Danika Cottrell is a photographer, artist and teacher. She has a Bachelor of Photography from the Queensland College of Art (Griffith University), where she graduated with honors, and was the recipient of the Silver Image Award for the most outstanding image displaying excellence in skill and craftsmanship.
Danika has a foundation in traditional film photography (starting at the tender age of 10) and has spent numerous pleasurable hours whiling away her time in a darkroom .
She currently works predominantly with digital photography and Photoshop/Lightroom, however, keeps her traditional techniques alive through the use of the vintage cyanotype process.
She has a particular interest in exploring the potential of light and long exposures, and her work touches on feminist, environmental/naturalistic and social themes. She has experience in various photography disciplines from commercial ( product, fashion, portrait) to travel, landscape, social documentary, and her passion: fine art photography.
Danika works as a Photography and digital imaging teacher at TAFE NSW.
A founding member and director of The Byron art project which runs creative workshops for adults and children, she is also part of a local Northern Rivers artisan collective "Made in Mullum" where she sells her original images and designs.
Danika has been shortlisted twice in the Australian Photography awards and was awarded second prize in photography at the Ocean shores art expo 2017. Her most recent exhibition was a group show "Enter the Bower" a fundraiser for Beyond blue 2019.