Meet Your Teachers

We’ll show you how to get better and more creative at photography!


Photography is one of the most accessible forms of creative expression, and many of us have used cameras since we’ve been old enough to hold one in our hands. Venture Photography Workshops is here to show you how you can get the most out of your camera, by taking creative control of it and getting you started on your own image-making adventure!

All our workshops are hands-on and full of activities and shoots. We explain everything in everyday language to make sure you understand all the key ideas and concepts you need to learn. You learn by doing and you’ll get plenty of opportunities to put what you have learned into practice and to refine your skills!

Let’s meet your teaching team!


Meet your Teachers


Seng Mah

Seng is owner and lead instructor at Venture Photography Workshops and Tours. He has an extensive background in teaching and mentoring, and has been a professional photographer and educator since 2009. In Venture Photography Workshops, he combines his love of photography and teaching into a job that’s rewarding for him and great for photographers wanting to learn from someone who is an experienced educator.

Seng specialises in building and developing community-based photographic events, including PhotoExpose WA, the Photo Inspo Festival, the Landscape Inspiration Weekend, the Portrait Inspiration Weekend and the Fremantle Centre for Creative Photography. He has worked with FotoFreo, the Fremantle International Portrait Prize, CanTeen and Propel Youth Arts.

Seng is an experienced and qualified photography judge and is much sought-after at photography exhibitions and competitions. He is a member of the WA Photographic Judges Association. He has won multiple photography awards in both the professional and creative arts arenas and recently won the Award for WA Documentary Professional Photographer of the Year in 2018, and was a finalist in the WA Travel Professional Photographer of the Year Awards in both 2017, 2018 and 2019. More recently, he was awarded the President’s Award for Excellence in Photographic Judging.

For more information about awards and exhibitions by Seng, look here.


Ty Stedman

Ty Stedman is a multiple award-winning landscape photographer based in Busselton, Western Australia, who shoots landscapes from both on the ground and in the air (aerial photography). For Ty, landscape photography is a great excuse to explore new horizons and escape the trap of a modern sedentary life, a way to see the world that is unique the way most of us see it, whether it is from the elevation of a plane or the addition of time through a long exposure. Ty is an instructor on our landscape photography retreats and landscape photography tours. Ty has won many accolades, including the Prix de la Photographie (Paris Prize) Fine Art Photographer of the Year, Landscape Emerging Photographer of the Year with Capture Magazine, the Western Australian Professional Commercial Photographer of the Year and Winter Sports Photographer of the Year at the International Photography Awards. You can follow more of his work on his website

Beau Watson

Beau is Venture’s educational assistant, assisting Seng in our photography workshops. He is a long-term photography enthusiast who is working towards becoming a professional photographer, specialising in music/band and commercial photography. Beau also enjoys shooting landscapes and long exposures and is known to seek out unique shooting locations in the Perth metropolitan area and beyond. You can see Beau’s work here.


Craig Franke

Craig Franke is a wildlife photographer who can often be found exploring bushland and wilderness in search of subjects to photograph. He is also a photography judge who has judged at numerous photography group and camera club competitions. In macro photography, Craig specialises in the photography of insects and arachnids. He runs our macro photography workshops and our 1-on-1 wildlife photography workshops. You’ll have a great time learning from him in these hands-on shoot-and-learn events.

Craig runs Jarmat Wildlife Photography, and you can follow his work on Instagram.