Welcome to ‘Insider’ the first issue of the ARGUS for 2016.
This year’s editorial collective present a fresh issue showcasing work from some of the most exciting emerging visual journalists around the globe.
In this issue we feature stories from Cambodia, a country that is fighting to recover and grow. These stories, told during an in-field documentary study trip by QCA and Griffith University students are meant to raise awareness locally and globally in order to promote change.
“Insider” expresses the changing face of Cambodia. It is a country that is still recovering from the oppressive Khmer Rouge regime and genocide in the 1970’s.
We are present the story of APOPO, an NGO focused on training special rats to smell and identify deadly landmines and UXOs. Gem miners introduce the stories of those who dig through the red dirt of Ratanakiri to find precious stones. Lastly, a critical eye is cast on Australian tourists, as they raucously celebrate Australia Day in Siem Reap’s Pub Street and adjoining streets.
The E-zine includes multimedia stories as well. Filipino-Australian teenager Jem Gariando performs his story about gaining confidence to be himself through dance and art. Taila Campbell tells the personal story of her mother’s battle with addiction and tragic murder, confronting the mainstrem media’s dehumanising stigmatisation of women who live outside the norm. Also included are a group street photography project that casts a critical eye on the Gold Coast and single images from QCA’s emerging visual storytellers.
I would like to thank the editorial team for their creativity, teamwork and enthusiasm in making this publication possible. On behalf of the editorial staff I would also like to thank our executive editor, Heather Faulkner and assistant executive editor Isaac Brown, for their guidance, patience and expertise. Your ongoing support continuously encourages us to strive for the best.