I just returned from Melbourne where I went to watch the judging of the Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPAs) where I managed to achieve 3 Silver awards… Of course I submitted 4 Gold with distinction images from one of my many trips to Bhutan, but something happened to them on the way over and they transformed to three silvers and one bombed out completely at 78 (No award, Silver award starts at 80 points).
The judging was certainly fierce, and there were no free rides handed out. I look back on many of my past entries that got easy silvers, and I doubt they would even get a look in now. I think that really shows how the standard of photography in Australia has risen, my own with it I hope, and the competition is now very intense.
This event is really an great way of keeping my ego under control and ensuring I don’t get carried away with myself…. I’ve been a member of the AIPP for well over 12 years now, in fact I joined in 2002 or 2003, and I have entered the awards a few times but I have never actually been to the event to witness the judging.
It was certainly an eye opener for me to see the sheer quality and diversity of Australian professional Photographers and besides having my ego crushed by the judges, the whole thing was immensely inspiring. I met lots of great people that I had heard of and whose work I have admired from afar for a long time.
The three images above are the ones that made it over the line into Silver awards, and the one to the left here didn’t. It’s still my favourite though.