Meet sweet 8-day old Toby.

Toby was a very alert little boy and wanted to keep one eye on all the going ons during his portrait session.  He was determined not to miss a moment!  We still managed to get some beautiful sleepy newborn portraits of Toby though, don’t you think?

Thank you for bringing Toby to see me for his newborn portraits Caroline + Scott.  I hope you enjoy your images for many years to come.

Peta x

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In September, I entered the AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPAs) for the first time as an Accredited Professional Photographer with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography. I should have entered in previous years, but to be honest, I had to pluck up the courage to enter!

I entered the AIPP WA Professional Photography Awards (WAPPAs) the last two years and did well, receiving one Gold, two Silver Distinctions and six Silvers. You can view the award winning images via the following blog links:-

2012 WAPPA Images
2013 WAPPA Images

But still the thought of putting my work into the APPAs, up against so many amazingly talented professional photographers, was daunting and the self doubt crept in.

Last year, I attended APPAs in Melbourne but chose not to enter any images. I really just wanted to go along, watch the judging, see what type of images were entered, and to learn more about what the judges were looking for. This was such an invaluable experience. I will admit, that entering became that little bit more daunting because I had now seen first hand how many amazing professional photographers we have here in Australia, some of the world’s best, and the standard of work was even more incredible than I imagined.  That self doubt crept in again, and I considered not entering. But after much prodding from my supportive husband, family and friends – I decided to enter and glad I did.

I have learnt that it is such an important part of my learning and development, to put my work out there to be judged and critiqued. Whether the feedback is good or bad, it does not matter as it all helps push you and challenge you to do better. I found it equally as important, to sit and watch other photographers’ work be judged and critiqued. I sat in those judging rooms for three days straight again this year and although it was exhausting, I really got alot out of it. It really did not matter whether I watched the landscape, illustrative, travel, wedding, portrait open, or family category – I found that I could take something away from watching any of the categories, and apply it to my own work.

Although I mainly shoot portraits in my business, and it is my first love (particularly newborns), I also have a passion for travel, landscape and illustrative photography. I absolutely love to travel, explore and capture new places – it feeds my soul and makes me happy. We try to get away somewhere overseas every year for four to six weeks.

It is not an easy decision as to what images to enter into the awards and which categories, but I really wanted to enter for myself this year and after much deliberation I decided to enter travel images from my recent trips to China and Alaska.

I am excited to share with you all that four out of the four images that I entered all received awards. I received one Silver Distinction and three Silvers.

Not only did I receive awards for all of my images, but I was shocked to hear my name called as a Finalist in the Travel Category of The Australian Professional Photography Awards. That is something that I would never have dreamt to have achieved, and particularly not in my first year of entering the awards. I am also happy to be only one point away from achieving my Associateship with the AIPP within my first year, so hopefully I will achieve that it 2014.

You can view the amazing category winners images, and all the award images here – APPA 2013 Award Images. A big congratulations to Tony Hewitt on winning the Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year 2013, and all the other category winners and finalists. Western Australia really did bring it home with an impressive amount of awards this year.

I will leave you now with the images that I entered into the Australian Awards. I hope you enjoy them.

Peta x

The art of paper making

Silver with Distinction
The art of paper making
Old Town of Lijiang, China

Spiritual Pilgrimage

Silver
Spiritual pilgrimage
Langmusi, China

Butcher

Silver
Portrait of a butcher
Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China

Living on the edge

Silver
Living on the edge
Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska

  • Karen Hinds - October 13, 2013 - 6:34 am

    You sooo deserve the awards Peta! Congratulations! Be very proud as you should be! K xxReplyCancel

  • Meleah Farrell - October 12, 2013 - 1:51 am

    A HUGE congrats! Such a well deserved achievement!
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  • Dean Stewart - October 9, 2013 - 6:30 pm

    Congratulations Peta. You really amaze me with your eye and abilty to capture the moment and so much more. Well done!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jill Stewart - October 9, 2013 - 4:08 pm

    Love these but my favourite is “The Art Of Paper Making”. I think it is such a fabulous image. I love the little man.ReplyCancel

  • William Long - October 9, 2013 - 12:12 pm

    yes – superb 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Mark Galer - October 9, 2013 - 12:10 pm

    I judged this one – loved it then, love it now!ReplyCancel

  • Lorna Henson - October 8, 2013 - 4:04 pm

    Congrats so deserving such beautiful images. So proud of you my gorgeous friend ⭐️ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Gerretzen - October 8, 2013 - 12:52 pm

