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Leila Jeffreys (1989)

1989 leaver Leila Jeffreys is a passionate advocate of Australian wildlife. Thanks to her very adventurous parents Leila spent much of her childhood travelling, sparking her interest in the natural world. Upon graduation from Penrhos, Leila went on to study photography as part of an arts degree at Murdoch University and Curtin University. Leila continued her studies in Sydney, completing an Advanced Certificate III in Photography from Ultimo TAFE College.

Leila began documenting birds by way of photographic portraiture as a personal project in 2008. Her first series focused on the much loved family pets, budgerigars. A series of Australian native cockatoos followed in 2012. Leila works with animal rescue and conservation groups to create her portraits. Leila’s work has been exhibited widely throughout Australia, USA, Hong Kong and the UK and has been featured in Harper’s Bazaar, The Times Magazine, Vogue and on three Australian Geographic covers. Leila recently published Birdland, a hardcover collection of some of her most stunning portrait photography. Fuelled by a fascination with the natural world, Jeffreys sees and senses the lives of birds around her. With each work Jeffreys immerses herself into the birds’ world and uses classical portraiture artistry to show the viewer a disparate and entrancing world.

Find out more about Leila or see examples of her work at http://leilajeffreys.com/