Hope I have that right. Over four or five days (might be more) the members come together and share like no other organisation of a professional nature that I know of it. As a part of that gathering there is the Epson/NZIPPP Iris Professional Photography Awards.
On Sunday morning they announced the finalists. I was very excited as there were more than one Canterbury photographer in the photography of the year finals.
We have such an amazing group of photographers here in Canterbury – Penny Nichols, Anthony Turnham, Tony Stewart, Clinton Lloyd, Katherine Williams and Neil Williams, Shar Devine, Andy Brown, Juliette Capaldi, and Susannah Blatchford, there are probably others that were recognised as well and my apologies if anyone has been missed. I am going to visit their pages now and see what photos I can share. (Hope they are OK with that.)
My Facebook page has shown me that they must work hard and socialise equally as hard. What I think is one of the most exciting parts is that this must give those people starting in the industry something to be a part of and to aspire too. I remember going to a World Conference and winning an award and there is nothing like how you feel having that kind of recognition from your peers. When you hear how much work goes into being recognised within NZIPP – you realise that you can’t be a part-time professional. It has to be your life!
I was delighted that I could watch the announcement last night in a live stream as they gave recognition to Kate Christie and the other photographers who around the country have been a part of the major project to capture photos of our veterans. The importance of this project can be recognised, in that already, some of those veterans have passed on. The photos will be treasured by families forever. An awesome project to be involved in.
The judges within the NZIPP choose three finalists for all these categories and I can only hope that there is a link to see all the winning photos: • Commercial Category • Creative Category • Documentary Category • Fusion Category • Illustrative Category • Landscape Category • Portrait Classic Category • Portrait Creative Category • Student Category • Travel Category • Wedding Classic Category • Wedding Creative Category • Wedding Album Category.
I am honoured to work with professionals and feel confident knowing that as a group they work on ensuring the quality of their work is of the highest standard.
I sent this draft to a couple of photographers to ensure I have my information correct and Clynton Lloyd was such a honey as this is what he provided for me! The link to view all the awarded images is here : http://www.nzipp.org.nz/nzippweb/Default.aspx?tabid=491
Iris Awards 2014
Be warned - you need to have lots of time to look at all the photos!
Here is a few I took from Facebook pages to get you excited.