As a long time member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, I have been involved with its annual peer review (2013 Canon AIPP Professional Photographer of the Year) of Members’ imagery from the second year since its inception thirty-seven years ago. My skill is probably more in the area of assessment as a Judge, but for the past few years I have shown support for the system and entered my own photographs. This year was a reward for solid consistent work.
Congratulations to Tony Hewitt for his win in the Landscape Category and becoming the 2013 Australian Professional Photographer of the Year.
With a limit of four images, I choose to enter both the Landscape and Illustrative Categories. These are my results:
The Road to Skippers Canyon was my most successful with a score of 83 (Silver Award). I had two Judges scoring in the Silver Distinction range, but their arguments fell on deaf ears. 🙂
White Island was my second Landscape entry (and my second New Zealand image) – it also scored a Silver Award. Many thanks to the lovely photographers at Tauranga who arranged such a wonderful trip for me earlier this year.
In the Illustrative Category I chose two Japanese images. Firstly the enigmatic foyer of the Tokyo Opera House scored a Silver Award. This visual interplay with the striking abstract sculpture dominating two pedestrians, is a bit of favourite of mine.
………and then we come to the 73. A classic case of “I wuz robbed“! Photographers are notorious at being unable to assess/judge/choose their own images; but in this case I was certain that it was a winner. Even my very good friend Adam Finch agreed. Adam is more than a good friend, he is a talented Judge within the APPA system and both a talented photographer and has a great skill in getting pixels onto paper via ink. Under the Tracks, Shimbashi was one of those typical Tokyo locations where salarymen go for a welcome drink after work.
APPA is done and dusted, and as I retire to lick my wounds, I am gladdened by the thought that several entrants were given high scores as a result of my assessment and judging. Congratulations to all entrants and see you next year.