LAUREN J JONES
Leigh Harris is a Central Coast local, Tech Geek ,Drone Pilot, Filmmaker and Photographer. Leigh has over 24 years of experience flying Radio controlled Aircraft.
Leigh has seen the evolution of planes from nitro engines to brushed electric and now the current brushless LiPo powered Drones.
Leigh built his first FPV 9First Person View) plane 1998 and still has it today. With his love of photography and flying, Drones were a natural progression. Leigh has a great eye and we are STOKED to have him on board this year.
With 20 years in community and commercial radio, public relations,
communications, marketing and journalism, Mandy is a passionate and professional creative who has recently returned to breakfast radio at 2GO after a short
stint in the "Not For Profit" sector.
Over the years Mandy has written for websites including her own, collaborated
on podcasts and is a sought after MC and Guest Speaker. This is Mandy's first foray in Judging and she is PUMPED!!
Lauren is a local Avoca Beach Producer/Director. She began her career in the film industry over ten years ago as an actor, when she lived in London and studied at the prestigious Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
In 2013, Lauren relocated back home and made the move to producing and directing. During this time, Lauren completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Film and Television Production at JMC Academy, has directed and produced several of her own short films and projects, and has consistently worked in the production department on numerous Films and TVC’s, which have appeared on TV, online and internationally in some of the top festivals.
In 2018 Lauren produced the Create NSW funded short film Tip of My Tongue, which premiered at the 2018 Sydney Film Festival. The film has since gone on to become also a semi finalist in WOW - Women of Film Fair Middle East, in Dubai.
In Jan 2019 Final Resting Pose, another of Laurens short films, beat out thousands of submissions and was one of 55 short films to be accepted into one of Australia’s most prestigious and highly respected short film festivals, Flickerfest..
Lauren currently works at Junkee Media in Sydney and she is also in the development stage of her first feature film Paper Doll which she is producing and co-directing.