In a crumbling world, life and joy abounds. Let us capture that.

Street photography for me is like an addiction.  And with any addiction there are highs and lows.  It is also about inserting yourself into a situation and becoming invisible.  Observing people, their interactions, shapes, movement, colours, light and shadows.  It’s about ‘seeing’ these things and capturing them.  What I love most is to lose myself in my invisibility and meld into the scene.   It’s almost a fugue-like state, like I’m not there, or like a fly on the wall, or wearing an invisibility cloak.  And this state is what fuels the addiction.

About Julia

Julia Coddington is a photographer from Australia who practices street and documentary photography. 

She is co-founder of the Unexposed Collective (with Rebecca Wiltshire), a platform and community for Australian women, non-binary and intersex street photographers.  She is also an administrator of @womeninstreet, a large international community of women street photographers.  

Julia is a member of the Little Box Collective and a nominee for the 2020 Leica Oskar Barnack Award.

Julia’s work has been exhibited internationally and she has been a finalist in international street photography competitions. She has exhibited her work in Australia and overseas and has been featured in street photography magazines and interviewed on several photography podcasts. 

Julia has judged a number of photography festival competitions over the years, including Miami Street Photography Festival, Street Foto San Francisco, the Italian Street Photography Festival, the Istanbul Street Photography Festival, The Wall 2021, Head On Photo Festival and the Mexican Street Photography Festival.

She has also curated several exhibitions, including 'Exposed' at the Head On Photo Festival in Sydney 2019, 'Two Way Street' in San Francisco 2019,  'Double Trouble' at Head On in 2020,  'Double Exposed' at the Indian Photo Festival in 2020 and Head On in 2021 and 'The Wall of Women by Women' at Ballarat Biennale 2023.

Julia teaches workshops internationally and in Australia .

She has three adult children, two sausage dogs, and Gerry, and lives in Austinmer, New South Wales. She can’t quite get enough travel and adventure in her life.

About Julia's work

Julia's photographic style has been inspired by the many things that have shaped her as a human being: her exposure to the natural world and animals from an early age; a close, loving family and community; exposure to generosity, kindness and intimacy; her love of art, design and music; exploration of places and people around the world; and the uniqueness of the Australian environment with its strong light, distinctive colours and clear blue sky. 

All of those life experiences influence the way she sees and are reflected in her images.

Julia's style has changed over the years but is also very much dependent on, and influenced by the environment in which she is working. Some of her images are very clean, without clutter that stand out for their colour, shapes and movement, and which use the blue sky to create a background across which colourful shapes float. 

Others are very full and alive. In places like India she loves the challenge of capturing emotion and filling the frame with as many faces and hands as possible. Some of her images play with perspective to create weirdness and to perplex the viewer.

Supporting women street photographers

In recent years Julia has worked to promote the work of women street photographers. She has worked with Casey Meshbesher, founder of Women In Street to build that platform into a strong international community of women street photographers. 

Early in 2018 Julia and Rebecca Wiltshire formed a collective of women, non-binary and intersex street photographers called the Unexposed Collective, based in Australia. 

The creation of both those groups was a response to the domination of the male voice in street photography and reflects our determination that as street photography grows in popularity, women are not left behind, either as a consequence of casual or institutional sexism or as a consequence of our own fears about putting our work and ourselves forward. 

Since the formation of these groups, similar groups have formed and the quality of work produced by women is now amongst the best in the world. 




  • Nominee for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2020
  • Honorary Membership Calcutta School of Contemporary Photography November 2019
  • Prize Winner, Brussels Street Photography Festival October, 2019
  • Prize Winner, London Street Photography Festival, August 2019
  • Finalist, Street Foto San Francisco, June 2018
  • Finalist, Aussie Street Competition - Head On Sydney, May 2018
  • Prize Winner, Aussie Street Competition - Head On Sydney, May 2018
  • Finalist, Italian Street Photography Festival, April 2018


  • Vision 2020 - Head On Festival 2021
  • Women Street Photographers Exhibition New York December 2019 and December 2018
  • Women Street Photographers Exhibition @fotoartfestival in Bielska-Bialo, Poland, October 2019
  • Womens Street Photographers Exhibition, Kuala Lumpur, August 2019
  • Womens Street Photographers Exhibition, Sofia, May 2019
  • Curator, 'Two Way Street' exhibition of diptychs by Women in Street photographers, Street Foto San Francisco, June 2019
  • Curator of 'Exposed' - an exhibition of works by the Unexposed Collective at the Head On Festival, May 2019
  • Loud and Luminous, Contact Sheet Gallery, April-May 2019
  • Head On 2019 - Solo Exhibition, May 2019
  • Street Sans Frontieres Exhibition, Paris, May 2018


  • Judge, Mexican Street Photography Festival, 2023
  • Guest speaker, India Photo Festival, 2022
  • Judge, Head On Festival 2022
  • Judge, PSPI Festival, Pisa Italy, 2022 
  • Judge, THE WALL 2021 Pafos, Greece 2021
  • Judge, Street Foto San Francisco, June 2019
  • Judge, Italian Street Photography Festival, Rome April 2019
  • Judge, Miami Street Photography Festival, December 2018
  • Guest Presenter and workshop leader, Street Photo Milano, May 2018
  • Guest Speaker, Loud and Luminous, Melbourne, March 2018


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Work with Julia

Have an upcoming project? Julia would love to collaborate with you. She also conducts street photography workshops with Gerry Orkin.  

Get in touch with Julia using the contact form to discuss rates, workshops and more.  

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