Ballarat International Foto Ballarat Solo Exhibition 'Reawaken' opens 1st June


I’m very excited to invite you to the opening of my ‘Reawaken’ exhibition, opening at Craig’s Royal Hotel in collaboration with the 2019 Ballarat International Foto Biennale.

Please join me for the opening on Saturday the 1st of June from 2:30-5:30pm, I’ll also be giving an Artist talk at 3:30pm.

Craig’s Royal Hotel
10 Lydiard Street
South Ballarat

Please rsvp for catering by the 24th of May, to

Exhibition runs until Sunday the 10th of August. Open 7 days 10am-5pm. Free entry.


Australia's Emerging Photographer Award - Highly Commended

I’m very happy to announce that my series ‘Others Dream’ 2018 has been highly commended in Australia’s Top Emerging Photographers Award in the Art Category! 

I’m also very very excited to finally be exhibiting this series in Melbourne, Australia!

‘Others Dream’ opens at Modern Times on Thursday the 20th of June, pre sales begin on the 11th of June. 

To preview the works or to register for pre sales, please contact ❤️

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I’m very excited to be sharing two of my most recent series of photographic works from 2018 & 2019 in three upcoming exhibitions in June.

It has been such a wonderfully fulfilling as well as incredibly challenging process making these new works over the past 10 months, I have learnt so much about myself throughout.

I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without the extraordinary help of many many people, I have a lot to be grateful for and a lot of beautiful humans to thank for making this all possible.

A huge huge shout out to the very inspiring & always elegant @anekamanners for believing in me, having full trust & funding the entire making of and printing for the ‘Others Dream’ exhibition, this series wouldn’t have been made if it wasn’t for you. I am forever grateful. To the beautiful & graceful @theanightingale for your hard work & dedication, I so enjoy making art with you, always.To the sweet & other-worldly @nfornelle thank you for working so so hard out there & for so much of your time, I am so lucky to have you with me throughout this journey. To beautiful mates @ursula_woods_ and @jethropickett for taking care of us and so generously offering a place to stay, getting up at 6am to take us out on the water and for cooking meals for us when we were too tired to move, thank you, I love you guys heaps. To @moderntimesau @ballaratfoto and @metro_gallery for supporting my work and being so kind to me, it is truly a dream come true to be working with you. To Tim & Ness at @thirdsfineartprinting for your priceless hard work and attention to detail, I wouldn’t be here without you guys, what a blessing you are. Finally, to my tireless and most supportive partner in crime @jacobxc for encouraging me to keep going, feeding me 3 x meals a day, attending to my deadlines at 11pm at night, and for picking up after the tears when I’m tired & feel like giving up. I love you like no other.

I am so incredibly happy & relieved & excited to finally be sharing it with all of YOU this June.

Save the following dates ~

* Solo Exhibition at @craigsroyalhotel in collaboration with @ballaratfoto Opening Saturday 1st June 2:30-5:30pm, Artist talk at 3:30pm. Open until the 18th of August.

* Winter Group Exhibition at @metro_gallery Opening Night Thursday 6th June 6:30-8:30pm. Open until the 22nd of June.

* Solo Exhibition ‘Others Dream’ at @moderntimesau Opening Thursday Night 20th of June 6-8pm. Open until the 30th of June.

I hope to see you there xxx

Close-up detail from ‘Underworld’ from the series ‘Body of Water’ 2019
Archival pigment print on fibre rag 
90 x 135cm
Edition of 8 + 1 AP


Solo Exhibition 'Others Dream' opening at Modern Times

Please save the date!! After joining the wonderful family at Modern Times last year, I am so incredibly excited to announce my upcoming solo exhibition ‘Others Dream’, officially opening on Thursday the 20th of June at Modern Times in Fitzroy, 6-8pm.

This series was photographed in Western Australia for an exhibition which opened in Florence, Italy late last year, so it brings me much joy to bring it to Melbourne and have the wonderful opportunity to exhibit it again. 

Pre-sales begin on the 11th of June. To preview the works or to register for pre-sales, please contact This exhibition will run until the 30th of June.

Close-up detail of ‘Sanctuary’ from ‘Others Dream’
Archival pigment print on fibre rag
162 x 108cm
Edition of 8 + 2 AP



My heart is so full! A huge huge thank you to everyone who came to my exhibition opening at Metro Gallery last night. Your support means the absolute world to me.

Extra special thanks to the wonderful people at Metro - Rebecca, Camille, Sophia & Juliuus, for their amazing hard work putting this show together, and congratulations to @kimkimkimxx for her incredible work.

