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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.

2014 National AIPP Photography Awards

This weekend saw the 2014 AIPP National Photography Awards being held in Sydney. The AIPP (Australian Institute for Professional Photography) hold these photography awards each year to showcase the best photography Australia has to offer. Each state also holds their own photography awards to showcase more local photography, but this time around, the National photography awards are supposed to showcase the best of the states. Myself, in the past have been reasonably successful in both the states and national competitions winning numerous awards including but not limited to a Gold in the national science category while I was a student photography and more recently second place in the SA state photography awards’ Contemporary Photographic Art category.

I’m pleased to announce that I have added two more awards to my lengthening list of photographic accomplishments. A silver award in both the illustrative and landscape categories, with my other two entries in the wedding and travel categories scored in the high professional practice range.

The way the photography awards work is that there are a panel of 5 judges who are respected professionals in their own right who view each printed image. They each give a score out of 100, and they are then averaged to give a final score. Any score above 80 wins an award. 70 and above is considered professional standard, 80 is a silver award, 85 is silver with distinction, 90 is a gold award and 95 is gold with distinction.

2014 AIPP Photography Awards results

The below two images both scored a respectable 82 in the landscape and illustrative categories. awarding me with two solid silver awards at this year’s AIPP National Awards. As a bit of a side effect of my success over the last few years I may be eligible for an AIPP honour elevating me from a usual accredited AIPP member up to an associate of the AIPP, which would be awesome. I’ll find out about that in the next few weeks.

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.

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.

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.