Me, My Culture and NSW Competition

Meet The Judges



Maya Eswaran

Maya is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts (International Relations) and Law at the University of Sydney. She is passionate about social justice having advocated for progressive issues as a representative on the SRC, University of Sydney Union and participating in broader student politics and activist campaigns.

She  has  helped edit and has written for the student newspaper Honi Soit by the Women's Collective and Autonomous Collective Against Racism.  Culture and identity have heavily influenced her own life, so she is excited to explore and be challenged by how other young people have experienced race and all its complexities.


Amelia Mertha

Amelia Mertha is a Balinese -Australian writer and artist living on Gadigal land.

She is currently completing her Honours year at The University of Sydney, majoring in English and Gender Studies.

In 2019 she was an editor of USyd’s weekly student newspaper, Honi Soit, having also written several articles for the newspaper. 

Film and Photography

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Carlee Heise

Carlee Heise is an artist facilitator, performance maker and drag king. Carlee’s most recent credits include To My Younger Self by Mallory Sedger at Shopfront Arts Co-op, The Experts at Crack Theatre Festival and Sydney Fringe in 2019 as a part of Shopfront Arts Co-op’s Harness Ensemble . Carlee has facilitated drama and acting workshops for Young People aged 8-19 at Shopfront Arts Co-op and in schools in the Georges River Area. Carlee is an advocate for Young People experiencing adversity and is passionate about the arts bringing people together, fostering inclusion and acceptance, and highlighting social issues.


Nicole Pingon

Nicole Pingon is a multidisciplinary artist, theatre maker and workshop facilitator for film, drama and community performance. She has experience working with Young People at Shopfront Arts Co-op, Little Eggs Collective, within primary and high schools, and throughout Chinese Seniors with the City of Sydney.

Nicole is a firm believer in the power of the arts and storytelling to allow people to share their truths, experiences and create change