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Image Nation Photography Conference
Had an amazing time at the Image Nation Photography Conference on the weekend. The event provided an invaluable opportunity to hear talented and inspiring presenters from Australasia as well as industry experts. Very insightful talks from award winning photographer Dean Zillwood , outstanding time-lapse by Joseph Michael, under water photography by Richard Robinson, beautiful portraits by Emma Bass and extreme sport photography by Mark Watson!
WW II Veterans Portrait Project
On Anzac Day, 25 April 2014, I will be visiting Blenhaim to take part in a major national project by the The New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography [NZIPP] to create portraits of New Zealand’s World War Two veterans. The photographic portraits will be gifted by the NZIPP to the Royal New Zealand RSA as part of 2015 centenary ceremonies. The portraits will also be publicly displayed at locations around New Zealand as part of a commemorative touring exhibition.
Photographing our WWII veterans is vitally important. Not only will the resulting body of work make an immense contribution to New Zealand’s national archives during the centenary commemorations of WWI, but the act of taking the photographs will show our veterans that they are remembered and that the sacrifices they made for the freedom of us all is still honoured.
On Anzac Day this year, NZIPP members will combine efforts nationally to make portraits of New Zealand’s last surviving World War II veterans. On April 25th, over 3,000 World War II veterans will attend ANZAC day services at more than 140 venues around New Zealand. Our hope is to make a portrait of every one of those veterans.
The Chief Executive of the Royal New Zealand RSA, David Moger, believes that the project will result in a collection of national significance.
“Not only will the body of work make an immense contribution to New Zealand’s national archives during the centenary commemorations of WWI, but the act of taking the photographs will show our veterans that they are remembered and that the sacrifices they made for the freedom of us all is still honoured,” David says.
Here is an article clip from the Blenhaim Sun April 16 edition:
Judging at the North Shore Photographic Society
It was a great honour to be the judge at the Open competition of the North Shore Photographic Society last night! Some beautiful prints and digital images were presented by members and lost of Honours. Thanks again for giving me the opportunity to train and become a qualify judge for PSNZ [Photographic Society of New Zealand] .
Have just returned from Melbourne where I was fortunate to visit the Edward Steichen & Art Deco Fashion exhibition currently showing at National Gallery of Victoria [NGV] This beautiful exhibition has more than 200 photographs on display. It captures the golden age of fashion and photography showing the sophistication and elegance of fashion in stunning monochrome photographs! During the period 1923 – 1938, Edward Steichen was the chief photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair: fashion’s most influential and glamorous magazines. Steichen created photos which were imaginative portraits of style talent and glamour. His amazing and groundbreaking work revolutionised fashion photography and subsequently influenced generations photographers worldwide.
During my stay in Melbourne I also met for a quick chat with photographer Bob Van Der Toorren who operates from the prestigious Block Arcade since 1978. In the early days when he started working in photography, he once shot twelve wedding in one day! Van Der Toorren had was equipped with only one flash light from the studio that employed him at the time “due to the high cost”. On a typical wedding, he was given only twelve negative sheets and was expected to create at least eight usable wedding photographs out of these. Bob was the first ever student in the southern hemisphere to graduate with a “Associate Diploma in Illustrative Photography”. He is an Accredited Full Member of Australian Institute of Professional Photography [AIPP], specialising in portraits. An AIPP Certified Photographer, in 2013 Van Der Toorren received Honorary Life Membership from AIPP!
Creative Collaboration for Child Cancer Society
Every week three families in New Zealand are told their child has cancer. By providing much needed help and daily support, the Child Cancer Foundation ensures each child and their family never feels alone.
The Foundation supports each child and family throughout treatment and subsequent transition back into the community, offering care, information to reduce the impact of child cancer. The objective of the project is a creative collaboration with top New Zealand Fashion Designers, Photographers, Makeup Artists, Hairstylists and Models who generously giving their time, skills and talent to do a professional Photo-Shoot followed with a unique Fashion Show Fundraiser!
Fundraiser is scheduled for Sunday November 24th 2013 – get your tickets here.
Here are beautiful photos to lead up to the event:
See more photos on Wow Photography Facebook page and in this beautiful album!
Creative Collaboration for Child Cancer Foundation
2013 Iris Awards
Very excited about my achievement in this year’s NZIPP Iris awards: two Bronze Awards, six Silver Awards and one Silver with Distinction. In addition to being awarded the Distinction ‘Master of Photography’, I became a finalist at the Portrait Classic and Portrait Creative categories. Being a Master of the NZIPP, I can now use the letters MNZIPP after my name.
