Mike Bowers is a photographer, a regular commentator on ABC Radio and host of Talking Pictures on Insiders which airs on ABC 1 and ABC News 24 on Sunday mornings.
Mike spent 20 years in the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery working for a number of publications including The Australian, The Canberra Times, The Age, The Bulletin, The Australian Financial Review, BRW, Time, The Daily Telegraph and The Sydney Morning Herald. He covered nine Federal election campaigns and has accompanied six prime ministers on assignments both around Australia and overseas.
He has covered conflicts in Cambodia, Kosovo, Bougainville, PNG and the Middle East.
Mike was Pictorial Editor for the Sydney Morning Herald from 2001-2008. He was Chief Photographer for the Sydney Morning Herald before striking out on his own in late 2008.
He took up a role with philanthropically funded online news venture The Global Mail in 2011 as photographic editor and photographer before moving to The Guardian Australia as photographer at large when they established a presence in Australia in 2013.
Mike lectured in Photojournalism for 4 semesters at UTS during 2010-2011.
Mike has published four books, Gallipoli Untold Stories, The Big Picture 175 Years of The Sydney Morning Herald and A Century of Pictures, 100 years of Herald photography. His fourth book, Armageddon-Two men on an ANZAC trail was a joint venture with journalist Paul Daley.
Managing and photographing big events
Photographic Editor Fairfax Beijing Olympics- Co-ordinating the work of 14 Photographers for the Fairfax group.
Deputy Editor Fairfax Melbourne Commonwealth Games-assigning 23 photographers from across the Fairfax Group.
CHOGM – Photographic coverage for Fairfax Group
APEC – Photographic coverage for the Fairfax group
1989 Canberra, Australia
1992 Bangkok, Thailand
1994 Bogor, Indonesia
1995 Osaka, Japan
1999 Auckland, New Zealand
2007 Sydney, Australia
2008 Papal visit to Australia – Photographic editor for the Fairfax group