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Launch of Steven Duncan ART

I’m pleased to announce the launch of Steven Duncan ART, at http://StevenDuncanART.com.

Working in my free time recently, I’ve developed a website dedicated to the art side of my photography. SvenStudios.com is now wholly dedicated to the wedding photography and event coverage side of my business, where at Steven Duncan ART will be dedicated to Fine Art prints. I’m an award winning photographer in not only wedding photography, but also Landscape, Illustrative, and even Science photography. I also like to dabble in digital painting and concept art.

Steven Duncan ART

Steven Duncan ART

Steven Duncan ART will showcase all my my fine art pieces I produce while not shooting weddings. I’m also a huge fan of digital painting and concept art, so I’ll also be using the site for that. I understood that the majority of visitors to SvenStudios were looking for their wedding photographer, as opposed to a fine art landscape photographer, which is the reason for developing this new website.

If you’re looking for a nice fine art print of a landscape, or painting I’ve developed, Steven Duncan ART also provides a secure shop to buy prints.

If you’re a fan of landscape or fine art photography, or just my photography and art in general, please visit Steven Duncan ART, and please support me by liking the Steven Duncan ART Facebook page.

Associate of the AIPP Awarded

As a result of my recent success at the National AIPP Photography Awards I have been conferred the status and honour of ‘Associate of the Australian Institute for Professional Photography (AIPP)’ which means my photography has been of a consistently high standard over the past few years that I have been a full member of the AIPP that I have ‘gained rank’ if you will. Being an Associate of the AIPP is a step below being a Master Photographer of the AIPP which as a full member of the AIPP for only a few years is quite a difficult goal to attain. However being awarded an Associate status is the first step towards that.

As a result of my new status of an Associate of the AIPP I now have a few more post-nominals to put after my name. Instead of my former status of an ‘accredited professional photographer’ with the post-nominals of ‘APP’ I am now an ‘Associate of the AIPP’ with the post nominals of ‘AAIPP’. Therefore with the addition of all my other post-nominals from completed degrees and whatnot my full name is now ‘Steven Paul Duncan Mteach BA DipCIT AAIPP’ bit of a mouthful eh? Perhaps in the future I’d like to add a pHD to the list 🙂

The honour of becoming an Associate of the AIPP reaffirms my belief that the standard of my photography is of a high level and that my clients can rest assured that if they choose me as their photographer they are getting an industry recognised photographer of a high calibre.

Associate of the AIPP

To showcase my new title I’ve been sent a certificate detailing the honour and a yellow ribbon with medal that I will now wear at future formal AIPP mixers such as Awards dinners. Master photographers wear a red ribbon while grandmasters wear black.

Favourite on National Geographic

For the 4th time I’ve been featured on the National Geographic ‘Your Shot’ website, but this time for a different image. The first 3 times I had been showcased for my lighthouse and galaxy image, but this time an image I shot on my trip in 2011 to the north island of New Zealand. It’s the road running past the Tongariro volcanic complex on the Central Plateau of the North Island of New Zealand – or the reverse side of the view filmed and used as Mordor in the Lord of the Rings films.

While this hnour isn’t going to make me super famous, it’s always nice to gain recognition by National geographic photography editors. In this case Daniel Westergren, the director of photography for National Geographic Traveler magazine. So that’s pretty cool.

1:1 Collective SALA exhibition

I’m excited to announce that I will be exhibiting as part of the 1:1 Collective SALA exhibition taking place at the JPE Design StudioLevel 4/19 Gilles Street, Adelaide.

Opening night is on the 8th of August, 5:30pm and will include free wine and a collection of 28 1:1 ratio (square in layman’s terms) pieces of photographic art by some of the biggest names in creative art photography South Australia has to offer. For more information, head over to the SALA Festival page or join the event on Facebook.

I will be showcasing an example in my recent work in photographic matte painting which involves an intricate understanding of the inner workings of photoshop and the concepts of collage to create a single image out of many.

The 1:1 Collective SALA exhibition will be my first exposure to exhibiting on such a prestigious stag, amongst such photographic royalty so I’m very much looking forward to how my contemporary photographic art is received. Hopefully as well as my recent finalist showing at the SA Contemporary Photographic Arts awards where I came runner-up and received a silver with distinction award. The work Ishowed for that however is very different to what will be on display at the 1:1 Collective SALA exhibition.

2 Travel Silvers from the 2014 SAPPA awards

Coming off the back of a very successful silver with distinction showing in this year’s AIPP creative photographic arts awards last week, this weekend brings around the 2014 SAPPA awards. The 2014 SAPPA awards, or ‘South Australian Professional Photography Awards’ is set up much differently to the CPA awards where images are judges individually rather than as part of an overarching portfolio theme.

Today the judging focused mainly on the categories that generally don’t focus on human objects. ie: Landscape, Illustrative and Travel categories. In these 2014 SAPPA awards I entered into the travel and wedding categories, with the wedding category being judged tomorrow. Basically the way the awards work is that a single print is presented to a panel of 5 judges and each of them give a score out of 100. a score over 70 indicates professional practice, 80 a silver award, 85 silver with distinction, 90 for gold and 95 for gold with distinction. Obtaining any score above the 80 scoreline is a huge achievement and a big honour.

2014 SAPPA – Travel category silver awards

I entered the 2014 SAPPA travel category with the maximum allowed 4 prints with images I took around the pacific. 2 images are  from Tasmania, 1 from Tahiti and 1 from Hawaii. I received 2 silver awards from these with the other 2 being judged in the high professional practice range.

81 score at the 2014 SAPPA awards

81 score at the 2014 SAPPA awards

This image I took at wineglass bay whilst on a trip around Tasmania. I achieved the silky effect of the water via a long exposure with a heavy ND filter during the day. The beach itself as an amazing hidden part of Australia only accessible via a tough hilly hike.

 

80 score at the 2014 SAPPA awards

80 score at the 2014 SAPPA awards

This is a scene on the coastline of Honolulu, Hawaii

 

 

 

 

 

2014 SAPPA – Travel category professional practice

79 score at the 2014 SAPPA awards

79 score at the 2014 SAPPA awards

The sofitel hotel in Tahiti.

 

78 score at the 2014 SAPPA awards

78 score at the 2014 SAPPA awards

 

 

A scene in the cradle mountain national park in Tasmania

 

 

 

The 2014 SAPPA awards continue tomorrow at the Marden senior college and the judging is open to the public if you’re interested in gaining an insight into how industry awards work and also to see a marvellous display of the best photography South Australia has to offer. If you can’t make it they are live streaming the judging of the  portrait, wedding and family categories tomorrow here.