Ben Bohane

Ben Bohane is an Australian photojournalist, producer, and policy analyst based in Vanuatu.

In 2020, Ben joined the Australia Pacific Security College (PSC) at The Australian National University (ANU) where he is the Communications Director.

For 30 years he specialised in reporting conflict and religion across the Asia-Pacific region for a variety of global and Australian media.

From 1989-2009 he reported on conflict from Afghanistan to Burma to the Solomon Islands.

Between 2009-2016 he was Communications Director for the Pacific Institute of Public Policy (PiPP), the region’s only independent think tank, working on initiatives to spread the policy base so grassroots Pacific islanders had more input into their national policy formulations. PiPP was also tasked by some Pacific governments to help develop policy research and capacity.

He has worked for many of the world’s major news organisations and his photos are collected by The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum and Australian War Memorial, among others.

He is the founder of Waka Photo Agency, the first photo agency in the Pacific, as well as a co-founder, along with Tim Page, of the Australian war photographers collective Degree South. In 2019 he was named the inaugural winner of the Walkley/Sean Dorney grant for Pacific journalism.

His books include The Black Islands – Spirit and War in Melanesia, a 20 year photographic journey through kastom and conflict in Australia’s closest island neighbours.