Victorian Professional Photography Awards 2016
I found out that it is very hard to say something eliquate and meaningful in a speech when all that is going through you head is “holy shit holy shit holy shit holy shit holy shit holy shit”. But I will get back to that in a moment.
Everyone enters the awards for different reasons. I first entered as a student two years ago, because well, it was compulsory if you wanted to pass. Wish I could give a more meaningful reason but no. Although just as well it was compulsory as there was nooooooo way I would of entered. I had helped at the previous Victorian and Australian Awards and seen the level of work up close, mind blown. But anyhoo, I entered. Long story short it was an emotional roller coaster. I received awards for each image along with a large dose of constructive criticism. It takes practice to hear criticism without your defenses shooting up I think and it was the first time my work had been critiqued without the critiquer being aware that I was a student. I almost wish I could go back in time and slap myself, as I remember being disappointed that every singe judge didn’t love the images as much as I did. As far as I was concerned these were the best images I had created so far and didn’t yet have confidence in myself to believe I could get any better. *SLAP*
Since then my imagery has gone through a continuing (rather large) learning curve. It started started off with school and then has continued with the AIPP Awards since I’ve decided to use the awards to push myself to try new things and push myself to improve on something from the last awards. My work has a habit of being somewhat polarising. People both in and out of the photographic community either love what I do or are wondering how to get away from me in the most polite way possible. Which works to my favor in the awards as majority of the time while being judged, my images have been discussed and both the positive feedback and criticism has helped help in improving my skill set and how I present and communicate my ideas and creativity. Don’t get me wrong, I still innately want the judges to love the images, you don’t enter images hoping for them to bomb! But I’ve definitely accepted that not everyone is going to love my work all of the time and that’s more than OK. I would drive myself nuts and probably everyone in my 3 metre radius if I ever aimed for that again.
So getting back to “oh shit oh shit oh shit”. I was awarded Victorian AIPP Emerging Photographer of the Year and The Epson Signature Worthy Print. *HAPPY DANCE* On the night I was a little too overwhelmed to thank everyone properly during the speeches as I had a fear that I would go on and on and on and on and on and end up thanking my rabbit. #awkward Hopefully I managed to find everyone after for a big mega thankful hug but just want to mention a few people here….
Thankful to: All the volunteers. The judges for handing my heart with care and giving articulate feedback. All the sponsors but especially Epson the major sponsor and Kodak who sponsored my award. The Vic Counsel for organising the critiques leading up to the awards and the dinner. AIPP staff. The fellow entrants/photographers for contributing to what was a most excellent, educational, inspiring, bonza (and any other world that describes a generally kickarse time) few days. My Family!! And all my friends outside of the photographic community who could not be more supportive if they tried. For all my clients and friends who have let me near their pets with a camera. My mentor David Simmonds 🙂 Steve Scalone and Christopher Ian for providing feedback on my images, you too were the only ones I got the guts to show my images too before the awards (something that I need to work on) To Steve (again!) for assisting in making the finishing touches and printing them while I tried (unsuccessfully) to not freak out. The most excellent teachers at Melbourne Polytechnic who laid the deep foundations of everything that I can do and remain mega supportive.
If you want to see some lovvvely work then go here… STAT! Victorian AIPP State Award Winners
(Thanks Chris for taking these photos!)
Till the National Awards… xoxo