Maurice Ortega is a founding member and the director of The Queensland Centre for Photography (QCP) in Brisbane, Australia. He started his career in 1989 as a staff photographer at the Australian Museum in Sydney. In 1995 he opened an advisory studio specialising in 19th century processes particularly platinum/palladium and by 2000 he was lecturing at universities in the areas of photography and the arts in undergraduate and post-graduate programs. Since 2003, as the director of the QCP, he has overseen the exhibition, publication, educational and international programs of the institution and in 2006 as part of these commitments he initiated the biennial Queensland Festival of Photography, a state wide celebration with 72 participating avenues in its last edition and covering a land area three times the size of France.
Maurice holds a Master Degree in Visual Arts, has been the recipient of grants by the Australia Council, Arts Queensland and since 2009 sits on the advisory board for the College of Art at Griffith University.