Last week I attended the Australian Professional Photography Awards that were held at Luna Park, Sydney. This was such an exciting time for me as I have been working as part of a team to bring this brand new category to light for the National Awards. This was the first time it was going to be tested out and Im pleased to say it went extremely well for being a brand new category which alot of people are scared to enter when its so new. They arent sure on how well it was going to be received by the judges but all went amazingly luckily.
Entering the awards is not just about receiving awards for me, it is much much more than that. This is a chance for me to push myself more and more each time to capture something truly magnificient and unique each and every time I pick up my camera. Every awards I learn something new from the critique and feedback from the judges also to put into place for next time round. That alone is such a valuable asset to walk away with from these awards.
I am extremely happy to announce that I did receive an award once again for my Birth photography work by acheiving a Silver Distinction Award. I am also very excited to say that for the new category I also was the first person to be awarded the Silver Distinction for the Birth Category. There was no GOLD awarded to anyone this time so it is the highest level achieved in the category alone.
Wow is an understatement! It has always be a dream of mine to be up against my idols in photography in both Australia and Internationally. I set myself a goal to get awarded atleast a silver from the Australian Professional Photography Awards being held in Melbourne last weekend. I have worked so hard to continue building my skills in what I love, that being photography. One area that I have a passion for is Birth Sessions. I love that I can have the opportunity to tell a story of ones labour through to the birth of a new life into this world. I love all the emotions that go along with the birthing experience. I love that I get to capture the expression on the mums face when she gets to see her newborn baby for the first time, the first feed, dads first hold, the first family photo, the first weigh in, first measurements etc etc. These memories are just PRICELESS!!
A dream of mine was to capture a Natural Birth of twins and that dream came true when a friend was able to recommend a client to me that was due to give birth naturally to twins. Yay! I was so so excited to be able to have this opportunity. It was always my goal to submit a series of images for the awards so I could tell the judges the story of the twins birth into the world. Sam was definitely a super mum when it came to labour and giving birth to two babies not just one. I take my hat off to her committment to birthing her babies without any pain relief. Well done! The birth was AMAZING and all went to plan so I was able to capture some AMAZING photos for Stuart and Sam but also to submit for the National Awards.
I designed my layout and got all my 4 images printed ready to be matted for the submission, booked my accommodation and airfares to head off to the awards so I could be there for the judging process. This is such a nail biting experience that is for sure. There was 3083 images being judged over 3 days and not all will be awarded. approx 33% make it through for an award. I sat there on friday watching the Illustrative category which was fine as I wasnt in that category. I wasnt nervous at all.
Come Saturday morning when the judging for family was starting at 8am in 2 rooms. This was my day! My legs were shaking, my stomach was churning and I was hanging off the edge of my seat waiting for them to turn my image around to judge! Intense to say the least! There is a panel of 5 judges from all different genres of photography to give it a fair all round judging. If the Image scores 80-84 its a Silver, 85-89 is Silver Distinction, 90-94 is Gold, 95-100 is Gold Distinction. Well mine scored 68,69,78,85. I have figured that its extremely hard to get any newborns images to score a silver and the same for maternity as they arent as unique and very common images to be entered. So my answer to that is I wont be entering that genre again lol. One of my birth stories missed being reviewed for Silver by only 1 point.
I had 3 judges tell me that I shouldve entered my birth stories into the Documentary category instead of the Family category which now makes sense. As most may know that the lighting in a birth suite is usually very little or awful lighting so its hard to set the lighting up how it needs to be due to the circumstances at the time. In the family category the lighting is judged whereas in the Documentary category the lighting isnt judged due to the nature of being documentary and not usually having the time to set the lighting to the right exposure. So now I know for next year so I can hopefully scored higher points Bring it on!
To give you some statistics on the images entered and what they were awarded I will list them for you to give you an idea on how hard it is to received a Silver Distinction like I did for one of my Birth stories.
For the Australian Professional Photography Awards there was 3083 entries in total, with 962 images awarded silver (31.32% of the total entries), 244 awarded Silver Distinction (7.94%), 87 Gold Awards (2.83%) and only 7 Gold Distinction (0.23% pf images entered)
So that gives you an idea of how hard the competition is to get what I got. I was in the 7.94% to get a Silver Distinction Award! How proud I am to receive it too! Thanks for everyones support to get where I am today achieving my lifelong dream of being a professional photographer.
I am so passionate about what I do and feel so proud when I hear my clients raving about their images to their friends and family. I love all the little nice comments on my facebook pages. It truly makes my day!
I have posted my images below that I decided to enter in the awards. All I can say is BRING ON NEXT YEAR!!! I want to go out with a bang in 2014!
I hope you enjoy checking out the images and if you are looking for a photograher for your Birth, Wedding, Glamour, Newborn, Maternity or any other session please contact me and I will be only to happy to capture some amazing memories for you to look at for many years to come!
This first image is my winning image scoring 85 Silver Distinction!
This is my second image scoring 78 Bronze Award
This is my 3rd Image scoring 69 (very hard competition to get a newborn image through to silver or above)
This is my 4th image scoring 68 (the judges don't seem to understand maternity images as majority of maternity entries didnt make it to silver )
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