Emerging Photographer of the Year

Wow! I can't quite believe it but I was awarded Emerging Photographer of the Year on Thursday night's WA Australian Institute of Professional Photographer 2011 Awards. The awards are WA's most prestigious in the industry, so to say I am chuffed is a bit of an understatement. It's been a wonderfully challenging journey for me to get this far, and to be recognised for it reaffirms that I wouldn't want to be doing anything else for a career! There is some incredible talent in Western Australia and it was hugely inspiring to be amongst fellow photographers who are so passionate and successful in their fields. The winning folios will be on display at the Orangery Gallery in Shenton Park until September 13th. Really worth a peek. James Simmons took out the overall prestigious title of Photographer of the Year award (and the Illustrative Photographer of the Year) with his stunning set of stark and haunting illustrative landscape images in the snow.

Steph King's beautiful fashion and commercial work deservedly saw her win the Commercial Photographer of the Year and Portrait Photographer of the Year as well as the highest scoring print for her billboard portrait. I totally love the way her series challenges the traditional notion of portraiture.

Christian Fletcher was awarded Landscape Photographer of the Year with his breathtaking aerial images that are more reminiscent of abstract paintings than the conventional landscapes.

And one of my most favourite wedding photographs that I remember seeing at the National AIPP awards earlier this year, was recognised and awarded to Amber Simcoe as the best wedding print. It makes me smile every time I see this image.

The WA AIPP John Whitfield-King Award went to Alan McDonald for his image that so beautifully epitomises the Australian myth.

The Illustrative category is always my favourite, particularly because it challenges the viewer with new view points and forces us to ask questions without necessarily giving any concrete answers. John Woodhouse's image that was awarded best print in this category does exactly this and seamlessly blends art and photography into a single striking image.

Up and coming talent to watch out for, Leanne Clements, dazzled judges with her portrayal of the female nude and form with her series that won her Student of the Year award.

Other winners that will all have their folios and images at the Orangery Gallery and really are quite breathtaking are Tina Urie, Erica Serena, Tony Hewitt, Jane Bennett and Jonelle Beveridge.