2017 ACT AIPP Epson Professional Photographer of the Year

I am the

2017 ACT AIPP Epson Professional Photographer of the Year

I won this by being the

2017 ACT AIPP Documentary Photographer of the Year

I was also fortunate to be a joint winner of the ACT AIPP Highest Scoring Print, an honour shared with fellow photographer Kelly Tunney.

Before I go on I would just like to say congratulations to all the other category winners especially fellow Queanbeyan-ite Lib Ferreira of LibCreative who only started out as a mentoree 4 years ago and has gone from strength to strength with her photography!

I feel very surprised and grateful for this win! I am really quite shocked. I love the fact that the Documentary category won, which requires zero photoshop!

I am also very happy that I created an artwork from all the many WW2 veterans I photographed and that it provoked a very emotional reaction whilst being judged!

Here are my winning images and their captions:

Over a period of 18 months I had the privilege to make portraits of about ~50 WW2 veterans as part of the AIPP Reflections Project. These veterans, men and women are all aged between 85-102. Families registered the names of their veteran family member on the website. I was one of the volunteer photographers around Australia who then contacted veterans’ families in our local area to organise a time to do their portrait. This phone call, for me was fraught with nerves as often many times a voice on the end of the line would say that their veteran family member had died prior to being contacted.
This portrait though using all the images of all the veterans I made over the time has been created to reflect this feeling and the fact that there are only a few veterans left and yet their valour shines through in the medals they had been invested.

This image was entered in the portrait category.

The four following images were submitted into the Documentary category.

Dylan, who lives with ‘Dystonic Quadreplegic Cerebral Palsy with Spasticity, shorter term being Cerebral Palsy seemingly defies gravity in his weekly swimming lesson in a warm water hydrotherapy pool. The warm water helps with his condition by helping his body relax, a welcome relief from his daily life.
My Dad asleep with a family dog Tilly. Dad has Parkinsons and Dementia.
Most Australians have a mobile phone and use them regularly to access social media. The downward gaze and posture of holding the device and peoples’ expressions whilst interacting with their phones was captured over a period of several hours
Mrs Glenys Jollife waits for the Governor General in his study. She is being awarded for her dedication to her sport. Mrs Jolliffe has dementia and is unable to attend the main Investiture Ceremony, that day. Her medal sits on the desk ready for Sir Peter Cosgrove to invest her.

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