photography, Adrian began taking photographs using the wet plate collodion process in an effort to recreate the aesthetic qualities and characteristics lost with the demise of film.

In contrast to the immediate and pervasive, he now works on personal projects and advertising campaigns using wet plate techniques, both in the studio and on-the-road from his mobile darkroom.



 Lynton Crabb

Lynton Crabb is a photographer, motion director, and visual strategist. He was raised in India and Papua New Guinea and is now based in Australia. He shoots all sorts of different subjects, sometimes people, sometimes places, often together with a linking strategic style. Three children, one dog, and one partner, all seem to get on well overall. He needs glasses to see properly. Loves the water and meeting all walks of life. Shooting all over the world, but mainly Australia, Asia and the Pacific.

Clients include Cbus, Lendlease, Australian Unity, Mirvac, Newcrest, Crown Resorts, Johnny Walker, Qantas, Charter Hall, Victorian Government, and a bunch more. A generous and energised creative collaborator, he is known for creating authentic corporate and industrial lifestyle imagery across a variety of sectors.



 Sophie Howarth

During a 30 years career in photography, Sophie Howarth has specialised in social documentary and commercial photography. Drawing on her social documentary photography, her current focus is as an exhibiting artist. The key theme that runs through her work is reverence, found in cultural environments, music festivals, far off lands, and the everyday.

A graduate of Sydney’s National Art School, her practice flourished in the demanding and creatively rich environment of Australia's rock music scene. With a visual sensibility that earned Howarth an access-all-areas pass as official photographer to iconic events like the Big Day Out, touring with artist Gurrumul Yunupingu through Arnhem Land, and staff photographer for Rolling Stone (Australia). The legacy of her early work is a culturally significant archive of world-class Australian and international rock music artists and the music scene from the 1990s to mid- 2000s.

Howarth’s recent exhibition, ‘Behind the Lens with Sophie Howarth’, developed and curated by Glasshouse Regional Gallery diarises and celebrates this expansive anthology of imagery created by her to date, telling individual stories, capturing experiences, culture and land. It is set to tour nationally in 2023.

Drawing on her archive, Howarth’s first book, Peace Love and Brown Rice – A Photographic History of the Big Day Out realises in text and image the spirit of the Big Day Out experience. A more recent collection from the archive – Homage to Chicks, to be exhibited with the Head On Festival 2022, highlights women’s independent presence throughout all industries. Howarth’s love of tour photography and cultural festivals had her imbedded as a photographer of The Golden Eagle Festival of Mongolia, the standout work in her most recent solo exhibition.



 Mike Langford

Mike Langford is a New Zealand born, multi-award-winning international landscape and travel photographer. He has been a professional photographer for over 35 years, an international awards judge and lecturer for 25 years, and has been a freelance photographer for Australian Geographic for over 30 years.

Langford’s passion is travel/landscape photography and travel book publishing, with over 26 books to his name. He is a Canon Master, Grand Master and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP), and a Grand Master and Honorary Fellow and Life Member of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP). He is also an EIZO ambassador.

Langford is a director of New Zealand Creative Photography Workshops with his photo-artist wife, Jackie Ranken.



William Long

Photographer, Speaker, Mentor, and Educator, William Long is arguably one of Australia’s most reputable, successful, and technically diverse professional photographers. In addition to winning numerous national and international professional awards across multiple photographic categories, he has been recognised for his excellence in photography with Fellowships from the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP), British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP), and the Royal Photographic Society (RPS). He is also an Honorary Life Member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP).

Long continues to use his talent to educate, guide, and inspire other photographers at every level, both locally and worldwide, through his mentoring programs, workshops, and online groups. He is also the Founder and Managing Director of PhotoWatchDog, a private industry advocacy concern group that lobbies companies, governments, organisations, and individuals who produce photographic competitions to establish fair terms and conditions for all entrants. 




Anthony McKee

Anthony McKee is a Melbourne-based writer and social documentary photographer. In 2014, he was named AIPP Australian Documentary Photographer of the Year. He has also won awards for his landscape photography. He has judged professional and amateur photography awards on both sides of the Tasman and in 2013 was made an Honorary Fellow of the NZIPP for his services to photography. He is a regular contributor to Australian Photography magazine.



Jayne McLean

Jayne McLean is an international multi-award-winning accredited professional photographer based in Melbourne, Australia with a love for Africa, and has worked in the industry for over 25 years. She runs unique and personal photography tours to the Omo Valley tribes in Ethiopia as well as the remote tribes in Northern Kenya. She enjoys having an adventure with her camera and loves Africa and its incredible tribes and cultures. Her travel, documentary, portrait, landscape, wildlife, and wedding photography have received numerous awards.



 Michele Mossop

Michele Mossop began her career in photojournalism at an Italian daily in Florence, la Città, where she spent all her 20s. With a career spanning more than three decades, Mossop has vast experience as a photojournalist, photo editor, and illustrator, covering breaking news stories, the arts, and the economy.

Working briefly with News Ltd and then with the Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Financial Review her photography has been recognised as a finalist in the Moran Photography Prize and twice in the Head On photographic portrait prize; she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 1995.

Based in Sydney, she regularly freelances across corporate, editorial, and arts assignments. Although she loves the immediacy and vast range digital photography offers, she has very happy memories of hand processing film and the calm space of the darkroom.



Matt Palmer – MPhotog MNZIPP (Dist.)

Matt Palmer is a specialist landscape photographer and co-owns the Alpine Light Gallery featuring photographic art in Bright, Victoria.

Starting out in live music photography almost 25 years ago, Palmer has experience in multiple genres including portraiture, wedding, sports, documentary, and landscape photography.

Passionate about storytelling through imagery, his series on Tasmanian fire impacts helped him receive 2019 Australian Professional Photographer of the Year and Landscape photography awards.



Jackie Ranken

Jackie Ranken is an Australian born, multi-award winning landscape/art photographer who has lived in New Zealand since 2004. She has over thirty five years’ experience within the visual arts and has been an international awards judge since 2002.

She combines her art practice with teaching and is a presenter in workshops and seminars internationally. Her passion is the creation of multi-layered narratives via in camera multiple exposures and intentional movements. Allowing play and serendipity into her creative process gives her personal freedom to break rules and push the so-called boundaries of traditional image making processes.

Since 2001 she has won many prestigious photography awards which have culminated in making her a Grand Master of both the Australian and the New Zealand Institutes of Professional Photography. She is a Canon Master and EIZO Ambassador.




Marley Morgan

Marley’s photography highlights the beauty of First Nations Aboriginal families with a heavy focus on Aboriginal women, motherhood and culture. The strength and resilience of her people to continue and revive cultural practices that were once prohibited serves as inspiration in Marley’s work, which aims to document and showcase the beauty of her people.


Marley Morgan SQ

Once entries close on 13 June 2022, images will be shortlisted by staff of Australian Photography and Capture.

The panel will judge the shortlisted entries. In the event of a tie for first or second place, the relevant images will be returned to the judges for an additional round of voting.

The results of The Mono Awards, presented by SanDisk, will be announced in Australian Photography (September 2022 issue) and Capture (August-September-October 2022). Announcements will also be made in August 2022 at australianphotography.com, capturemag.com.au and themonoawards.com.au.

Following the winners' announcement, People's Choice judging will begin. This will be conducted on The Mono Awards Facebook page in late September. Voting will be open for approximately two weeks. Images in the Top 30 from each category – People, Places, and Animals – will be eligible for People's Choice. The image with the most likes in its category will be declared the People's Choice winner in that category when the voting period closes.


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