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Being an Australian accredited professional photographer, and entering the AIPP awards has given me a creative challenge and made me learn photography techniques I never would have without entering.

Being judged by your peers is hard on the ego initially (maybe always), but it definitely is the best way to push your own limits higher, at a much faster pace then you would learn on your own.

I feel like my scores have only really just got over the line, but the regardless of the scores- I’ve always felt that what I’ve learned by creating the images, far outweighs whatever the score has ended up!

Award images need to do more then impress my clients, they need to impress my photographer peers, the image needs to have story, be technically perfect, be unique or just have that X factor. It’s a wonderful challenge, and one I would encourage all photographers to do! I didn’t enter the awards in 2018, and I missed it terribly! Bring on 2019!

2017 WA AIPP Family Photographer of the Year (Finalist)

2017 AIPP WA Epson Professional Photography Awards - Family category - SILVER AWARD 84

This image was created from a series of 4 images taken during an underwater maternity/family session. The images on their own I knew wouldn’t be enough for an award so I had a little play in photoshop (which was completely out of my comfort zone!) and at 4am the day of printing my images this image became something visually I thought a little different to the norm!

2017 AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards - Family category - SILVER AWARD 82

This image was really about exploring with my underwater housing, playing with the light in the open water of the ocean with one very amazing client who willingly took on salt water up the nose several time while we perfected shape, bubbles, and hands and hair. I entered this image into the state awards in colour as I loved the blues, however it only scored 78 (so close yet so far!). I was confident it was worthy of an award and changed it to b&w after some sound advice and was very happy when it received a silver award at national level.

2017 AIPP WA Epson Professional Photography Awards - Portrait Category (single capture) - SILVER AWARD 83

2017 AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards - Portrait Category (single capture) - SILVER AWARD 80

You can certainly see I had fun exploring with my underwater housing this year. This image is so minimally edited, and I love it all the more for that fact. Single capture means it literally its one image, no compositing of images allowed so this is a moment seen with my son exploring for the first time on a paddle board. I was stoked that it was awarded at both state and national level.

2017 AIPP WA Epson Professional Photography Awards - Family category - SILVER AWARD 83

2017 AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards - Family category - SILVER AWARD 80

This image was actually the final shoot of a series I did with this client over her pregnancy, I wanted to incorporate flowers (which were supplied by the lovely Anna from Botanica Naturalis- if you need a florist she is amazing!!) and lots of colour, and this image was really about celebrating life and breastfeeding, and natural connection between mother and baby. It was really fun playing with the ideas and how it turned out in the end was nothing how I thought it would- but that is the beauty of creating! Awarded at both state and national level.

2016 AIPP WA Epson Professional Photography Awards - Portrait category - SILVER AWARD 82

2016 AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards - Portrait category - SILVER AWARD 81

This image was an in-between moment captured of my sister-in-law and my nephew. My nephew was really not wanting a photo at all, and usually this image would be a throw away shot never to be seen, but I really could resonate with the frustration on my sister-in-laws face. The parenting struggle is real sometimes, and I saw the honesty in this image. It was also the only image that got awarded at both state and national level, this year was tough for me!

2016 AIPP WA Epson Professional Photography Awards - Portrait category - SILVER AWARD 82

This image came from a night on my deck, using a kids swimming pool, a single light and my willing sister (who goes along with my crazy ideas). I didn’t really know what I was aiming for, but as I was playing with the light I started to see the refection of the roof in the water and I really loved what I was seeing (and hadn’t seen anything like it before). To me, this image really symbolises being stuck in your own head, and feeling trapped. I liked the darkness and questions this image could raise for people, even if they didn’t understand it.

To me this was my favourite image this year, because of the creative process along the way. I loved that it looked like some crazy photoshop skills, but was actually all in camera.

2016 AIPP WA Epson Professional Photography Awards - Portrait category - SILVER AWARD 82

This image was a second image from a shoot I had done the previous year, and had already received an award for a different image in this series. At a print critique the judges said both were worthy of entering so I was pretty happy they were right! A creative shoot just for fun, with one of my dear friends. I was striving for a really clean image utilising negative space, a different dancer image to the typical.

2015 AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards - Portrait category - SILVER AWARD 81

This was actually my first EVER awarded image. After entering state awards and receiving no awarded images I was on a determined mission to create something award worthy (something even harder to do at national level, so I had my work cut out for me!). To me this image is about struggle, balance, and beauty.

2015 AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards - Portrait category - SILVER WITH DISTINCTION AWARD 85

So after receiving my first ever award, to receive a silver with distinction at national level was just the icing on the cake. This image was one of the images I’d taken at an everyday maternity session, and as we were walking back to the car I could see the amazing sunset through an old lifesaving building. I loved the angles and could see an interesting silhouette instantly.  I was on an APPA high for weeks after this.

What do the scores mean?
80-84 SILVER AWARD
85-89 SILVER WITH DISTINCTION
90-94 GOLD
95-100 GOLD WITH DISTINCTION

Why are the scores different at state and national level?
Photography is subjective! The same measure is used at both national and state level but the pool of work entered nationally is much bigger so the competition to score higher can be even harder. At the end of the day, you have 5 judges scoring your images and you get the average. Sometimes they disagree and you then have your image discussed and talked about, I get a thrill out of taking risks and polarising judges and some of my favourite images have never been awarded!