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APPA Awards 2015 | AIPP

I have had a pretty amazing year in 2015 as far as the awards go!  Firstly with WA Epson Awards – you can see those results here and most recently, the national awards – APPA  (Australian Professional Photography Awards)



I love and hate the awards process! But over the few years I have been entering, it has quickly become a process that to me, is an important one for my growth and development as a professional photographer.

The moment of judgement, when your print comes around, (that moment when your heart is jumping out through your mouth 😮  ) is pretty much the reason to put yourself out there.  The honest, non biased, opinions from 5 industry experts, is something you just cant get from anywhere else.  It is the invaluable scores and comment outcomes that will either have you crying tears of happiness, or curling up on the ground in the fetal position, rocking back and forth.  But at the end of it, the highs and the lows, always brings you back to the same train of thought.  How will I do this better next year.  Something to aim for really gets a person motivated to push on and keep moving in the direction of up!

This year, I have got my best APPA result so far, with one Silver Award, On Silver with distinction Award and one Gold Award.  One print scored a 75, which is a professional standard, but not an award.  To achieve gold for one of my prints, is something I never dreamed even possible.

The web doesn’t really do any images justice (ever) My award images were printed by Perth Pro Lab and the finished product is something I am really proud to show people – thanks Paul!


Family Category – Silver with Distinction – 86


Family Category – Silver Award – 81


Portrait Category – Gold – 92

Seeing as though this image and its gold achievement is definitely a highlight for me, I want to tell you about why it is such a highlight.  I was unsure if my take on this portrait would even be understood, I was pretty scared they would look at it and be completely unhappy with the lack of light on the subjects face.  I was afraid they would miss that this is a portrait of anorexia, not the subject herself.  I was over the moon when the judges dissected this image and the words they said during discussion and how they interpreted it couldn’t have been relayed better if I had written a in depth description for them to read out.   I like to tell stories, I like create images that make you feel something, so to have one succeed on that level, is something I couldn’t be happier about



And lastly, despite scoring 84 at state, this one came in at 75 at APPA.  75 is not an award, but is in the range of Professional Standard.


WA EPSON Professional Photography Awards | AIPP

WA EPSON Professional Photography Awards | AIPP

10 silver awards and 1 gold award

Last week was completely crazy to me!  Every year, each state, has the AIPP Photography Awards, where photographers have printed up to 12 of their images, which are placed in front of a panel of 5 judges – and given a score.

My reasons for entering awards like these, is more of a mission of self improvement.  Clients friends and family always are there supporting me and praising work, but to have 5 industry peers, who don’t know you, give honest critique is really the number one reason to put images out there to get hammered.

Massive thanks to Paul Jarvis at Perth Pro Lab for guiding me through the printing stage – I trusted Paul completely with his suggestions for paper types (honestly, printing images is an art form in itself – so may different results depending on your choices) without Paul’s expert services, these images wouldn’t have looked so lovely in print!

More than thrilled to have to have received awards for 11/12 of my prints – 10 Silver Awards and 1 Gold award

Here is a look at my entries, I wish the web did justice to the prints – but it never does!



Family Category

Images entered in this category must have been taken on paid photo shoots – I love this category the most because it is made up of entries of real work photographers are creating for their clients every day! Because of this, I was super excited to get 4 silver awards

Silver Award - Kellie Blinco PhotographySilver – 83
Silver Award - Kellie Blinco PhotographySilver – 81Silver Award - Kellie Blinco PhotographySilver – 83
Silver Award - Kellie Blinco PhotographySilver – 80

Travel Category 
Silver Award - Kellie Blinco PhotographyThis image was also entered into to the national awards (APPA) last year, and it actually did better there , with a silver distinction at 88. It is one of my favourite images, if you look at the person under the tarp on the end of the boat you can see their hand poking out – all the small details in this print tell such a wonderful story. It scored a silver 82.
Silver Award - Kellie Blinco PhotographySilver – 81 Silver Award - Kellie Blinco PhotographySilver – 84
Silver Award - Kellie Blinco PhotographySilver – 80

Portrait Category – Images entered in this category can be commissioned or noncommissioned work
Silver Award - Kellie Blinco PhotographySilver – 8o
Silver Award - Kellie Blinco PhotographySilver – 81

Gold Award – Portrait Category 

Lastly – but definitely not least, I was shocked to have been awarded a Gold Award. It is something I never thought I would ever be able to achieve! Even if this image did not score well, It will always be one of the most important images I have ever taken.  The model (who wishes to remain nameless so please, if you do know her, respect her wishes) is one of the bravest people I have ever met.  She tells me, the images I took of her, made her see how sick she was and helped save her life.

When I entered this, I was full of fear I hadn’t done a good enough job, telling the story.  I was worried the way I lit the images and the choices I made in creating this, wouldn’t be understood.  When the judges were talking about my image and their interpretations were coming out as if I had written them down for them to read out, I was really happy that my vision was easily told through the photograph.

The image is a portrait of the body and the disease anorexia – highlighting the spine.  The unnamed subject, is hiding her face, in the darkness, representing her shame and her fear.  Her body language with her hands in bound together position is telling the story of how she was living her life and destroying her body, her hands felt tied while she was suffering this disease but she didn’t know any other way.

AIPP Award wining imagesGold 92