The New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography celebrates the excellence across a wide range of photographic genres. It provides opportunity for professional photographer to earn merit awards and recognises the outstanding achievement of a small number of photographers through the major awards: photographer of the year, category finalist, category winner, etc. Categories include: Commercial, Creative, Fusion, Illustrative, Landscape, Photojournalism, Portrait Classic, Portrait Creative, Student/Assistant, Travel, Wedding Album, Wedding Classic and Wedding Creative. There were 1,327 print entries this year so delighted to be part of this amazing group!
I also have achieved success across the ditch in AIPP [Australian Institute of Professional Photography] annual awards where I was awarded two Silver Awards in the Illustrative category and a Silver Distinction Award in the Portrait category, denoting superior in imagination craft and skill.
Conducted by some of Australia’s most recognised photographers, judging for the awards took place over three days at the industry’s annual show. Each of the thousands of images entered was critiqued in detail by an esteemed judging panel. The awards were judged according to originality, creativity, technical skills, quality of printing and presentation. The Awards are the most sought-after accolade in Australian professional photography and the standard rises each year due to the fierce competition. The Australian Professional Photography Awards are open to all Australian and overseas professional photographers. The awards represent the best of the best professional photography in Australia.
Silver Award – Landscape Category
Bronze Award – Travel Category
Silver Award – Landscape Category
Silver Award – Travel Category
Silver Award – Portrait Creative Category
Silver Award – Portrait Classic Category
Bronze Award – Portrait Creative Category
Silver with Distinction Award – Portrait Classic Category
Silver Award – Portrait Classic Category
Check out this amazing blog post
2013 Iris Awards
Have just submitted my entries to NZIPP Annual Iris Awards. this was the culmination of effort to choose the best images out of the tens of thousands of photos which I have in my database. I then retouched them and made a few test prints to see that the final outcome is of the highest quality – only prints are submitted for judging and the ultimate test is to get these right. The final stage is to mount the prints on beautiful matt boards so they can be properly displayed. Eight prints out of the ten photographs were great and two had to be re-printed and re-mounted today.
This was a real roller coaster as so much of my time an attention throughout the past few weeks was dedicated to this mission. Once I received a certain grade in previous years, my aspiration is to exceed and surpass those achievements and to get an even higher score. The benchmarks keeps going up and my demand of myself is to excel as my proficiency becomes better and my technique improves. The overall quality of the photos is extremely high so this is a great opportunity to test my skills and to get acknowledgement from my peers that my art is of highest quality.
The judging is usually a nerve wracking experience and the anticipation is so high that I become really stressed… My top mark in 2012 was Silver with Distinction so I’m now looking for that and more. The process of selection is tedious and I try to consult with others but ultimately, I have to trust myself and my judgement. Some of my entries are very solid and ‘safe’ while others are a bit risky as I have tried a new photography technique called composite where I ‘plant’ a portrait into a scene. The portrait was taken inside my studio and the trick is to place the model in a different environment without making it float in space. It has to look natural with all the light and shadow to create a realistic photograph.
NZIPP is dedicated to championing Professional Photography in New Zealand. It represents the best professional photographers in all disciplines: Portrait, Landscape, Illustrative, Commercial, Wedding, Travel etc.
This year, the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography Iris Award Infocus annual convention will be held in Auckland at The Pullman Hotel from August 1st till August 6th. Judging for the Iris Awards will take place on the first three days August 1-August3, with seminars, workshop and master classes following. The judging is open to the public and all are welcome to view the process, 8:30am-7pm entry is free. This will be a great opportunity to see the top Judges in Australasia articulate their opinions. It is also where the best creative photographic artists in the country present their work. This is a not to be missed event, where you can learn and see the best photography in NZ. The Infocus Conference keynote speakers are American portrait photographer Greg Heisler and Trey Ratcliff.
On August 3rd, NZIPP will be holding an evening with ‘world renowned’ NZ photographer Rachael Hale McKenna which is also a public event ($45/person)
Had a great time and very inspiring experience at the Image Nation conference with Advertising & Illustrative Photographers Association [AIPA] last weekend. Amazing photographers speaking at the conference included Tony Drayton, Alexia Sinclair, Craig Potton and Briar Pacey. Lots of interesting talks and new ideas!