Roberto Seba from Brazil has won the prestigious role of Victoria’s lifestyle photographer. Roberto is an experienced travel and food photographer who has worked with Lonely Planet magazine, Proxima Viagem, Top Destinos and Global Rural. He graduated with a degree in Advertising from Centro Universitario Vila Velha. Roberto is also an accomplished filmmaker and has had work featured at The Berlin Film Festival and The Saveur Video Festival.
The Lifestyle Photographer Job
A passion for photography, writing and exploring where people live, eat, drink and play is essential for this role. Roberto Seba has that passion! Based in Melbourne, the Lifestyle Photographer will work with Time Out magazine, putting their photography, filming and writing skills towards documenting Melbourne’s unique lifestyle and the diverse experiences on offer in Victoria. Roberto will capture the essence of Melbourne's laneways, cool cafes, hidden rooftop bars, hot air ballooning, major festivals and music events, and life beyond the city, whether it’s surfing on the Great Ocean Road, skiing at Mt Hotham, researching little penguins at Phillip Island or winemaking at a leading winery.
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AFL Grand Final
One of Roberto’s roles will be to attend and record many of Melbourne's fantastic sporting events. In September he attended the Australian Football League (AFL) Grand Final at the historic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Up to 100,000 fans packed the stadium to see the Hawthorn Hawks defeated the Fremantle Dockers for the highly sought after premiership cup.
Queenscliff Music Festival
In November, Roberto will attend the Queenscliff Music Festival, one of Australia's great festival experiences. This family-friendly event is much loved for its depth and diversity of musical talent. It’s held at the beachside holiday retreat of Queenscliff, just over an hour's drive from Melbourne. Headline acts this year include Australian favourites the John Butler Trio and The Living End.
Melbourne Cup Carnival
When the football season is over, Melbourne turns its attention to Spring fashion and horse-racing. The Melbourne Cup Carnival is one of the most vibrant racing events in the world. Roberto will capture all the glamour of the Melbourne Cup race held on the first Tuesday in November, known as ‘the race that stops a nation™’.
Boxing Day Cricket at the MCG
On 26 December each year, the day after Christmas Day, more than 100,000 passionate cricket fans attend the historic Melbourne Cricket Ground to support Australia in the biggest Test Match in the world. This year, Roberto will catch the English Cricket team taking on Australia as part of the highly anticipated 2013 Ashes Tour.
Australian Open Tennis Championships
In January, Roberto will be at Melbourne Park as the best tennis players in the world compete for one of the biggest Grand Slam titles at The Australian Open Tennis Championships. He will watch the action unfold on Centre Court, enjoy live entertainment at Grand Slam Oval and sit back and enjoy the balmy summer nights and festive atmosphere in front of the big screen at Garden Square.
Roberto will attend the worldwide phenomenon of White Night, which returns to Melbourne for its second year in February 2014. At this festival he’ll experience some of the best Melbourne has to offer, as the city is transformed into an all-night wonderland from dusk til dawn with free events celebrating music, food, film and art.
South East Touring Triangle
During his time in Australia, Roberto will also explore regional Victoria, taking images of the natural environment, wildlife, attractions, local identities and more. From Melbourne, Roberto will tour the South East Touring Triangle which links three of Melbourne’s most beautiful regions: the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges; Phillip Island; and the Mornington Peninsula.
The Yarra Valley is famous for its wineries, with more than 70 tucked into the picturesque countryside. Roberto will also get up close to Australian native wildlife such as platypus, koalas, Tasmanian devils, kangaroos and wallabies at nearby Healesville Sanctuary. He’ll enter the forest of the Dandenong Ranges, and take a ride through the cool fern gullies aboard the restored old steam train, Puffing Billy.
Continuing to Phillip Island, he’ll enjoy endless stunning beaches and soak up the atmosphere in local cafes and restaurants at Phillip Island’s many charming villages. Roberto will see the famous Penguin Parade where the little penguins, can be seen emerging from the sea and waddling ashore to their sand dune burrows each night. Phillip Island is also home to the speed and excitement of the Superbike World Championship, the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, and many motor sport events throughout the year.
