Elise began her photographic career in Sydney as an assistant to her favourite music photographer. Hounding him at gigs until he agreed to take her on. After completing a bachelor of design (Photomedia) at the University of Western Sydney she jumped on a plane headed for the Top End of Australia to escape the Sydney traffic.

Elise worked on a buffalo hunting camp in Arnhem Land, drove for miles in a troupe with no air con and shared a river with a crocodile named Conrad, all while falling in love with the Northern Territory.

Derwin moved to Darwin in 2011 beginning work at the NT News as a staff photographer shortly after and has pursued a career in photojournalism. In a short space of time she has produced a considerable portfolio of Top End-related work, and has travelled extensively on assignment in the NT and internationally. Elise is currently working as the Picture Editor for the NT News.

Honours and Awards

  • 2017 PANPA NewspaperAwards Finalist - Portrait Photograph of the Year - Soap       
  • 2017 PANPA NewspaperAwards Finalist  - Sport Photograph ofthe Year - Silver Lining 
  • 2016 NT Media Awards Photographer of the Year - Body of Work: The NT News
  • 2016 PANPA Newspaper of the Year Awards Photography of the Year Features / Lifestyle winner - Nudist Nomads 
  • 2016 PANPA Newspaper of the Year Awards Finalist Features/Lifestyle - Legends of the Tiwis 
  • 2016 PANPA Newspaper of the Year Awards Finalist Portrait Photography - Fire In His Soul 
  • 2016 Music Portrait Prize Winner and People's Choice Winner - Elsey Day
  • 2015 NT Media Awards Finalist - Body of work: The NT News.
  • 2015 Music NT Portrait Prize Winner Green Stone Garden
  • 2014 NT News Photographer of the Year - Body of Work
  • 2013 NewsCorp Photographer of the Year Finalist - Body of work: The NT News.

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2017 Nudist Nomads - Head on Photo Festival, Sydney
  • 2017 INsTagrammers Exhibition - Northern Territory Library, Darwin
  • 2017 Women Who Shoot - Gallery Two Six, Darwin
  • 2015 PROOF: Photo Essays from the Top End - NCCA, Darwin

For all enquires and assignments:

mobile: 0420 522 517

email: elise.derwin@gmail.com

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