    Beautiful work Peta! Congratulations to you! xReplyCancel

  • Kirsten Lopez - October 8, 2013 - 11:23 am

    Never fail to be stunned by these images Peta, so powerful, so striking, so much depthReplyCancel

  • Andrea Jurakova Zoll - October 8, 2013 - 10:18 am

    Congrats Peta! Well deserved! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jill Stewart - October 8, 2013 - 10:10 am

    Amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Gapic - October 8, 2013 - 5:28 am

    No wonder you won. Just so stunning. Wow!
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  • Stacy Wilson - October 8, 2013 - 5:13 am

    Well done Peta! Well deserved! Just amazing! ReplyCancel

Earlier this year, I entered the WA Professional Photography Awards in April.  I am only just sharing these images with you now as they were also entered into the Australian Professional Photography Awards which were yet to be judged, so I was unable to share them as it is always best for them to be kept out of public view until the judging has taken place.

I am pleased to share that I received the following awards:-

Silver with Distinction Award – Travel Category
Silver with Distinction Award – Portrait Category
Silver Award – Landscape Category
Silver Award – Travel Category

These images, along with many other amazing award winning images from talented WA Professional Photographers, went on to be exhibited at The Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery in Fremantle.

To view my results from the Australian Professional Photography Awards 2013, click on the following link:- APPA results

Peta x

The art of paper making

Silver with Distinction – Travel Category
The art of paper making
Old Town of Lijiang, China

Butcher

Silver with Distinction – Portrait Category
Portrait of a butcher
Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China

Spiritual Pilgrimage

Silver – Travel Category
Spiritual pilgrimage
Langmusi, China

Living on the edge

Silver – Landscape Category
Living on the edge
Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska

 

  • Trevor Goldsmith - October 12, 2013 - 11:46 am

    Peta, Well done, these are very good, keep it up!ReplyCancel

2012 was the first year that I entered the WA Professional Photography Awards (WAPPAs) as an Accredited Member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP). Actually it was the first time time that I plucked up the courage to enter my images into any awards.

We have so much amazing talent amongst the photographic industry here in WA, that I always doubted whether my images were worthy of entering.

The Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPAs) had been and gone earlier in the year and I decided not to enter but in hindsight, I should have given it a shot.  Isn’t hindsight a wonderful thing!

I never did share the images, or my results from WAPPAs 2012 with you all, so thought now is as good a time as any to share them.

I am pleased to share that I received the following awards:-

Gold Award – Illustrative Category
Silver Award – Landscape Category
Silver Award – Landscape Category
Silver Award – Illustrative Category
Silver Award – Landscape Category

I will admit there were a few tears that day, as I was so shocked to receive a Gold.  Never in a million years would I have expected that.  It took a good few weeks of pinching myself for it to sink in.

Unfortunately, by the time the 2013 APPAs came around, these images had already passed their two year validity date.  When entering images into the APPAs, the images must have been captured within two years of the awards entry closing date.  I will always wonder how these might have gone at APPAs had I not been such a chicken and entered, particularly the one that received Gold, but happy for the valuable lesson that I learnt instead.

Peta x

Dawn

 Gold – Illustrative Category
Dawn
Huangshan Mountain, Anhui Province, China

Misty Morning

Silver – Landscape Category
Misty Morning
Longji Terraced Fields, Longsheng County, Guilin, China

 Silver – Landscape Category
Whisper
From a sleeper train window, China

The Farmer

Silver – Illustrative Category
Minority Farmer
Longsheng County, Guilin, China

Silver – Landscape Category
Solitude
Longsheng County, Guilin, China

I am very excited to share that I am off to Melbourne this Thursday morning, 12 September, for the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography) Awards.

I have entered the WA Professional Photography Awards (WAPPAs) the last couple of years and done well, but this is my first year entering the Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPAs), so fingers crossed!  Feeling a little nervous and wondering whether my print case actually made it there, but looking forward to watching the judging and partaking in all that is APPA fun!

For anyone that has a keen interest in photography, you can watch the Livestream feed of the AIPP Professional Photography Awards on Friday 13 September – Sunday 15 September here at http://aipp.tv/appa13/.  The livefeed is made possible thanks to the generous sponsors Digidirect.  The streaming will be available for approximately 30 days after the awards too, for those that are unable to watch it live but would like to watch it at a later date.

I will share the images that I entered and how I did with you all upon my return.

I am back in the office on Wednesday 18 September, but will be contactable on my mobile 0407 237 487 during this time. If I do not answer, please leave a message, and I will return your call as soon as possible.

Thanks everyone!

Peta x