FOCUS 2013: Open2view’s latest International Conference

The 2013 Open2view International Conference was held in Melbourne last Friday and Saturday. An every-two-year-event, we always look forward to the chance to exchange ideas and techniques with our friends across the Tasman.

Over 150 photographers packed into the Rydges Hotel to hear from a range of experts in their fields, including Photoshop and Lightroom expert David Harradine, real estate sales guru Claudio Encina, Brad Tonini – aka ‘The Sales Strategist’ – and Scott Hargis – one of the very best real estate photographers in the world.

After two days at the learning tree, and one fantastic awards evening, we’re all now back at work and putting to good use what we’ve learned.

Every year we give out awards to the very best performers, and this year’s lot have much to be proud of. To single out one milestone in particular, this year Bev Snyders became the first Open2viewer to photograph 10,000 properties. Bev’s area, North Shore/Rodney, had just over 106,000 dwellings as at the 2006 Census – and she has photographed what amounts to one in ten of them. Amazing stuff!

Other award winners include:

5000 Properties Photographed

Phil Armitage (NZ)

Rob Arlow (NZ)


10,000 Properties(!!!) Photographed

Bev Snyders (NZ)


Most Improved Photographer

New Zealand: John Gin

Victoria: Annette Jolley

New South Wales: Lex Paterson

Queensland: Edith Veilleux

Western Australia: Padraig Halpin

South Australia: Steve Lindqvist


Photographer of the Year

NZ: Jason Tregurtha

VIC: Simon and Heather Wittingslow

NSW: Dave Tozer

QLD: Adrienne Dufficy

WA: Frank Biundo

SA: Charles Lynch


Rookie of the Year

NZ: Chris Botha

VIC: Jonas Haag

NSW: Tina Berg


Area of the Year

NZ: Taranaki

VIC: Geelong, Otway and Melbourne South West

NSW: Illawarra, South Coast

QLD: Brisbane South

WA: Perth North

SA: Southern Adelaide


Area Franchisee of the Year

NZ: Nathan Sanders

VIC: Craig and Karen Purcell

NSW: Alan Cottee

SA: Don McKenzie


Most Improved Area of the Year

NZ: Auckland Central

VIC: Tasmania

QLD: Gold Coast

WA: Perth North

SA: Northern Adelaide


Signboard Franchisee of the Year

NZ: Liz Evans

VIC: Guy Le Page and Neville Wright


Most Valuable Person

NZ: Alta van Blerk and Kym Raubenheimer

NSW: Les Herbert

QLD: Lisa MacKenzie

WA: Samantha Vallet

SA: Steve Lindqvist

VIC: Dave Temple

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Bev Synders receives her pin for 10,000 properties photographed – the first person to reach this milestone – from Kym Raubenheimer. 


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Rookie of the Year winners flanked by Ken Greeff and Open2view founder and Managing Director Chris Bates: Tina Berg, Chris Botha and Jonas Haag.


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Area Franchisee of the Year winners with Brian Childs (far left) and Ken Greeff: Don McKenzie, Karen Purcell, Craig Purcell and Alan Cottee.


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Australia’s Signboard of the Year winners with Ken Greeff: Neville Wright and Guy Le Page.


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Most Improved Photographer award winners with Chris Bates and State Franchisees Ken and Elana Greff, Sue Dilena and John Peacock: Lex Paterson, Annette Jolley, Steve Lindqvist, Padraig Halpin and John Gin.


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Photographer of the Year award winners with Scott Hargis: Frank Biundo, Charles Lynch, Dave Tozer, Heather Whittingslow, Simon Whittingslow and Adrienne Dufficy.


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Area of the Year winners with Chris Bates, Ken Greeff, Sue Dilena and John Peacock: Don McKenzie, Chris Wright, Neville Wright, Josie Suarez, Michelle Hofmans, Becky Allen-Riddick, Deane Riddick, Peter Evans, Lisa MacKenzie and John Wilton.

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