Ok! So I’m a few months late to the game on this one but I was sitting here this morning thinking to myself –I said it in last weeks blog post and ill say it again– ‘I really would like to blog more.’ I pull myself out of bed try to summon the energy to select a wedding to share and then it hits me! I haven’t blogged about any of the AIPP Awards this year! Win Win, images already selected, all in one place all ready for upload!
Much earlier this year the ACT NSW AIPP Print Awards were held in Sydney, I entered along with a bunch of other extremely talented picture makers. You can never let your guard down at these awards as you never know what amazing images other photographers have been able to create throughout the year so my mantra is “try not to second guess the judges and just enter images that my guts tell me I really really like.” In some cases it works in your favor (in a big way) and other cases completely not in your favour (in a big way) one example is the first image below #67nextprintplease .
I was completely stoked to win the Wedding Category for the local ACT local awards and with entrants like The Infamous Kelly Tunney, this can be no easy feat (*nervous laugh*). We then had the national awards later in the year where millions (ok, hundreds) of photographers met in one arena to have their years’ work judged in front of three rooms of 5 judges, over three days. Just imagine the last montage in “The Karate Kid” where all the different karate dojo’s from around the country gather under one roof and “sweep the leg” to the final face off. Anyway, very, very, very long story short I ended up as a finalist for the National Gong of AIPP Australian Wedding Photographer of the Year along with my fellow finalist Ryan Schembri and the victor James “Jimmons” Simmons (go son)!
Hats off to everyone that put their work out there to be awarded, scrutinised, exposed (pardon the pun) in front of so many. It takes guts (and a bit of cash).