International Photography Awards 2016

I missed the announcement on this one!!!  Only saw it when I went to enter this year’s (2017) competition…

I received two honourable mentions in two categories – Self Portrait and People for The Hatters Exit in the 2016 competition.  Not too shabby considering there were 26,000 other images …

 

The Hatters Exit

B&W Spider Awards

Only just got word that I received a few more citations than I had realised during the annual ‘Supremo’ Black and White Awards last year….

I got an Honorable Mention for Kickoff along with two further images that were nominated as contenders for the Architectural and the Still Life Categories not too shabby for 7,500 entries….

 

Kickoff!!

Central Region

 

Circular Paddock

Award Winner – Art of Living Photography show

Just heard I’m a Gallery Award Winner and this image will be exhibited in Berkeley California at the ACCI Gallery …. its also eligible to be selected as a 1st, 2nd or 3rd award placement.  Shot at Dawn in Ubud Market, Bali in May 2017.

Ubud Market at Dawn

Solid Gold and Silver Linings

I’m very appreciative of my peers in the regional arm of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers for giving me a gold and three silver awards for images I submitted into the regional (NSW/ACT) Professional Print Awards in Sydney this past weekend.  Especially gratifying is that the gold was in a category which I have only entered once before.  Here are the images.

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6 nominee images at 2015 B&W Spider Awards

Fortunate news – after having got only 3 images as nominees for awards at the 2014 competition I’ve been fortunate this year to have 6 images nominated (shortlisted) for the 2015 Spider Black and White Awards.  The most encouraging thing is that the images were in a wide variety of categories from ‘Children of the World’, to ‘Fine Art’ as well as ‘People’ and ‘Wildlife’.

 

 

Winner: Fine Art Category – 2015 Stark Awards

I feel very humbled and fortunate that the veritable Stark Awards have awarded me winner of the Fine Art Category of the 2015 competition (with luminaries in the photography firmament judging the competition such as Michael Levin, Scott Kelby, Michael Freeman and Ted Forbes). One of the judges had the following commentary on my image:  “This in my first place selection. While reviewing all the images this was the one that kept pulling me back to look at it. The curve of the branches with the soft focus droplets created a mysterious image and those I find are the most compelling. The photographer has taken a simple subject matter ( one that you and I can see everyday) and elevated it to something unexpected …..the measure of a strong photograph. I also think that the hue of blue combined with added layer of “etching” makes it all the more intriguing . Well done.”

 

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Two Silver Awards APPA 2015

Two of my images have received Silver Awards at the 2015 Australian Professional Print Awards – it’s always a harrowing experience where five Master Photographers of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP) get up to inspect your (physical) print and pass commentary (if you’re lucky!) and their scores… it was a particularly tough year of judging by all accounts.

 

Iceberg Lines Live amongst the dead

Two images voted as Top 101 International Landscape Photographs of the Year

Two images (see below) have been voted to be include in the book published annually of what is considered the Top 101 Landscape Photographs of the Year as voted for by my Landscape Photographer peers – very rewarding, particularly in light of the fact that my images were selected against 2600 others.

 

 

Int Landscape of the year 2015

Iceberg Lines Marble Cathedral

NSW Print Awards: Silvers and Gold….all that glitters!

As part of the Australian Professional Print Awards regional outing I elected to enter two images into categories I’ve not entered before (with much seriousness) ie. Portrait and Illustrative.  I was very surprised and proud to have been given a Silver and a Gold image respectively – a real honour as this is my first Gold Award – and one given by my peers.  In Landscape (my go-to category) I was successful in getting 3 Silver Awards.

International Color Awards finalist

In April I heard that two of my images had been selected as finalists in two categories: Aerial and nature.  One was taken from a chopper in the Kimberleys at Wyndham Airport, the other was taken at the Wombeyan Caves close to where I live in the Southern Highlands NSW.aerial_crossed_lines2-2-2 Wombeyan Caves

Travelled to Antarctica!!!

I travelled in early February to Antarctica via Chile on a workshop with 6 of the finest Landscape photographers around:  Art Wolfe, Jackie Ranken, Christian Fletcher, Charlie Cramer, Joe Cornish and Peter Cox. It was unreal!  Art Wolfe, who has been to Antarctica 20 times, towards the end of the trip remarked “you have no idea how lucky you have been with the weather – I have NEVER had anything like it here before!”  We had glassy water, full moon, catabolic winds, snow….for only 7 days it was superb….I released a book “The Sacred Space” with 20 images printed on a Japanese Washi Paper and bound using Japanese stitching to commemorate the trip.

3 Nominee images at 2014 Spider Awards

3 of my image have been selected as Nominees in the World’s largest and most prestigious Black and White Photo competition.  What was quite reassuring from a photographic evolution viewpoint is that the images were entered into 3 separate categories – Nature, Wildlife and People.  Very pleased!

When the aliens come...

When the aliens come…

Bay of Islands, NZ

Bay of Islands, NZ

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3 Silver Awards at 2014 Professional Print Awards

Following on my one solitary Silver Award at the 2013 Australian Professional Print Awards (the Oscars of Australian Professional Photography) I am very pleased to announce that this year I’ve managed three!  All the images were shot in my new home, the Southern Highlands of NSW.

I learned a crucial thing this year – the first year I’ve been able to sit and watch the judging (five Master Photographers get up to view your print at a range of millimetres!).  I learned to ask the following:  What are you trying to say with this image?  If it can be answered with an adjective, rather than a noun you are taking the viewer into a realm where they can import their own meaning and symbolism and thereby you are INVOLVING the viewer and thus communicating….not just documenting or being literal.  It’s this ‘transporting’ of the viewer that gets awarded.

It will be the lesson for my photography going forward.

leaning barn Berrima

leaning barn Berrima

Wires in the mist

Wires in the mist

Tree in the Snow? Bowral

Tree in the Snow? Bowral

3 Bronze Awards: Epson International Pano Awards

I heard last night that of the 5 images I submitted this year to the Pano awards, 3 were given Bronzes – one in the Built Envinroment category and the other two in the nature section.  Judging was no doubt harsher this year with a particular emphasis on ‘stitched’ ie. multiple images blended together – I am almost exclusively shooting single captures nowadays with the vast dynamic range that Medium Format photography permits so all mine were cropped images – I suffered as a result I’m sure….anyhow, nice to feel the flutter of accomplishment always!

Deadvlei Graphic

Deadvlei Graphic

....don't call me....I'll call you

….don’t call me….I’ll call you

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2 Silver Awards: NSW Professional Print Awards

got word in May that two of my images have received Silver Awards at the NSW Australian Professional Print Awards….one in the Landscape Category (Hut in Berrima) – quite reassuring considering we have only been in the Southern Highlands for a matter of months.  The other was an image of what are called ‘Fairy Circles’ – curious grass circles that run 1000Km down the spine of Namibia – it took Silver in the Travel Category.

 

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Where the Aliens land…

moving to the Southern Highlands

My wife and I have decided that we will be moving the family to Berrima, NSW (think mist, horses, old worlde barns) within three months – Bundeena has been very good to us but we do need to consider the needs of our daughter (there is a school there which we believe might be more appropriate to her needs)

Exhibition at Center for Fine Art Photography (Colorado)

Two of my images (Dolphin Breach in NZ images) and Deadvlei 2 (Namibia) have been accepted for exhibition at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado in the US – I believe I am the only non-American to have been chosen. The Deadvlei image in fact was, very fortunately, given the Jurors Award for the exhibition which takes place in May…

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Deadvlei Graphic