About Elise Searson

Elise is an Australian based photographer / journalist with a main focus in story telling. She has completed a Bachelor in Photography at Griffith University/Queensland College of Art with work exhibited internationally and nationally. Upon completion of her degree, Elise secured work as a staff photographer for News Ltd and is now working as a photojournalist in Batemans Bay.

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Batemans Bay Aboriginal boy scouted for Australian film – Smoke Between Trees
Arts & Culture
It can be a long arduous journey before an actor will get their first lead role in a feature film but for Batemans Bay born Robert-Joseph Slockee, fate presented a much grander plan. "As soon as I saw his photo I just knew he was Ari," explains producer Michael Joy who drove from Syndey to Robert's Canberra home as soon...
When your backyard becomes a winter wonderland
News
There's nothing quite like waking up to the sound of kids giggling in excitement as they discover a winter wonderland in their own backyard. As arctic winds intensified through the night snow chasers poured into the country town of Oberon - almost 3 hours north of Canberra. This usually quiet industrial town of 4,500 people prepared days in advance for...
New Mogo playground is “Too deadly!”
Community
The days of Mogo kids having to fight over the only two swings in the park are over. The community campaign to upgrade the play space and end the tussle for swing time culminated this week with an open day to celebrate new facilities and fun. “Too deadly!” were the powerful words used by Sherrie Nye to describe the new...
Clyde Classic takes over Nelligen with exhaust fumes, passion & history
Community
The sun was shining, the smell of exhaust was in the air and the passion for all things motorised intoxicated the river village of Nelligen over the weekend. The Clyde River Classic car, bike and boat show attracted a bunch of colourful characters nursing self-confessed "car issues".  After buying his car 'Big Red' from a mate 12 years ago and...
FREE ground breaking cancer podcast now available for Southern NSW
Health & Wellbeing
A new cancer podcast offering support to residents in South East NSW is now available, the 10 episode series is a deep dive into treatments, hope, life and loss. John O’Neill was diagnosed with advanced brain cancer in May 2018 and had trouble finding information that openly addressed the crisis he was facing. “Searching for information in the wake of...
Gilmore residents take over Parliament House as MP makes first speech
News
After a ball busting campaign to secure the seat of Gilmore, newly elected Labor MP Fiona Phillips delivered her first speech in Federal Parliament today (July 30) with the public gallery filled with supporters from Nowra to Batemans Bay. "It was really lovely to see everybody in the gallery, my supporters and Labor colleagues," Ms Phillips says. "I wanted to...
Tears and cheers at the NAIDOC Awards Ball in Batemans Bay
News
After a week of celebrations, the Eurobodalla NAIDOC Awards Ball at The Coachouse Marina Resort in Batemans Bay saw generations come together to recognise each other's contribution and achievements. Guests were treated to a performance of "Hitchhiker" by comedian Dane Simpson who also hosted the event and kept everyone laughing. Eurobodalla Shire Councillor Pat McGinlay was one of the first to...
Batemans Bay Aboriginal women celebrates her first job – on the bridge
Community
At the tender age of 44, Vanessa Parsons has landed her first job and it's with an international civil construction company no less - John Holland. Vanessa is part of the new team building the $274 million Batemans Bay Bridge over the Clyde River. "It changed my life," Vanessa says. She starts her day by 'tapping on' at the works...
Baby Karn, another chapter in Mogo’s 20 year giraffe breeding story
Community
A baby giraffe is comfortably settling in at Mogo Zoo, a testament to the success of the Zoo's breeding program and commitment to preserving a species that is fast facing the threat of extinction. Baby boy Karn was born late last month to Sharni. Karn is his mum's seventh baby and the latest arrival in Mogo's 20-year history with breeding...
From cash to kittens, Elaine’s Eurobodalla animal rescue mission
Community
"I just do it without thinking, and when it all falls into place it is just such a wonderful feeling," says Elaine Schutt as she speaks fondly of her most recent adoptee, Kia the six week old kitten. I originally met Elaine from Eurobodalla Animal Welfare League with intentions to chat about National Desexing Month which kicks off this week however...
Cooma Library Lego Club – the building blocks of creativity
Community
More Lego and less screen time brings kids together at Cooma Library for Lego Club. These free meetups are on twice a month with most sessions instantly booking out. Librarian Ira Henrik has been gathering support for the Lego Club idea for a while now with hopes of igniting the imaginations of children aged five and up. "Kids lives are so...
National Geographic recognises three South East photographers
Arts & Culture
It doesn't get much better than National Geographic when it comes to wildlife photography and this year three photographers from South East NSW are nominees in the Nature Photographer of the Year final. Famous for his fine art approach to Australian wildlife photography, Charles Davis whose work features in the BBC's new series 'The Magical Land of OZ ' makes most...
Baby Gorillas on the horizon as breeding program kicks off at Mogo Zoo
Environment
A month after his arrival from the UK, Western Lowland Gorilla - Kisane is settling in at Mogo Zoo with high hopes he and two female gorillas can add to shrinking numbers of their species. The idea of baby gorillas on the South Coast is something for everyone to get excited about and based on the first introduction, the chance...
Batemans Bay foreshore design – have a look, have your say here and now
News
Designs for the new southern and northern foreshores of the Batemans Bay Bridge replacement project have been revealed. Member for Bega, Andrew Constance hopes the community will take the opportunity to provide feedback. “The replacement of the Batemans Bay Bridge is the largest project to be undertaken in this region so far, but it is important these spaces are what...
Could this be Batemans Bay’s answer to Moruya’s SAGE Market?
Business
Nelligen has been a humble start for self-taught farmer Jess O'Shea whose dream is to replicate Moruya's SAGE Market in Batemans Bay. Jess started growing veggies at her mum’s old farm in Termeil and needed somewhere to sell them, but couldn't make it down to Moruya every week so she decided to start her own market. "SAGE have a really...
And you thought the snow season was for skiing! Taking photos is much more fun!
Arts & Culture
After what felt like the hottest and longest summer on the Eurobodalla coast we've finally arrived at what I think is the most photogenic season of the year - winter! You don't need expensive gear either to get the money shot - just a good eye for composition as in the rule of thirds (which as a photojournalist I break...
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