The Judges:

2021 Fleet Base West (FBW) Photo Competition

There are two components to the Judging for the 2021 competition:

  1. 1Pre-Judging: from the images uploaded up to 60 (20 from each theme) will be chosen from the pool to be printed to A3 for display at the Gary Holland Centre from 22 November, 2021.

  2. 2Final Judging: the printed images will be judged at the Gary Holland Centre on the 22 November, 2021 prior to the awards night. 

Judges for the Pre-Judging include:

Kingsley Klau - AIPP Accredited Professional Photographer

LSIS Richard Cordell from the Navy Imaging Unit - FBW, and Duncan Dodd - Honorary Member of Rockingham Photography Club.

Judges for the Print-Judging include:

CAPT Gary Lawton - Commanding Officer, HMAS Stirling 

CPOIS Damian Pawlengo, Officer in Charge - Navy Imagery Unit-West, and Mayor Barry Sammels,  Mayor - City of Rockingham 

Duncan Dodd - Honorary Member - Rockingham Photography Club:

I moved to the Rockingham area 53 years ago when I was employed at the Kwinana Nickel refinery as their Maintenance Department Mechanical Draughtsman & Photographer. I had always been interested in photography from around the age of 12 when I was given a Kodak Box Brownie camera & developing kit.

At weekends I started working part time photographing weddings for a local business which culminated eventually in me working for them full time.  It was the early seventies and the business included retail, a photographic studio and a commercial photographic lab for processing our own work.  It was during a period of time when we had to make the change from Black & White to colour photographs.

As we were the areas industrial photographers, I was involved taking many photographs of the Stirling Garden Island Naval base being constructed and I took the photograph of the last girder being placed on the causeway bridge to close “The Gap’.

In the late seventies I was offered a position in the photographic wholesaling business and ended up working in this facet of the industry in Western Australia & Victoria until my retirement in 2013.

I was a manager for Nikon for over twenty-five years and specialised on the technical side of the business dealing with Professional Photographers, Newspapers and Government departments.  As a keen diver I looked after many aspects of the Nikonos underwater camera division and conducted the Nikon School of Underwater photography and I was a Scuba Schools International Underwater Photography Instructor.

As a Certified Photographic Consultant with the Photographic Marketing association I was involved in many sponsored events, competitions & exhibitions and have judged competitions such as The Age - Nikon, The West Australian Press Photographer of the Year, The Royal Show, The Mandurah Portrait & Landscape Prize, Club competitions and many others.

I have had an active involvement in the Photo industry since my retirement and I was on the committee and deputy steward for the 2019 Fremantle International Portrait Prize competition which over the five competitions raised more than $100,000 for charities.

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Duncan Dodd

Kingsley Klau -

AIPP Accredited Professional Photographer

Founder-Vice President of the Rockingham Photography Club.

Professional for the past 20 years, Kingsley’s interest began as a child, but his passion finally grew into a business under the name ‘PhotoCoffee’ in early 2006 when both a dedicated Coffee Lounge and Professional Photography outlet were seen as an opportunity in the sea-side suburb of Rockingham.  The Coffee Lounge closed in December 2016 - and now works from home.

Apart from shooting Weddings, Natural Portraiture, and Corporate photography, Kingsley enjoys teaching. His tuition began at his coffee lounge - PhotoCoffee, but has broadened to Shoot Courses in Perth and many other organisations.  He also conducts many 1-on-1’s for those wishing to improved their skills at their level.

Kingsley has been contracted for the past 13 years photographing for the City of Rockingham - giving him the opportunity to become strongly involved in the local community.  Many of his images are published in local flyers, periodicals and used to demonstrate visually aspects of the City.

One of his most honored shoots was for a collaboration with the AIPP, photographing 62 individual portraits for WWII Veterans, the images now part of collection in the Canberra War Memorial and archived in the National Library.

