Chrissie Goldrick, Editor-in-Chief, Australian Geographic

WABA is delighted to welcome Mrs Chrissie Goldrick as our Patron and we look forward to working closely with her to continue our work in building strong links between art, science and conservation to promote appreciation our wildlife and botanical heritage.

Mrs Goldrick joined Australian Geographic as picture and research manager in 1998, becoming picture editor a couple of years later and today, she is Editor-in-Chief of the iconic Australian publication. She started her career in live television news in 1980’s London and finished that decade setting up the pictorial operations of two start-up national newspapers there. After moving with her family to Australia in 1993, she worked initially as a picture researcher in the Mitchell Library at the State Library of New South Wales before joining Australian Geographic.

Mrs Goldrick is responsible for setting and maintaining high editorial standards of the Australian Geographic journal and a range of other publications, plus the website and many other offshoots including documentaries and a recent 10 part television series.

In 2010, Mrs Goldrick authored a special Australian Geographic publication called Twenty Five Years of Australian Geographic Photography and continues to act as editor of the brand’s annual large hard cover books including, in 2013, The Art of Australian Geographic Illustration, a compendium of the best natural history art and illustration from the journal’s 30 year archives.

Valued by her peers for her vast industry knowledge, Mrs Goldrick is regularly invited to judge photographic competitions including most recently, in 2015, the Walkleys, Australia’s top press awards.

She established the annual Australian Geographic Prize for Natural History Illustration for the University of Newcastle after writing an article about its unique Bachelor of Natural History Illustration program. She enjoys a close working relationship with the school and travels to Newcastle annually to present the prize and explore opportunities between the two organisations to encourage and support upcoming natural history artists.

Mrs Goldrick has recently been associated with WABA as a guest speaker at our ground-breaking 'Discover Wildlife: Art and Science Symposium' in partnership with CSIRO Discovery and Inspiring Australia in Canberra in 2014. She also officially launched WABA's national 'Wildlife Art @ Discovery' exhibition in conjunction with the Symposium.