Last Wednesday, I attended the South Australian Professional Photography Awards dinner run by the AIPP. During the night all the accredited professional photographers in South Australia donned their evening best and got together to celebrate the past year’s achievements. I’m pictured to the right in the blue shirt.
During the night we awarded the winners of the various categories with their awards and showcased their work for all to see. Congratulations to Hillary Hann for winning not only the accolade of SA Professional Photographer of the year but also SA Contemporary Photographic Art Photographer of the Year, SA Landscape Photographer of the Year, and SA Illustrative Photographer of the Year.
The winner of the SA Creative Professional Photographer of the Year was Gee Greensdale who also scored the SA Highest Scoring Print award for a phtograph she took of a friend of mine who I studied with when I was at TAFE studying photo imaging. Gee’s portfolio opted for a heavily stylised portrait theme where each of her models were dolled up in makeup and processed digitally to create a storied theme in each of her images. The one of my friend (pictured left) scored a 96/100 Gold with distinction award, the only one throughout all categories to do so. The print itself is so much more impressive than the digital version pictured here. This simply does not do it justice.
The SA Wedding Photographer of the Year was won by Kate Ellis with her very strange abstract wedding photographs whcih in my opinion would probably have belonged in the illustrative category or even the Contemporary Photographic Art category. Terry Hann won the SA Documentary Photographer of the Year. Terry is the husband to Hillary, so it’s quite odd having most of the awards on offer in South Australia heading to the same family, I’m guessing their trophy cabinet will need an upgrade soon! The SA Portrait Photographer of the Year went to Leanne King. SA Family Photographer of the Year to Karen Pfeiffer and Peter Barnes won both the SA Commercial Professional Photographer of the Year and SA Travel Photographer of the Year accolades.
As I said in a previous blog post I was also quite successful in winning 4 silver awards during the judging process. Two in the illustrative category, one in travel and one in the wedding category. My goal in my photography career is to win a category much like the others I’ve listed above. Entering awards like this is great for inspiration, and networking with other like-minded professional photographers in South Australia. I really learn a lot from my collegues in the photographic profession.