I will not lie to you, I’m in shock… Last night I attended the awards night for the Australian Institute of Professional Photography‘s ACT Division. It was my first time entering the awards this year and I was thrilled to be awarded the 2014 AIPP ACT Illustrative Photographer of the Year earlier in the night. Then when it came time to announce the overall award for 2014 AIPP Professional Photographer of the Year, they read my name out!! Total shock.
I’m so excited to share my four highest scoring prints with you here…
It may have been my first time entering but I can honestly say I gave it everything I had, the prints I entered challenged me in so many ways. I was happy enough just to have entered this year, I’ve been afraid to enter in past years (it’s scary putting yourself out there!) and the fact that I made it through the entry process and submitted the prints on time was reason enough to celebrate for me! I went to Sydney last Sunday to watch the judging and I was overwhelmed with the incredibly high standard of entries and decided I’d consider myself extremely lucky if one print scored an award…
So this… This is quite unbelievable. The other category finalists and winners are all people whose work I look up to, who make me want to become a better photographer. Just being among them is a very humbling experience.
Entering these awards was a BIG deal to me this year. Without the support of my amazing husband Bill, the patience of my two sons, and my endlessly generous and supportive parents and family, I would not have been able to enter. And without the moral support and encouragement from my mentor and friend Kelly Tunney, I wouldn’t have entered at all! I’d given up at one stage there and she gave me the not-so-gentle nudge I needed to keep going.
While I have the opportunity I would like to thank my clients – especially those clients I’ve been working with over the last few months. It has been a whirlwind – it’s been my busiest time in general then these awards tipped my workload over into crazy territory. I have been embarrassingly slow to reply to emails, my usually fast turnaround times were longer than I’d have liked, and my website, blog and Facebook page have been sorely neglected… I’m looking forward to catching up and getting back to normal (whatever that is!).
Thank you to the AIPP for putting on such a great show and giving people just like me the opportunity to push ourselves. What a ride it’s been!!