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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.

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.