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Lilli Waters is an award-winning photographer, who divides her time between fine art and commercial projects. 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 images have appeared in publications around the globe – 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). She has shot for a range of commercial clients, including Uniqlo, Mimco, Anna Sui, HarperCollins, Frank Green, UMENCO, Good Time Pilates, Farfetch, Deadly Ponies and Victorian Police Museum.

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 (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 Summer Love for Stephanie Cherote (2020), The Driver for Jacob Cole (2019), and Utero – Other’s Dream (2018).

Lilli lives in Melbourne, Australia.
Selected clients



Frank Green

Anna Sui

Good Times Pilates




Deadly Ponies

Victorian Police Museum

2021 Finalist Iris Award, Perth Centre for Photography

2021 Winner Du Rietz Art Award

2021 Selected as 200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide 2021/2022, Lurzer’s Archive

2021 Finalist Naked & Nude Art Prize

2021 Finalist x 2 Du Rietz Art Awards 

2021 Finalist Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize

2021 Finalist Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Art

2020 Finalist x 3 Australian Photography Awards

2020 Honourable Mention International Photography Awards

2020 Finalist Photo Oxford Festival

2020 Finalist Fisher’s Ghost Art Award

2020 Finalist Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize

2020 Highly Commended The Mono Awards 

2020 Finalist Du Rietz Art Awards

2020 Finalist Percival Photographic Portrait Prize

2020 Finalist Biennal Adelaide Park Lands Art Prize

2019 Honourable mention Budapest International Photo Awards

2019 Finalist Australian Photography Awards

2019 Finalist Now Contemporary Art Prize

2019 Finalist Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize

2019 Finalist Iris Awards, PCP

2019 Commended The Mono Awards

2019 Finalist Incinerator Art Award

2019 Highly Commended Australasia’s Top Emerging Photographers Awards

2019 Finalist National Photographic Portrait Prize

2018 Finalist Australian Photography Awards

2018 Finalist Art Aesthetica Art Award

2017 Finalist Contemporary Art Awards

2017 Finalist National Still Life Award

2017 Finalist Click 17, Brunswick St Gallery

2017 Semi-Finalist Head On Portrait Prize

2015 Semi-Finalist Head On Portrait Prize

2013 Finalist Head On Portrait Prize

2013 Highly Commended Qantas Soya  Award

2012 Highly Commended, Doug Moran National Contemporary Photographic Prize

2012 Semi-Finalist x 2, Doug Moran National Contemporary Photographic Prize

2012 Highly Commended Qantas Soya Award

2011 Winner Focus Project People’s Choice

In Print Publications
2021 Pétala Magazine 

2021 Normal Magazine, France

2021 Real Living Magazine, Australia

2021 JANE by the Grey Attic ~ issue 9 ‘The Blue Nights’, Australia

2021 ‘Mass Isolation Australia’ publication
Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Australia 

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

2020 Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, Australia

2019 Austrian Living Magazine, Austria

2019 The Opera Magazine Vol. VIII, Germany

2019 Vogue Living Magazine, Australia

2018 Noblesse China Magazine, China 

2018 Photo Essay ‘Nature and Human Beings’ Future Now, 100 Contemporary Artists, USA

2018 Real Living Magazine, Australia

2017 The Opera Magazine Vol. VI, Germany

2017 The Age, Sunday Life, Australia

2016 Australian House & Garden Magazine, Australia

2016 Art Aesthetica Magazine, UK

2015 Elle Magazine, Australia

2015 The Opera Magazine Vol. III, Germany

2014 Fine Line Magazine, USA

2013 The Modern and Contemporary Art, France 

Online Publications
2021 Lobster Magazine

2021 Schön! Magazine

2021 Lenscratch 

2021 Contemporary Art Collectors 

2021 Beware Magazine

2020 Vogue Living

2020 The Design Files

2020 Hunter & Folk

2019 Art Thy Neighbour 

2019 Modern Times Journal

2019 The Age

2019 The Design Files

2018 Feature Shoot

2018 Vogue Living 

2016 Juxtapoz, USA

2015 Art Aesthetica

2014 iGNANT, Germany

2014 This is Paper, Poland

2014 GUP 

2014 Clik Clik, France

2012 Empty Kingdom, USA

Solo Exhibitions
2022 Orpheus: Opening 2nd - 26th February
Metro Gallery, Melbourne

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

2020 Virtual Anthropocene: The Age of Humans Curatorial & Co. Gallery

2019 Reawaken Craig’s Royal Hotel in collaboration with the Ballarat International Foto Bienanale, VIC

2019 Untitled Metro Gallery, Melbourne

2019 Others Dream Modern Times, Melbourne 

2019 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
2021 Darlings Curatorial & Co. Gallery, Sydney

2021 Naked & Nude Art Prize, Manning Regional Art Gallery, NSW 

2021 Flora, Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens, City of Greater Dandenong, VIC

2021 Art in the Plague Year UCR Arts, California Museum of Photography, USA

2021 Ilford CCP Salon, CCP, Melbourne

2020 Between Today and Tomorrow
online exhibition 

2020 Darlings Curatorial & Co. Gallery, Sydney

2020 The Laneway Gallery in collaboration with Jane by the Grey Attic & Melbourne GPO

2020 Women and Photography: Ways of Seeing and Being Seen OVADA Gallery,
Photo Oxford Festival, UK

2020 Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW

2020 ICP Concerned: Global images for Global crisis
International Center of Photography
New York, USA

2020 Talismans, Rafts, Mementos
Modern Times, Melbourne

2020 Here With Me
Curatorial & Co. Gallery, Sydney

2020 Du Rietz Art Awards
Gympie Regional Gallery, QLD

2020 Percival Portrait Prize
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville

2020 Loud and Luminous
Contact Sheet Gallery, Sydney

2020 These Days: Works in Isolation
Virtual Exhibition

2019 Summer Group Exhibition
Metro Gallery, Melbourne

2019 Ritual Practice
Modern Times, Melbourne

2019 Rose Rouge Kaisu
Tokyo, Japan

2019 Midyear Selection Exhibition
Metro Gallery, Melbourne

2019 Loud & Luminous
Head On Photo Festival
Contact Sheet Gallery, Sydney

2019 Chapter One with Sam I Am
Pix on Location, Sydney

2019 Winter Group Exhibition
Metro Gallery, Melbourne

2019 National Photographic Portrait Prize
National Portrait Gallery, NSW, touring Nationally

2019 Sun Celebrates Her Sun Studios, Melbourne

2019 Her Wild Dreaming
Schoolhouse Studios, Melbourne

2019 Fifty Squared Art Prize
Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne

2018 PCP Collective Perth Centre for Photography

2018 ILFORD CCP Salon
Contemporary Centre of Photography, Melbourne

2018 Summer Group Exhibition Metro Gallery, Melbourne

2018 The Luxury of Landscape
Pilazzo Pandolfini, Tuscany, Italy

2018 The Last Line of Defence
Besser Space, Melbourne

2018 Candyland for CanTeen Art Auction
NAB Graduate Fundraiser, Melbourne

2018 Hyper 222 Roslyn Gallery, Melbourne

2018 Contemporary Art Awards, Sydney

2017 STILL National Still Life Award
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW

2017 Her Way 5 Rankins Lane Gallery, Melbourne

2016 BlümchenSex Palmengarten
Frankfurt, Germany

2016 Phantom Paradise
Saint Cloche Gallery, Sydney

2015 Keeping Company: Saltwater
Manly Art Gallery, Sydney

2015 Unreal Head On Photo Festival
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