Martine Perret began her professional career as a freelance photographer in Sydney in 1999, including a stint as both photographer and desk editor at The Australian Financial Review. Her interest in photojournalism took her to Timor-Leste in 2003. Having proven herself there, in 2004 she was invited to join the United Nations mission in Burundi, covering both the elections and the DDR (Demobilization, Disarmament and Reintegration of ex-combatants).
In 2005 she travelled to Indonesia and produced a multimedia documentary on the lives of a fisherman and his daughter, after the tsunami in Banda Aceh. In 2006 she was invited to join MONUC, the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, covering the Presidential elections and other UN mission activities.
Since 2007 she has been back in Timor-Leste as the official UNMIT photographer, covering all the missions peacekeeping operations, as well as a temporary deployment in 2010 to photograph the UN mission in Western Sahara. With the UNMIT mission in Timor-Leste closed in December 2012, Martine Perret has returned to Australia to establish a base. In early 2013 she had been contracted to take on a UN mission to South Sudan, returning to Margaret River in early 2014.
Her photos have been published in The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun Herald, BRW, MIS, The Rolling Stone Magazine, The Bulletin, ProPhoto, Better Photography and various other publications.
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Awards and Exhibitions:
2012: UN HQ Timor-Leste “Momentum” photo exhibition – New York
2010: Finalist Head On Photo Portrait Prize, Sydney
2010: FotoFreo: Trans-Dili exhibition at “Growing Pains”, Perth
2009: Dalan Nabilan touring group Photo exhibition in Timor-Leste and New York United Nations HQ
2008: FotoFreo: Projection on the DR Congo, Perth
2006: Group exhibition “Viva Timor-Leste” in Paris
2005: Exhibition on Burundi ONUB mission in New York United Nations HQ
2005: MSF group exhibition at French Cultural Center, Burundi
2004: Finalist Head On Photo Portrait Prize, Sydney
2003: Exhibition ” Tranches de Vie”, Dili
2002: Runner-up Nikon Award for ACP Student of the Year, Sydney