About Martine Perret

Martine Perret began her professional career in Sydney in 1999 working as a freelance photographer and desk editor at The Australian Financial Review. Her interest in photojournalism took her to Timor-Leste in 2003 where she developed a working relationship with the United Nations. For the next decade Martine covered UN peacekeeping missions in conflict zones such as Burundi, the Democratic Republic of The Congo, and most recently in South Sudan and West Africa (documenting the Ebola crisis response). Now living in Margaret River, Western Australia, Martine self-published her first book, a series of aerial views of the South West region titled Margaret River Region FROM ABOVE. This body of work was also exhibited at The Margaret River Gallery in July 2014. In July 2015, Martine initiated a new project flying over Western Australia’s Goldfields. This series of photographs is called Gungurrunga Ngawa (Look Above). These images were exhibited in October 2015 and are part of the broader body of work Ngala Wongga (Come Talk), a project documenting the speakers of the Goldfields, their connection to the land and the cultural significance of Australia’s endangered languages. Ngala Wongga was inaugurated at the Goldfields Arts Centre in Kalgoorlie on 20 September 2016. The exhibition is now touring with ART ON THE MOVE for 18 months in WA and interstate from June 2017. Recently Martine decided to travel beyond her new home and explore Western Australia’s other regions; Goldfields-Esperance, Gascoyne, Mid West and Kimberley to publish her second book “Beyond”.


Bachelor of Business Administration in International Relations - IEMI Paris 1992
IUT Techniques de Commercialisation - University Bordeaux 1- France 1990
Baccalaureat 1988 - Bordeaux- France


Solo Exhibition
2017: Ngala Wongga cultural significance of languages in the Goldfields– Carnarvon Gallery WA - ART ON THE MOVE
2017: Ngala Wongga cultural significance of languages in the Goldfields– TAFE Central Gallery - Perth
2016: Ngala Wongga cultural significance of languages in the Goldfields– inaugural on 30 September at Goldfields Arts Centre, Kalgoorlie - WA
2015: Gungurrunga Ngawa photo exhibition at the Margaret River Gallery
2014: FROM ABOVE exhibition at Margaret River Gallery
2012: UN HQ Timor-Leste Momentum photo exhibition - New York
2005: Exhibition on Burundi ONUB mission in New York United Nations HQ

Group Exhibition

2017: Margaret River Gallery – “ Art Of Nature” group show
2014: Douarnenez film festival exhibition – Group show on Timor-Leste-France
2014: Darwin Northern Contemporary Art exhibition PROOF on Transgender in Timor-Leste
2014: Group exhibition “Genesis” – Sydney part of Head On festival
2010: FotoFreo: Trans-Dili exhibition at Growing Pains, Perth
2009: Dalan Nabilan touring group Photo exhibition in Timor-Leste and New York United
Nations HQ
2008: FotoFreo: Projection on the DR Congo, Perth
2006: Group exhibition Viva Timor-Leste in Paris
2005: MSF group exhibition at French Cultural Center, Burundi

Awards and Grants
2017: Finalist Busselton Art Award
2017: Finalist Head On Portrait Prize – Sydney – Museum of Sydney
2016: Winner of Art on the Move Grant touring 2017-2018 for Ngala Wongga
2016: Winner City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Art Prize – Best photography in Show
2016: Finalist Doug Moran Contemporary Prize
2016: Semi-Finalist Doug Moran Contemporary Prize
2016: Finalist Best Feature Photographic Essay Ngala Wongga
2016 MEAA Western Australia Media Awards
2016: Grant recipient - Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) Creative Development
Program - 2016 funding program for Ngala Wongga Project
2015: Finalist Best Feature Photographic Essay “ Fighting the Invisible War “ for the 2015
Western Australia Media Awards.
2014: Finalist Iris Portraits Awards – Perth Center Photograph
2010: Finalist Head On Photo Portrait Prize, Sydney
2004: Finalist Head On Photo Portrait Prize, Sydney
2002: Runner-up Nikon Award for ACP Student of the Year, Sydney