The results are in and I am very proud to announce that I received two Silver Awards at the recent WPPI 16×20 Print Competition held in Las Vegas. For me, and many other wedding and portrait photographers, these awards are like the Oscars of our industry and I can’t begin to explain how happy I am to have received these awards. I have only recently started entering awards like these and this was the first time for me entering WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International).
Any judging of a creative medium is going to be subjective and largely depend on the selection of judges who are present at the time your image comes up for review. My highest scoring print in last year’s Australian Professional Photography Awards fell two points short of an award at WPPI… and perhaps an image that did well abroad wouldn’t do so well locally. Thankfully this isn’t the driving force that makes me get out of bed each day and do what I do. I love every moment of being a wedding and portrait photographer. Being entrusted to capture the most important moments of people’s lives is a huge honour and I am just thankful to be able to fill my days doing something that I love.
For me the most rewarding part of this job is when I deliver the final product, be it prints or albums, to the client. The look on the faces of brides and grooms as they relive their special day through the pages of a designer album or the look of joy and pride of the face of a mother as she unwraps prints of her children, these are the moments I cherish. These are the moments that will keep me doing what I do for many years to come. And if I continue to pick up a few awards along the way, well that’s just icing on the cake!
From the wedding of Rebecca & Garth, Yamba, March 2013
From the engagement session of Erin & Evan, Lake Ainsworth, Lennox Head, October 2013
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.
Each year the Australian Bridal Industry Academy hosts an awards program unlike many others. Instead of being judged solely on the quality of a few select images by a number of photography peers, the ABIA Awards are judged by REAL clients, reflecting their REAL experience with various bridal industry suppliers.
In 2011, I received an average rating from my clients of 96.28% which resulted in my being a finalist in the NSW Wedding Photographer of the Year category. This was the first year I had entered the awards and I was totally overwhelmed by this result. I would like to thank all of my amazing 2011 couples for this incredible feedback.
Thank you so much for allowing me to play such an important role in your special day. To me, this positive feedback from you means more than anything and I am so pleased that I met or exceeded your expectations. I hope you all enjoy long and happy lives together and that the imagery from your wedding is something you’ll reminisce over often and share with your children and grandchildren in years to come.