STORM BREWING OVER AUSTRALIAN TOURISM HIRING POMMIE PHOTOGRAPHER
Australian commercial photographers are sure to be outraged when they hear about a decision to award the plum photography contract for Tourism Australia to UK photographer Pete Seaward, snubbing a whole raft of world class Australian contenders including Grenville Turner, Paul Torcello, Murray Fredericks and Greg Bartley - according to a concerned photographer who contacted CB this morning. apparently the $250k deal, brokered by new Tourism Australia agency M&C Saatchi, Sydney, continues a relationship with Seaward, who worked on the "100% Pure New Zealand" campaign for NZ Tourism, which M&C Saatchi controversially dumped in favour of Australian Tourism late last year. Rubbing more salt into the wound, it appears all print work will be produced by New Zealand's The Department of Doing. No doubt this will become a mini scandal when the mainstream media picks up on the issue, especially as Australia Day is tomorrow!