On the Mornington Peninsula, he’ll discover more than 50 winery cellar doors specialising in superb pinot noir and chardonnay and outstanding restaurants featuring the region’s abundant fresh produce. The Mornington Peninsula is also a perfect place for aquatic adventures, including dolphin and seal swims and scuba diving Victoria’s many shipwrecks.
Great Southern Touring Route
Encompassing the spectacular Great Ocean Road, Roberto will also travel the Great Southern Touring Route. Here he will discover dramatic seascapes, the rugged grandeur of the Grampians mountain range, the indulgence and tranquillity of Daylesford; and the history and heritage of Victoria’s Goldfields region.
Great Ocean Road
On the Great Ocean Road he’ll visit the famous surf-town of Torquay and nearby Bells Beach, Australia’s most famous surf beach. He’ll pass through seaside towns such as Lorne and Apollo Bay and some of the most spectacular scenery In Australia. Highlights of this journey include the Great Otway National Park; Twelve Apostles and The Shipwreck Coast. He’ll also explore the Grampians National Park, which has the largest collection of Aboriginal rock paintings in Victoria.
The Great Southern Touring Route then weaves its way through the Goldfields region to Ballarat, a city that brings the glorious days of the 19th century gold rush to life through its many art galleries, museums and major attractions.
Before returning to Melbourne, Roberto can rejuvenate in the Daylesford region, which has Australia’s largest number of naturally occurring mineral springs. An indulgent spa treatment, followed by fine local produce paired with boutique wine, is a fitting way to end this inspiring and rewarding journey.
Roberto will also experience the grandeur of Australia’s diversity of landscapes on the Sydney-Melbourne Touring routes. The three drives include the Sydney-Melbourne Coastal Drive; Sydney-Melbourne Heritage Drive; and the Great Alpine Road.
Sydney-Melbourne Coastal Drive
The coastline between Sydney and Melbourne showcases some of the most spectacular scenery in Australia, with tranquil coves, long, golden beaches and wild, rocky shorelines carved by the Pacific and Southern oceans. Roberto will find plenty of fun on the water here - from surfing, sailing and snorkelling to seeing dolphins and whales in the wild. Roberto can learn about Aboriginal bush foods on a guided tour; cruise, water-ski or kayak around the Gippsland Lakes or walk on pure white beaches at Wilsons Promontory.
Sydney-Melbourne Heritage Drive
From Melbourne, Roberto will travel to the gold rush region around Bendigo. He will venture down old goldmines, see Chinese Dragons and dine in ornate civic buildings refashioned as fashionable bars and restaurants. On to the mighty Murray River, paddle steamers offer Roberto a fun way to get downstream to the many farm-gates that offer fresh local produce for sale. Roberto won't go beyond the Victorian border, but the Heritage drive continues to the nation’s capital, Canberra, which is home to Australia’s Government and a wealth of national art and historic collections. From here, the drive winds through the Southern Highlands of New South Wales before ending in Sydney.
Great Alpine Road
Along the Great Alpine Road Roberto can find some of Australia’s highest mountains. The Australian Alps are the ideal place for those looking for an active adventure. He can hike, cycle or take a horseback ride, go abseiling, hang-gliding and rock-climbing. In winter the area is a popular skiing and snowboarding destination. At day’s end, he can relax in a traditional pub, indulge at a boutique resort and spa, or camp under a brilliant night sky in the Alpine National Park. Along the route he’ll discover historic gold-rush towns such as Beechworth and Omeo; and enjoy the gourmet delights of Bright. The road ends at the Gippsland Lakes, where there’s abundant marine life, water sports and fabulous fresh seafood.
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Snapshots from Roberto
Some highlights from Roberto's time in Victoria
Melbourne's picturesque Yarra River runs through the heart of the city past Southbank and Flinders Street Station.
"Lost in the Laneways"
The only way to explore Melbourne's labyrinth of laneways is to just throw yourself in and see where they take you.
Lost in the Laneways×
"Hidden Gems "
Tucked away in nooks and crannies all through Melbourne's laneways, you'll find hole in the wall cafes and one of a kind shops.