We were frustrated, all 30 watchers, when we could not hear what was happening. That eventually changed and we watched photographers throughout the country go on stage to get their awards. (At one point after I posted the link in a number of places we got up to 70 watchers).
I was delighted that Clinton Lloyd from Lovelight Photography was awarded the title of Master and later a Fellow. Two awards in the one year - impressive Clinton. Penny Nicholls was awarded 2 bars to Fellow and Neil and Katherine Williams also were awarded one bar to Fellow each.
Canterbury and Westland won the highest score across 4 prints team event - the Curtis Poole Award - and Clinton and Katherine were on stage with Maria Buhrkuhl and Kim Hamblin for that.
Jason Boa used to be a wedding photographer when I first started 15 years ago and he was given Life Membership for his achievements and service to the NZIPP.
The biggest excitement for Christchurch was Katherine Williams from Tandem Photography and we heard she won. She made a lovely speech that you can see online if you wanted. I love the Facebook message shared by her darling husband:
"Katherine just won the NZIPP wedding album of the year!!!!!! Well done darling"
I had been hoping that our amazing Christchurch photographer Clinton Lloyd was going to win Wedding Creative Photographer of the year. Unfortunately that was not the case. I thought he deserved to win as he is super talented. Anyway, great believer in the saying third time lucky - next year Clinton!
So I think we did well as photographers from Christchurch to win awards this year also included Shar Devine Photography and Kim Hamblin Photography. (Johanna MacDonald Photography also got a couple of awards although she is not a member of NZIPP - I suggested she join - seems like a great organisation).
Tony Stewart works hard on the Honours Committee and did a great job as MC - fantastic work Tony.
I am sure our Christchurch photographers will win even more awards in the 2016 awards - after all we have the best photographers in the country.
Yes I am very biased.