In 2006, Kingsley created now one of the largest camera clubs in Western Australia - the

Rockingham Photography Club with over 100 members. This involvement led him to the WAPF (Western Australian Photographic Federation) and was President from 2009-2011, and again from 2016 to 2018.

The WAPF and their affiliated clubs saw over a 100% growth in WA Club Memberships during his time as President.

Kingsley has also been a sort-after Judge and adds the Perth Royal Show as one of his many judging commitments, many of these given free if his time.

Kingsley also leads a bi-annual photo tour to Cocos-Keeling and Christmas Island, along with a support lead into France.

His dog ‘Nikon’, and dingo-cross, can be seen with him at most photographic shoots!

Kingsley Klau

Damian Pawlenko -

Chief Petty Officer Imagery Specialist (CPOIS)

Officer in Charge - Navy Imagery Unit-West

Chief Petty Officer Imagery Specialist (CPOIS) Damian Pawlenko joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in 1993 as a Boatswains Mate and upon completion of basic seamanship training joined Destroyer Escort HMAS Derwent until it decommissioned in August 1994. From Derwent, he then posted to HMAS Torrens until July 1996 when he then got accepted into the Basic Photography Course at RAAF Base East Sale in Victoria. After nine months of intensive training he graduated in April 1997 and posted to the Navy Photographic Unit at Garden Island Naval Base in Sydney where he worked from for seven years.

Throughout his career, he has experience in a wide range of Navy and ADF operations through various sea and shore posting and operational roles. Highlights have included deployments to the Middle East and Southern Ocean and being part of HMAS Anzac’s six-month Northern Trident Deployment in 2005 where he got to visit a wide range of countries and experience multiple milestone anniversaries.

He has been involved in numerous operational deployments including two tours of Afghanistan and East Timor and Operation Pakistan Assist II in 2010. While based at Tarin Kot in Afghanistan he had the opportunity to walk the front line on numerous occasions with Australian soldiers and experience the hardships endured by these men in both stressful and demanding circumstances.

In 2013 he had the privilege of leading the photographic team in Sydney of up to 14 members for the Royal Australian Navy International Fleet Review celebrating the 100th anniversary of the entry of the first RAN fleet in Sydney Harbour which was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Since joining as a Navy Photographer, he has been posted around the country on numerous occasions working in both Tri-Service and Navy Units and was involved in the Category name change from Photographer to Imagery Specialist in 2009. Being trained in the film and darkroom era he has had to adapt to the modern digital age throughout his time and has seen major advancements in the industry.

During his career CPOIS Pawlenko has won the Rosemary Rodwell Memorial Prize three times which is awarded annually to the RAN Imagery Specialist whose individual image is judged to be the most striking and memorable of the year. He has also received two Commendations for his role in East Timor in 1999 and for OP Pakistan Assist II.

CPOIS Pawlenko is now the OIC of the Navy Imagery Unit-West at HMAS Stirling where he has been over the past three years. His role is to provide specialist imagery intelligence and public information support to the RAN and joint ADF operations. RAN Imagery Specialists are responsible for the acquisition, processing, production, storage and dissemination of RAN photographic data and products.

Damian Pawlenko

Richard Cordell

Leading Seaman Imagery Specialist

Navy Imagery Unit-West

Richard had a keen interest in photography for a number of years before transferring to Navy Imagery Specialist in 2010. This involved 9 months of training at RAAF Base Sale in Eastern Victoria. 


Since becoming an Imagery Specialist he has worked on numerous ships and establishments and travelled to over 20 countries including Tanzania, Dubai, India, Korea and Japan. The opportunity to travel is one of the most exciting aspects of the role for Richard; in particular being able to observe and photograph the different cultures and traditions.


During his career Richard has won the Rosemary Rodwell Memorial Prize twice in a row which is awarded annually to the RAN Imagery Specialist whose individual image is judged to be the most striking and memorable of the year. His photos and videos have been used and published in numerous publications around the globe.

Aside from shooting for the Defence Force, Richard enjoys the more creative side of photography with models, cosplay events and photoshop composites.