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!
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
This 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 – 81 Silver – 84
Silver – 80
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.