I decided to enter the 2016 AIPP NSW State Awards awards for the first time this year, and experienced a bit of a rollercoaster of emotions on the weekend during the judging. I decided to go into the CATC Design School in Ultimo to watch the judging live. It’s rather harrowing sitting there watching the prints turn around, wondering if the next one will be yours or not. Then when it turns out it is your print the adrenaline starts to race through the body.
I learnt a huge amount from the experience of entering and am pleased to say that I ended up winning the 2016 NSW Emerging Photographer of the Year. I just wanted to thank Adam Williams for his help and advice over my first time entering and congratulate him for winning 2016 NSW Landscape Photographer of the year. I also wanted to congratulate Ignacio Palacios for winning the Science, Wild Life and Wild Places category, and to Pamela Pauline for winning the highest scoring print. Thanks so much also to the incredible Jennifer Stewart for supporting me so much through the process.
Thanks also to my print lab C41 Digital and my framer Bill from Peninsula Reflections for doing amazing work on my prints and matting. I will have no hesitation using these businesses again.
In the end I managed to score 1x Gold image which I was thrilled about, I also scored 1x Silver Distinction and 3x Silvers. These images are the three highest scores that enabled me to win the Emerging award. Looking forward to giving the APPAs a shot later in the year.