So most of you know by now that I like to enter photography competitions. It’s not to compete against other photographers or for the trophies (the trophies are good though!) but to push myself creatively and to continually be inspired by other photographers. And to also know that by having my work judged by leaders in our industry that I am producing the high level of work that my clients deserve.
Since returning home from the AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA) in Melbourne on Tuesday my head hasn’t stopped spinning with new ideas!!!! It’s crazy – I can’t wait to start working on my entries for 2014!
This year at APPA I had one goal and that was to earn the 2 points required to receive my Masters and I’m happy to say I earned 6! To explain how the honours system works here in Australia, every silver award is worth 1 point and every gold is worth 2. To achieve your Associate level you need to earn 5 points and to obtain your Masters you need an additional 10 points. This was only my 3rd year entering so you could imagine how excited I was to achieve it 🙂 I’m now on my way to my first Gold Bar!!!
Entering photography competitions is one of the most nerve racking, scary things you can do, it takes a lot to put yourself out there to be judged by your peer’s. But it’s one of those things if you don’t give it a go you’ll never know.
There are a ridiculous amount of competitions available for photographers to enter so please make sure you read the terms and conditions so you know what’s involved. There is a facebook page called PhotoWatchDog – https://www.facebook.com/PhotoWatchDog and it’s run by my good Friend William Long who might I add just won the AIPP Australian Commercial Photographer of the Year 2013 in Melbourne. What’s great about this page is If you come across a competition and your not sure of the T&C’s you can post it on the PhotoWatchDog page and William will look into it and then give it a rating. If it receives a bad rating he will contact the competition directors and discuss possible changes to their Terms and Conditions. So please make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into and like the PhotoWatchDog page so you can keep up to date with different comps that are coming up. And get this – he does it for free!
I also want to say a HUGE congratulations to everyone that received awards and to all the category winners at APPA this year, and most importantly a massive thank you to all the volunteers and judges who give up so much of their time to make it happen. It was an amazing weekend!!!
Here are my APPA 2013 entries. Being awarded for them is amazing but I also get so much personally from creating lifelong memories for my family and my clients.
The first two images were entered into the Family category and the last two into Portrait.
Triplets. Silver Award ~ 80
This image is my most treasured client image, I’m so sad to say that this beautiful lady passed away 2wks ago, so knowing that it will be cherished for generations is something I will never forget. Silver Award ~ 81
My beautiful Grandparents who have been married for 61 years. Recently my Pop suffered his 5th Stroke and my Grandma was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a few weeks ago. Gold Award ~ 91
And my Mum. My beautiful brave mother. Gold with Distinction ~ 98
(2nd highest scoring print by a fraction 🙂 )