This show will run until the 9th of March.

Gallery hours: 
Tue - Fri 9:30 - 5:30pm 
Saturday 10:30 - 5pm
1214 High St, Armadale VIC 

For print sales, please contact

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

So very very proud to be a National Portrait Prize Finalist for 2019!

As the World Falls Down #2

Once a year I go up to Billinudgel in NSW to see my therapist. She believes that good therapy is based on a relationship - not like the one in psychology where you sit across someone on a chair but one where you go for walks and swims together and the relationship has space.

Recently, I stayed in a cabin on her property and photographed a series of works of her daughter Maya and her boyfriend at a place called Protestor’s Falls. You walk through rain forest with huge trees to a pool and a long stark fall of water.

I wanted to communicate something about youth, beginnings and freedom, that time between late adolescence and adulthood that is filled with possibility but some anxiety too.

‘As the World Falls Down’ is a David Bowie song from the film ‘The Labyrinth.’ There was something about Maya’s physical presence and the feeling of that day that recalled Bowie for me.


The Design Files - Things of Fire & Ash, Remembered

Thank you so much to The Design Files for featuring the ‘Things of Fire & Ash, Remembered’ exhibition, which opens tomorrow at the Victoria Police Museum as part of the 10th anniversary of the Black Saturday Bushfires.

Remembering Black Saturday Through Portraits

6th February, 2019

A decade on, reflecting on the courage and resilience of Black Saturday fire survivors with photographer Lilli Waters.

While Tasmania currently burns, and Queensland suffers fatal floods, we are also coming up to the 10-year anniversary of Victoria’s devastating Black Saturday fires.

Photographer Lilli Waters explores the courage and resilience of those affected by the fires in an exhibition at the Victorian Police Museum. Things of Fire and Ash: Remembered traces the lives of six young people from the Kinglake area and reflects ‘individuals’ stories and journeys. ‘We asked our participants to write about what the 10-year anniversary means to them,’ explains curator Amber Evangelista.

Lilli was lucky not to be directly affected by Black Saturday, but the horrendous climate event resonated strongly with her. She explains, ‘it has been an extraordinary experience for me to be invited back to photograph portraits of these kids five years later, now as young adults, seeing them grown and matured, and rebuilding their lives after such a loss’. The exhibition also features four Victoria Police officers whose bravery and spirit provided extraordinary support and care to those in need.

Lilli highlights, ‘I feel extremely privileged to have been a small part of such an important event in our history as the 10-year anniversary of the Black Saturday bushfires.’

Things Of Fire And Ash: Remembered by Lilli Waters
Opening Thursday, February 7th
Victoria Police Museum 
637 Flinders Street 
Docklands, Victoria


'Things of Fire & Ash, Remembered' Exhibition, Victorian Police Museum

I am extremely honoured to have been chosen to photograph the works for ‘Things of Fire and Ash, Remembered’ exhibition, opening at the Victorian Police Museum next week.

February 2019 is the 10th anniversary of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires, one of the worst natural disasters in the state’s history.

As part of the state-wide commemoration the Victoria Police Museum is holding an exhibition throughout 2019. 'Things of Fire and Ash, Remembered', opens 7th of February, and pays tribute to the personal journeys and reflections of community members and police officers involved in the fires of 2009.

OPENING SOON. For more information visit the website


MODERN TIMES 'My Heirloom' Lilli Waters

MODERN TIMES - My Heirloom: Lilli Waters

“In celebration of The New Heirlooms, our Christmas campaign which celebrates the notion of giving and receiving treasured gifts, we take a moment to chat with artist, Lilli Waters, about an item she treasures and how it came into her life.

Melbourne-based Lilli Waters comes from a family line of women artists. Her mother is a well-regarded botanical artist, and her grandmother was a photojournalist during the Vietnam War and a former Australian of the Year. With such a profound artistic upbringing it’s no surprise Lilli holds dear a special brooch, inherited from her late Grandmother.”

Can you please tell us about something special you treasure, perhaps it was handed down to you or you would like to see it passed on?

This brooch belonged to my late Grandmother, Elaine Joyce Moir. She was an extraordinary woman, an activist, a photo journalist in the war, a former Australian of the Year, and my rock & inspiration as a child growing up. She wasn’t big on jewellery, she only wore brooches and had a very small collection of pieces which she loved dearly. She would wear it with a soft cream high neck blouse in the 80s and with a black suit in her later years.

