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.
Silver with Distinction
The art of paper making
Old Town of Lijiang, China
Portrait of a butcher
Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China
Living on the edge
Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska