It took a while for this one to arrive but here is my certificate for inclusion in the Top 101 International Landscape Photographs of the Year 2014 – and here’s the image that did the deed
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.
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!
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.
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)
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…
Judging complete in the 2013 International Loupe Awards and I have received two Bronze and one Silver Awards.