It makes me emotional just picturing her, she had this amazing belly chuckle which still brings such a huge smile to my face. It was handed down to me along with some of her other possessions. As a little girl, I would sit & go through her jewellery & lipstick boxes, and I remember thinking that this brooch in particular as being so fancy and grown up. She also left me her art deco jewellery box & hand mirror, which sit on my bedside table. I treasure them very very much.

I’m not exactly sure which year the brooch is from, but we suspect it’s from either the Victorian period or early 1900s, and that the face carved out of shell is that of Goddess Diana. Diana was the goddess of the hunt, the moon, and nature in Roman mythology, associated with wild animals and woodland, and having the power to talk to and control animals. The crescent moon in her hair, worn as a diadem, is a major clue that it is indeed the goddess. We also suspect that the brooch was a gift to my Grandmother, given to her by my late second cousin before he died.

It is extraordinarily beautiful & very special, as Elaine was to me. I intended on wearing it on my wedding day, but sadly couldn’t see it at the bottom of the jewellery box on the particular day!



Hi everybody!

I’m super excited to be showing work at the Metro Gallery ‘Summer Collection’ Group Exhibition, which opens next Thursday the 29th at 6:30pm!

Featured Artists:
Tom Adair
Joshua Cocking
Donovan Christie
Dianne Gall
Tom Gerrard
Kim Hyunji
Anthony Lister
Brock Q Piper
Matthew Quick
James Reka
Loribelle Spirovski
Jim Thalassoudis
Lilli Waters

Please join us for drinks at Metro Gallery, 6:30-8:30pm, 1214 High St Armadale.

Hope to see you there 🙂

Lilli x


I am unbelievably honoured to be selected as a Finalist in the National Photographic Portrait Prize for 2019.

40 Finalists from 3113 entries were announced for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019.

The selected portraits will be on display at the Portrait Gallery in Canberra from 23 February – 7 April 2019.

The winner of the NPPP 2019 will be announced at the launch of the exhibition on 22 February.

After the exhibition, the NPPP 2019 will be touring around Australia. If you’d like to see the exhibition at a venue near you, please ask your local gallery.



I am super excited to have works selected to be a part of the Modern Times Summer Series!

Celebrate art with the Summer Series, a fresh collection of inspirational pieces by our emerging and accomplished artists from across Australia. We have new release Modern Times Editions complemented by a suite of new originals across various mediums and styles by Modern Times favourites Stacey ReesEmma LipscombeEllie MalinKate DambachKayleigh HeydonRia GreenIrene Grishin SelzerElizabeth Barnett with new artists Taj Alexander (Deams) and Lilli Waters. Refresh, collect, or begin dropping hints to the right person leading into the festive season, with lay-by options available. Shop the full series below now!

See artworks here - Modern Times - Summer Series

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I'm very excited to come in at no. 18 out of 20 finalists for the Portrait category in the Australian Photography Awards for 2018, with my image 'From Where We Came' 2018.

A huge congratulations to the winner, Lisa Saad for her portrait 'Cooper' from her series 'Project 11'.

You can view all of the finalists here -…/2018-port…/



Capture Magazine - Sep/Oct 2018 issue


Waters finds some element of failure in all her images. There's things that haven't resulted in her initial vision, but she sees this as a natural component of her creative process. "I often look back at old work and think, 'Wow' so average', but it's all a learning experience, and you can't grow and improve if you don't experiment and take big risks in your work," she says. She resists having a 'go to' that she knows will work as it wouldn't bring challenges, and she'd get bored and not grow creatively. Despite her ability to look and grow from her failures, Waters has days when she feels as if she should quit and that everything she makes is 'shit'. Still, she pushes on and takes opportunities to create new images. There's an incessant drive to create inside Waters. This allows her to reach above and beyond failure.



I am extremely excited to be exhibiting new works at 'The Luxury of Landscape' multi-disciplinary group exhibition at the Pilazzo Pandolfini in Florence, Italy this October.

A private palazzo in the heart of Florence will host an exclusive exhibition of especially commissioned works by Australian artists, including Doctor Cooper, Claudio and Aneka Manners, across fashion, fine jewellery, light, sound, sculpture and the visual arts, curated together with rare Florentine wine and food experiences.

The only palace in Florence designed by Raphael, 15th century Palazzo Pandolfini is a historically significant palace hidden in the centre of Florence and incorporating luxurious reception rooms overlooking a stunning secret garden. Owned by the same family over 500 years later, the Palazzo has retained ts original form together with a garden that cultivated several botanical rarities and been awarded prizes by the Società Botanica dell’orticultura [Botanical Society of Horticulture]. 

The exhibition opens on the 4th of October and runs until the 18th. 

If you happen to be in Florence, come and say ciao x 

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