A week ago I arrived in Queenstown for the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography Awards. I said to my friend Emily Adamson that if I won a category I’d jump into the lake. Thinking that was way too ambitious I decided that I’d do it if I won a gold award instead...
It was my first time entering so I didn’t know to expect. When my first image came up for judging my heart was pounding and I got a total shock when my first image was awarded the first gold of the category and even more surprised when my second image also got a gold. Out of 191 entries in the Portrait Classic category, there were only 4 golds awarded and I got 2 of them! This along with my third image getting a silver made me a finalist for the category. Unfortunately I didn’t win it, but big props to Jo Frances-Moore for taking it out! I also was awarded 3 Silvers and 3 Bronzes as well as being named an Associate of the NZIPP. With the totally incredible and unexpected success of my prints there was no way I couldn’t jump naked. Thanks my friend Fergus Cahill for the photo.
A massive thanks to Mike Hill, thanks so much for all your help through this process, it was so cool to have you print my images and I appreciate your eye and opinion always. Also a huge thanks to James Day & Jake Thomas for all the time you’ve invested into me these past couple of years, I appreciate it so much and am so grateful to have mentors & friends like you.
It has been an incredible ride in the years so far. Entering these awards has taught me so much and I have loved the entire process. I couldn't be happier with how I did, especially with my portrait entries. It has made me so pumped to shoot even better images at my future weddings and I can't wait to come back harder and faster for next year's awards. A big congrats to all the winners out there you are all incredible! :)
I've written the given award, final score, category and some of the judge's comments to the images below so you feel free to read those.