Dasha’s love for Italian Renaissance and Dutch Golden Age painting inspires her choice of composition, colours and post production treatment, blurring the boundaries between photography and painting.


Her images reflect internal worlds rooted in the magic of childhood, and personal dreams and visions, with narratives touching on themes of European heritage, solitude, the otherworldly, and awareness of our connection to spirit.


Dasha was awarded Australian Photography Magazine’s Portrait Photographer of the Year 2015, and was featured on the cover of the magazine’s February 2016 edition.

Her images have been widely exhibited, including the Renaissance Photography Prize 2015 Finalist Exhibition, Getty Images Gallery, London. She was also one of the winners of the 2016 Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) National Photography Prize, and three of her works were acquired into the MAMA museum permanent collection.

Dasha is represented by Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane. She lives and works on the Sunshine Coast.




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Awards and Prizes - Highlights

2017 Clayton Utz Art Award. People’s Choice Award.

2016 Queensland Regional Art Awards. Selected for Touring Exhibition.

2016 Bowness Photography Prize. People’s Choice Award.

2016 Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2016. Finalist.

2016 Lethbridge 10 000 Small Scale Art Award. Highly Commended.

2016 MAMA Art Foundation National Photography Prize. Winner. Three works were acquired by the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) Collection.

2016  39th Alice Prize. Highly Commended.

2016  Sony World Photography Awards. Second place National Awards (Australia).

2015  Australian Photography Magazine Photographer of the Year Competition. Winner.

2015  Cliftons Art Prize. State Winner.

2015  Renaissance Photography Prize. Finalist single image category.

2015  Prix de la Photographie, Paris (PX3). Fine Art Portraiture Children – Silver.



Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), Albury. Three works.

Cliftons, Brisbane.


Website: www.dashariley.com