Wow this post is late, but better late than never! Let’s flash back to the start of Aug, when this years prestigious New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography Iris Awards took place in Rotorua. The caliber of work presented was utterly amazing as usual, and I came away totally overwhelmed and “fried” creativity from the visual overload. Much like last year it was an emotional roller coster over the 3 days of judging. I may have also been dubbed the “crier” by friends lol, but I don’t mind. I’m a person who picks up on the emotions in a room, and man the air was thick with it this year! We had excitement, joy, astonishment, upset, and even tears from almost everyone in the room from the raw power of one special image. I was privileged to sit and watch friends achieve amazing things, and see some incredible stories being told through the art of photography. Add in the social shenanigans and random late night conversations, and it made for a fantastic few days!
This year I entered 2 images, and managed to come away with one strong Silver award in the Portrait Classic category! Last year Bronze, this year Silver, next year maybe the elusive Gold??! The classic category is aimed at showcasing the talent of professional photographers and reward excellence for creative, in-camera skills rather than post-production techniques. To top off my own award, my son was also featured in an image awarded Gold which was created by the super talented Bianca Duimel, winner of last years Portrait Classic Category. Very proud momma moment to walk the award wall and see him up there twice under Gold and Silver!
Bring on next years awards down in Queenstown!
Here are this years entries.
*Please note that no child was intentionally harmed for the making of this image.
And if your interested in seeing a little teaser of what the judging is like and some of the top images, here a quick video created by the honours council of NZIPP.
Thanks everyone for all the love and support!