Since 2014, Sydney Deaf & Hard of Hearing Photographers has grown over time, gaining access to voluntary opportunities offered by other community organisations for photography activity.



Sydney Deaf & Hard of Hearing Photographers (SDHP) was established in 2014 by deaf freelance photographer, Sue Wright

SDHP explores different themes and perspectives of photography through Auslan (Australian Sign Language) in regular meet ups. It is the first group of its kind in Australia.

SDHP works collaboratively with organisations with the aim to achieve access and equity for deaf and hard of hearing photographers.

I love photography and I wanted to explore. I attended other meet ups organised by hearing people but it was not the same. I felt isolated in my own language.

This is reason why I established up Sydney Deaf & HoH Photographers. Through this meet ups, they can continue to do photography and freely communicate through Auslan.
— Sue Wright, Founder

What We've Achieved

  • Successfully ran two workshops with Campbelltown Arts Centre's 'Photography & Stories' in 2017, a professional development for emerging deaf and hard of hearing photographers with Auslan interpreters. 
  • Successful gained 7 weeks photography course with TAFE with over 13 deaf & hard of hearing students with Auslan interpreters and notetaker.  
  • SDHP's first exhibition in 2017, "your photography, your style"with seven photographers from our group.
  • SDHP's first stall at Deaf Festival in 2016.
  • Successful grant with Accessible Arts' Artist Run Initiative Project in 2016.
  • Over 200 members and growing.