Each year I enter the APPA's (Australian Professional Photography Awards) as a way to push myself to think outside of the box, improve my skills & hopefully come away with some new fine art images for my collection (and a couple of awards if I am lucky!).
So last Friday (12th September) we travelled to Sydney for the 3 day event to watch the judging in person. The awards alternate between Melbourne & Sydney annually, this year it was held at Luna Park. I felt (along with a lot of my fellow photographers!!) that the judging seemed a lot harsher than in previous years, so I was THRILLED to come away with one silver distinction & two silver awards.
My last image to be judged unfortunately bombed out - and it was the one that I had put the most retouching hours into....go figure! That is the awesome / horrible / exciting / gut wrenching thing about entering APPA - it all depends on the 5 judges sitting in front of that particular image at that particular time. You just never know! I must admit though, you do learn a whole lot from the negative comments - and hopefully that feedback will help me create even better entries for 2015.
For portrait category there were 3 judging rooms going at the same time, with a panel of 5 judges in each that were rotated regularly. I do ask myself each year why the hell I put myself through watching it 'live' (as I feel like I want to vomit for most part of the day until all of my images have been viewed!) but to be present in the room when a FANTASTIC image comes up, to hear the comments, to see the print in the flesh - that is such a learning curve & so inspiring.
A big congratulations to each of the category winners for 2014 - very well deserved & your talent is a big kick up the bum to the rest of us to push ourselves even more next year! (If you are interested in seeing the APPA 2014 winners head on over to the AIPP website: Canon AIPP National Awards
Here are my 3 images below...and my 'dud' which I still love anyway ;)
Bring on Melbourne in 2015!!