Melissa Anderson attended Moreton Bay College from 1983 at Bay Terrace, graduating from Wondall Road in 1991. She was an active member of the College community, participating in various sports, debating, and was also a member of Wondall Graphics, the College’s first student-run art company.
Upon graduating, she studied photography at Griffith University, and went on to be one of the youngest to be awarded Master of Photography through the AIPP. She has achieved multiple state and national awards and honours in her chosen field of photography as well as for her success in business, and her photographs have been exhibited and published nationally and internationally. In 2007, Capture Magazine named her one of the top ten photographers in Australia. She has won the 1999 AIPP QLD Illustrative Photographer of the Year, 2001 AIP QLD Commercial Photographer of the Year and 2001 Australian Advertising Photographer of the Year. She was an awardee in the 2011 Commonwealth Bank RCC Woman in Business awards, and the 2010 and 2011 Commonwealth Business RCC Achievement Awards.
Ms Anderson has also used her skills in a voluntary capacity, whether by photographing subjects for community projects including the 2015 War Memorial’s World War II veteran project and the Contemporary Australian Family project in 2010, or by volunteering her skills in Guatemala to assist disadvantaged youth. She is a highly sought international and national photographic judge, is a trainer, mentor and licentiate of the AIPP and is currently the Chairman of Jurors for the Queensland Professional Photography awards. She has also volunteered her time to develop and implement a nationalized accreditation system for Australian photographers, and has worked as an industry specialist with the government in developing training qualifications. She regularly volunteers her time by lecturing to artists, businesses, documentary projects, education and working with youth.
This year, Ms Anderson was a finalist in the Australia Day awards. She has consistently shown commitment and talent in her fields of photography and business, as well as providing exemplary examples of community service. Ms Anderson exemplifies the values of a Moreton Bay College Old Girl and is considered to be an exceptional role model for this year’s seed, The Visual and Performing Arts.
Melissa was awarded the Moreton Bay College Medal in 2016.