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Lilli Waters is an award-winning photographer and has been recognised as one of the world’s best photographers by Lurzer’s Archive.  Her work explores the human condition through the feminine form – the tension between strength and vulnerability, darkness and luminosity. Her images are haunting, dramatic and evocative – story landscapes that invite the viewer to become the subject and connect with the themes explored deep within.

Lilli’s otherworldly images have appeared in countless publications and been exhibited globally to great acclaim - including Jane by the Grey Attic (Aus), Vogue Living (Aus), Belle Magazine (Aus), Art Aesthetica (UK), Austrian Living (Austria), and The Opera Magazine (Germany) – as well as appeared in feature films, including Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed (USA). Her clients include Mercedes-Benz, Uniqlo, Mimco, Anna Sui, HarperCollins, Bloomberg, Frank Green, UMENCO,  Deadly Ponies and Sleeping with Jacques. 

Her work has been exhibited to much acclaim in Italy, Germany, Japan, the UK, the USA, and Australia. She was winner of the Du Reitz Art Award (2021), and has been a finalist in the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize (2022 and 2021), Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Art (2021), Fisher’s Ghost Art Award (2020), Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize (2020),  Du Reitz Art Awards (2020), Percival Photographic Art Prize (2020), National Portrait Prize (2019), Australian Photography Awards (2018) and Art Aesthetica Art Award (2018), to name a few.

Lilli is highly experienced in directing talent to create story, and has recently been extending her work into film, directing emotive short films and music videos. Her films include Faces and Summer Love for Stephanie Cherote (2021 and 2020), The Driver for Jacob Cole (2019), and Utero’s ‘Other’s Dream’ (2018).

Lilli lives in Melbourne, Australia.
Clients include
Mercedes-Benz

UNIQLO 

Harper Collins

Universal Pictures

Bloomberg

Anna Sui

Mimco

Frank Green

Deadly Ponies

UMENCO

Sleeping with Jacques

Jane by the Grey Attic

To Be Magazine 


Awards
2022
Finalist Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize
Finalist Percival Photographic Portrait Prize

2021 
Finalist Iris Award, Perth Centre for Photography
Winner Du Rietz Art Award
Selected as 200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide 2021/2022, Lurzer’s Archive
Finalist Naked & Nude Art Prize
Finalist x 2 Du Rietz Art Awards 
Finalist Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize
Finalist Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Art

2020
Finalist x 3 Australian Photography Awards
Honourable Mention International Photography Awards
Finalist Photo Oxford Festival
Finalist Fisher’s Ghost Art Award
Finalist Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize
Highly Commended The Mono Awards 
Finalist Du Rietz Art Awards
Finalist Percival Photographic Portrait Prize
Finalist Biennal Adelaide Park Lands Art Prize

2019
Honourable mention Budapest International Photo Awards
Finalist Australian Photography Awards
Finalist Now Contemporary Art Prize
Finalist Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize
Finalist Iris Awards, PCP
Commended The Mono Awards
Finalist Incinerator Art Award
Highly Commended Australasia’s Top Emerging Photographers Awards
Finalist National Photographic Portrait Prize

2018
Finalist Australian Photography Awards
Finalist Art Aesthetica Art Award

2017
Finalist Contemporary Art Awards
Finalist National Still Life Award
Finalist Click 17, Brunswick St Gallery
Semi-Finalist Head On Portrait Prize

2015
Semi-Finalist Head On Portrait Prize

2013
Finalist Head On Portrait Prize
Highly Commended Qantas Soya  Award

2012
Highly Commended, Doug Moran National Contemporary Photographic Prize
Semi-Finalist x 2, Doug Moran National Contemporary Photographic Prize
Highly Commended Qantas Soya Award

2011
Winner Focus Project People’s Choice

In Print Publications
2022
Il Fotografo Magazine, Italy
JANE by the Grey Attic ~ issue 11, Australia
Real Living Magazine, Australia

2021
Pétala Magazine, Germany
Normal Magazine, France
Real Living Magazine, Australia
JANE by the Grey Attic ~ issue 9 ‘The Blue Nights’, Australia
‘Mass Isolation Australia’ publication
Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Australia 

2020
Belle Magazine, Australia
JANE by the Grey Attic ~ issue 8 ‘There were seeds inside’, Australia
Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, Australia

2019
Belle Magazine, Australia
Austrian Living Magazine, Austria
The Opera Magazine Vol. VIII, Germany
Vogue Living Magazine, Australia

2018
Capture Magazine, Australia
Noblesse China Magazine, China 
Photo Essay ‘Nature and Human Beings’ Future Now, 100 Contemporary Artists, USA
Real Living Magazine, Australia

