This week has been Perth's equivalent of the Oscars for photographers. It culminated with the Epson Western Australia Professional Photography awards night on Friday where perth's best wedding photographers, portrait photographers and fine art photographers congregated to award and recognise the best in the industry. This was the first time I entered the awards and was staggered and felt very honoured to win the Lauren Fitzsimmons Emerging Talent Award for my folio of these images...
You can view all the winning images and folios at the WA AIPP website here
Or head to the QV.1 Building in Perth where they will be exhibited until Saturday September 11. There really are some incredible images from the best wedding and portrait photographers in Perth as well as incredibly talented fine art and commercial photographers. My absolute favourite was a fascinating image of rooftop life in Bangladesh (at least I think it's Bangladesh!) by James Simmons which deservedly won the overall best print. It's one of those images that I could stare at for hours and find something new each time. It's worth a look close up. The striking and somewhat haunting photographs from Anna Bombardieri, who won Landscape Photographer of the Year, have changed my whole perspective on landscape photography, while Tina Urie's portrait of Sir Ian McKellen captures him in complete harmony with the harsh beauty of Western Australia's outback, unlike any picture I have seen of him before. Quite a stunning series. And I want to steal Alanna Kusin's hand painted print of fish stuffed into stripy blue socks. I have a place on my wall where it would look perfect....but with the work that went it, I can only assume it is a one of a kind and would not go unnoticed if I popped it under my coat, alas.
It is incredibly inspiring to see such talent in Western Australia. Who needs to head to the Eastern States to commission photographers, when we're spitting out this kind of high end stuff here in Perth!