This past weekend was the 37th Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards. The APPAs provide a platform for professional photographers to enter images they have produced within the previous 24 months and have them judged by some of the very best talent in the industry.
This was my first time entering the national awards and I am very proud to say that I received 2 awards in the highly competitive wedding category. The first image came from the wedding of Rebecca & Garth in Yamba earlier this year, featuring a caravan on the main road into Yamba where a local sugar cane farmer sells hay-bales. This image received a silver award. My second image received a Silver Distinction and is from the wedding of Carly & Coady in November last year. This image was taken out the back of Alstonville on a private property. When I first approached the owner for permission to shoot under this tree, his reply was one of bewilderment… ‘What that scraggly ol’ thing? Sure, go ahead!’. That ‘scraggly ol’ tree’ now features prominently on the wall of my studio, as a double page spread in the couple’s wedding album and currently on the Silver Distinction wall at the APPAs in Melbourne.
Congratulations to all of my colleagues who picked up awards over the weekend and good luck to the category winners who are most likely being announced in Melbourne as I write this post.