Chris Shain


Chris is one of Australia’s leading commercial photographers with over 35 years of industry experience. Through professionally crafted images he brings stories to life. No matter who or what the photography subject, Chris’s ability to closely collaborate and also have fun whilst working produces results clients are very proud of. His experience is vast and he has worked with a wide range of people, from Prime Ministers, CEO’s and construction workers right through to the marginalised in society. Chris has a highly regarded and demonstrable record with major infrastructure, construction and architectural projects. He is a respected tertiary lecturer and media commentator on significant photography industry issues and is a regular guest speaker at Australian photographic and imaging conferences and International photography congresses. Chris was a director of the Australian Copyright Council for 8 years until 2014 and was a key member of a photo industry team which successfully made amendments to the Copyright Act in 1998. Chris also continues to work with Government lobbying on Copyright and other legislative issues on behalf of the professional photography industry.

He is an Accredited and Life Member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography and a Professional member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). He has work in 2 ACMP collections, is an associate of the AIPP, has been a finalist in several Head On exhibitions and has work collected by several corporate and cultural institutions.

But above all, he’s passionate about making pictures.


This session will be very important for newcomers to the photo industry, students/assistants/new members that need some ideas about the basics of managing copyright and image licensing for photographers – the session will cover the principles and law around Copyright for all photographers. There will be a short Q+A in the session - the second group gathering Copyright Q&A will have plenty more discussion time, so be sure to stop.


This session assumes attendees have a good knowledge of the principles and application of the way copyright and licensing work for photographers in Australia - if you’re not experienced with Copyright we urge you to attend the workshop COPYRIGHT 101 first. Chris will discuss a couple of recent court cases involving photographers and will go into some practical ideas for licensing and managing your creative output.