2017
Das Magazin, USA
The Opera Magazine Vol. VI, Germany
The Age, Sunday Life, Australia

2016
Australian House & Garden Magazine, Australia
Art Aesthetica Magazine, UK

2015
Elle Magazine, Australia
The Opera Magazine Vol. III, Germany

2014
Fine Line Magazine, USA

2013
The Modern and Contemporary Art, France 

Online Publications
2022
Hunter and Folk
The Design Files

2021
Lobster Magazine
Schön! Magazine
Lenscratch 
Contemporary Art Collectors 
Beware Magazine

2020
Vogue Living
The Design Files
Hunter & Folk

2019
Art Thy Neighbour 
Modern Times Journal
The Age
The Design Files

2018
Feature Shoot
Vogue Living 

2016
Juxtapoz, USA

2015
Art Aesthetica

2014
iGNANT, Germany
This is Paper, Poland
GUP 
Clik Clik, France

2012
Empty Kingdom, USA

Solo Exhibitions
2022
Orpheus
Curatorial & Co. Gallery, Sydney

Orpheus 
Metro Gallery, Melbourne

2020
Disenchantments of the World
Curatorial & Co. Gallery, Sydney

Virtual Anthropocene: The Age of Humans Curatorial & Co. Gallery

2019
Reawaken Craig’s Royal Hotel in collaboration with the Ballarat International Foto Bienanale, VIC
Untitled Metro Gallery, Melbourne
Others Dream Modern Times, Melbourne 
Things of Fire and Ash, Remembered Victoria Police Museum, Melbourne

2018
Coral Lands Saint Cloche Gallery, Sydney

2017
Plastic Fish Junior Space, Melbourne 

2015
Anja Red Gallery, Melbourne 

2013
Things of Fire and Ash Victoria Police Museum, Melbourne

2012
She Raw Edmund Pearce Gallery, Melbourne 

Selected Group Exhibitions
2022
Percival Photographic Portrait Prize,
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, QLD 

2021
Darlings Curatorial & Co. Gallery, Sydney
Naked & Nude Art Prize, Manning Regional Art Gallery, NSW 
Flora, Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens, City of Greater Dandenong, VIC
Art in the Plague Year UCR Arts, California Museum of Photography, USA
Ilford CCP Salon, CCP, Melbourne

2020
Between Today and Tomorrow online exhibition
Darlings Curatorial & Co. Gallery, Sydney
The Laneway Gallery in collaboration with Jane by the Grey Attic & Melbourne GPO
Women and Photography: Ways of Seeing and Being Seen OVADA Gallery, Photo Oxford Festival, UK
Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW
ICP Concerned: Global images for Global crisis
International Center of Photograph New York, USA
Talismans, Rafts, Mementos, Modern Times, Melbourne
Here With Me, Curatorial & Co. Gallery, Sydney
Du Rietz Art Award, Gympie Regional Gallery, QLD
Percival Portrait Priz, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville
Loud and Luminous, Contact Sheet Gallery, Sydney
These Days: Works in Isolation Virtual Exhibition

2019
Summer Group Exhibition
Metro Gallery, Melbourne
Ritual Practice, Modern Times, Melbourne
Rose Rouge Kaisu, Tokyo, Japan
Midyear Selection Exhibitio, Metro Gallery, Melbourne
Loud & Luminous, Head On Photo Festival
Contact Sheet Gallery, Sydney
Chapter One with Sam I Am, Pix on Location, Sydney
Winter Group Exhibitio, Metro Gallery, Melbourne
National Photographic Portrait Prize
National Portrait Gallery, NSW, touring Nationally
Sun Celebrates Her Sun Studios, Melbourne
Her Wild Dreaming
Schoolhouse Studios, Melbourne
Fifty Squared Art Prize
Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne

2018
PCP Collective Perth Centre for Photography
ILFORD CCP Salon, Contemporary Centre of Photography, Melbourne
Summer Group Exhibition Metro Gallery, Melbourne
The Luxury of Landscape, Pilazzo Pandolfini, Tuscany, Italy
The Last Line of Defenc, Besser Space, Melbourne
Candyland for CanTeen Art Auction NAB Graduate Fundraiser, Melbourne
Hyper 222 Roslyn Gallery, Melbourne
Contemporary Art Awards, Sydney
STILL National Still Life Award
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW

2017
Her Way 5 Rankins Lane Gallery, Melbourne

2016
BlümchenSex Palmengarten, Frankfurt, Germany
Phantom Paradise, Saint Cloche Gallery, Sydney

2015
Keeping Company: Saltwate, Manly Art Gallery, Sydney
Unreal Head On Photo Festiva, M2 Gallery, Sydney

2014
Head On Photo Festival, Sydney

2013
Art in Mind The Brick Lane Gallery, London

2013
Head On Photo Festival State Library of NSW