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Silver with Distinction at the AIPP 2014 CPA Awards

With today’s judging of portfolios submitted to the 2014 AIPP Contemporary Photographic Art Awards, or CPA Awards for short, it has emerged that the portfolio of images I submitted received a silver with distinction award with a score of 87. My portfolio also happened to be the second highest scoring portfolio of work submitted to the awards, which is quite exciting to have been rated so highly for my work. The competition in this year’s CPA Awards was very tight with an average score given by the judges of 87 across all entries, amazing considering that’s an average of a silver with distinction award. The highest score in the CPA Awards this year was 92 (Gold), and lowest was 84 (Silver).

CPA Awards entries are a portfolio of work consisting of 6 separate photographs that together with an artist statement comes together to form a piece of artistic expression. As such, my wedding photography would have been quite out of place here. Instead my CPA Awards entry was a set of images I had created using a very old technique documenting the passage of time in regards to the motion of the sun through the sky. I think my Artist’s statement I put together for the entry can communicate this better, so here it is below.

CPA Awards artist’s statement

I titled my portfolio ‘Photographing Time’

Modern cameras are able to produce images at an indefatigable rate, so much so that it’s often said that more photographs have been produced within the last 12 months than all images created throughout the rest of human history combined.

This made me think.

Was there a way of slowing down?

That is, to capture a single image that encompasses everything that happens within a time frame akin to that 12 months through which the entirety of human visual artistic endeavour has been more than doubled in depth due to modern photography.

This is a series of images that together represents everything that has happened within frame over the past 12 months. Each image’s exposure time ranges from 1 month through to 8 months in length. The white lines you see are the sun’s star-trail as it moves through the sky during the exposure.

The method by which I achieved this is a process called ‘solorisation’ with my own unique twist I developed through very patient experimentation.

Pinhole cameras were used, made from shortbread tins, duct tape and black spray paint. Instead of using conventional media to capture my images I intentionally used out-of-date photo-sensitive paper that I had baked in an oven in place of traditional film.

Using my homemade equipment, I was able to place my cameras in opportune places and duct tape them in place for months on end, producing my portfolio, and capturing essentially 12 months within 6 frames.

CPA Awards Images

The images were displayed in this order.

CPA Awards Exhibition

If you are eager on seeing some of the most creative photographic portfolios the state has to offer, I suggest heading down to  the AIPP affiliated Light Gallery run by the Center for Creative Photography when the 2014 CPA Awards exhibition officially opens on Friday 20th of June, 6-8pm located at 138 Richmond rd Marleston, SA. If you can’t make it on Friday, the exhibition closes up on the 18th of July and you’re able to visit Monday to Friday from 9-5 and Saturdays 10-3.

Another commendation from National Geographic

Split Point lighthouse

Split point lighthouse, Victoria

Once again, National Geographic has singled out one of my photographs for special exposure through their ‘Your shot’ program for non-National Geographic photographers to submit shots to the prestegeous organisation in order to generate a bit of exposure. For the third time my photograph of the lighthouse at Airey’s Inlet, south of Geelong in Victoria has been graced with an ‘editor’s favourite’ award.

This particular image has been the most successful image of my career, winning one of only two gold awards in the Australian national AIPP photography award’s science category for 2010, It has also won 4th place in the (then) International Aperture award’s science category, now Loupe awards. I only wish I have more time and opportunity to get out there and shoot these type of subjects more often.

National Geographic ‘Your Shot’ program

If you too would like to have a go at being published by national geographic, both online and in their magazines, you simply need to open a free account on the page and start uploading some photos. If you’re lucky you may also recieve feedback from National Geographic photographers and editors on how best to improve your craft.

Sixth Daily Deviation on DeviantArt

I’ve just been awarded my sixth ‘Daily Deviation’ Award on the website that has really laid the foundations of my photographic career, DeviantArt. I have been a member of Deviantart for almost 12 years now, quite an achievement considering the website itself is only just over a year older than that itself. In that time I have used my account to showcase anything I have created from 3D animation, to sketches and of course my Award Winning photography. In fact I’ve probably spent more time on DeviantArt than any other website on the internet over the last 12 years.

I started out with my artistic career, as many other have done on DeviantArt with drawing and digitally colouring Japanese animation (anime) characters, then moved to more design and fine art paintings, and now finally photography. If it weren’t for DeviantArt being there over the last 12 years of my artistic development, I very much doubt I would have had the determination or support I have needed to come as far as I have. DeviantArt is the world’s largest community for artists of any genre, and being awarded a Daily Deviation allows my work to be showcased on the front page for a day, causing any recipient of a Daily Deviation to receive a huge boost of traffic to his or her account page and better exposure of their work. I’ve very privileged to have received the Daily Deviation honour 6 times now, and I appreciate each one.

My sixth Daily Deviation

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My Sixth Daily Deviation is an image I captured at the summit of the Kashima port lookout tower in Japan while I was on a voluntary program to learn about the after effects of the devastating 2011 earthquake and resulting tsunami. The body of work I put together during the trip, including this image was recently ‘highly commended’ by the Australian ministry for the Arts in the government’s inaugural ‘Australian Arts in Asia’ Awards. The image has also won multiple individual honours such as a silver award at both the South Australian and Australian National Institute of Professional Photography Awards.

Recently singled out by National Geographic

Split Point lighthouse

Split point lighthouse, Victoria

National Geographic has recently singled out one of my popular and successful photographs with an ‘Editor’s favourite’ on the National Geographic website. National Geographic as you probably know are not some fly-by-night photography organisation, but are widely regarded as a benchmark for media outlets in the field. This is a fantastic boost for my confidence leading up to the coming South Australian AIPP professional photography awards where I will be entering 10 prints of my work. This particular image of the Split point lighthouse with milky way in the background, south of Geelong has won be numerous awards in the past, including a gold award in the AIPP nationals Science category, and 4th overall in the International Aperture awards science category (currently Loupe awards).

National Geographic may even choose to use this image in an upcoming publication of theirs, as is the purpose of this small award they give. Quite exciting.