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.

Derwin 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, has travelled extensively on assignment in the NT and internationally and worked as the Picture Editor for the NT News.

Derwin has recently relocated to northern NSW and is working as a freelance photographer.

Honours and Awards

  • 2017 MEAA NT Media Awards Photographer of the Year - Body of work: The NT News
  • 2017 PANPA NewspaperAwards Finalist - Portrait Photograph of the Year - Soap
  • 2017 PANPA NewspaperAwards Finalist  - Sport Photograph ofthe Year - Silver Lining 
  • 2016 MEAA 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 MEAA 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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