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Success in 2015 NSW AIPP Print Awards

This year in the NSW Australian Institute Professional Photographers (AIPP) Print Awards I decided to enter both landscape and illustrative categories.  I attended the live judging and was blown away to receive so many awards for my prints. I have never achieved a gold award before, so you can imagine my excitement to get two!

The results summary is:

Landscape – Gold, Silver with Distinction & Silver awards

Illustrative – Gold & Silver with Distinction

However, what I was not expecting was that I due to my results over multiple categories that I was awarded 2015 NSW AIPP Creative Photographer of the Year. I also was finalist for the Illustrative Photographer of the Year too!

Wow! a huge result, which now puts pressure on me to see how I fare at the Nationals later in Melbourne later in the year…

Gold - Landscape

Gold – Landscape

Silver with Distinction - Landscape

Silver with Distinction – Landscape

Silver - Landscape

Silver – Landscape

Gold - Illustrative

Gold – Illustrative

Silver with Distinction - Illustrative

Silver with Distinction – Illustrative

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The local paper (The Southern Highlands News) also ran a nice article about me:

Courtesy Southern Highland News 3rd June 2015 © Fairfax Media 2015

Courtesy Southern Highland News 3rd June 2015 © Fairfax Media 2015

Success in the 8th International Colour Awards – Press Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS HONORS PHOTOGRAPHER MARK KELLY FROM AUSTRALIA

LOS ANGELES 22nd April 2015 – Professional  photographer Mark Kelly of Australia was presented with the 8th Annual International Color Awards of three Nominee title in the category of Nature & one Nominee title in category of Fine Art at a prestigious Nomination & Winners Photoshow webcast Saturday, April 18, 2015.

The live online gala was attended by over 8,000 photography fans around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the industry’s most important event for color photography.

8th Annual Jury members included captains of the industry from Christie’s, Paris; Frieze Art Fair, London; DB Agency, Milan; Clair Galerie, Munich; Edinburgh Film Festival; Art Beatus Gallery, Hong Kong; Gup Magazine, Amsterdam; and Eyestorm, London who honored Color Masters with 541 coveted title awards in 33 categories.

“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 7,358 entries we received this year,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. “Mark’s exceptional images entered in the Nature and Fine Arts categories, represents contemporary color photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present him with the title of Nominee.”

INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in color photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in color photography. www.colorawards.com

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Nominee Color Awards - Fine Art

Nominee  8th Color Awards – Fine Art Category

Nominee 8th Color Awards - Nature Category

Nominee 8th Color Awards – Nature Category

Nominee 8th Color Awards - Nature Category

Nominee 8th Color Awards – Nature Category

Nominee 8th Color Awards - Nature Category

Nominee 8th Color Awards – Nature Category

Success in the 9th Black & White Spider Awards – Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS HONORS PHOTOGRAPHER MARK KELLY FROM AUSTRALIA

LOS ANGELES  24th October, 2014 – Professional photographer Mark Kelly of Australia presented with the 9th Annual Black and White Spider Awards One Honorable Mention & Five Nominations in the category at a prestigious Nomination & Winners PhotoShow webcast Saturday, October 18, 2014.

The live online gala was attended by photography fans around the globe who logged on to see the climax of the industry’s most important event for black and white photography.

The awards international Jury included captains of the industry from The Royal Photographic Society, FoMu Fotomuseum, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Torch Gallery, Stockholm City Museum to Fratelli Alinari in Florence who honored Spider Fellows with 298 coveted title awards and 957 nominees in 14 categories.

“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 8,508 entries from 73 countries that we received this year,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. Mark Kelly’s five exceptional images entered in the Professional category, represents black and white photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present him with the following Awards.”

  • Honorable Mention in Architectural | ‘Dark MOFO ‘
  • Nominee in Fine Art | ‘Its Raining’
  • Nominee in Fine Art | ‘Spectra Light Tower’
  • Nominee in Nature | ‘Cape Bruny Lighthouse’
  • Nominee in Still Life | ‘Skull’

You can view the 9th Annual Winners Gallery at  www.thespiderawards.com/gallery/9th

BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in black and white photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in black and white photography.

Contact: Mark Kelly
Email: mk@mkimages.com.au
Website: http://www.mkimages.com.au/

Honorable Mention in Architectural

Honorable Mention in Architectural

Nominee in Fine Art

Nominee in Fine Art

Nominee in Fine Art

Nominee in Fine Art

Nominee in Nature

Nominee in Nature

Nominee in Still Life

Nominee in Still Life

 

 

Thrilled With APPA Results

I entered the Landscape category of the Australian Institute Professional Photography (AIPP) Australian Professional Print Awards (APPA). This annual event is the highlight of the AIPP calendar.  The judging of prints was held in Melbourne as part of the Digital Expo at the Melbourne exhibition centre. It was both nerve-wracking and exciting to sit in the audience and listen to a panel of five esteemed photographers discussing one of my prints – especially when one of the judges challenged the score!

Of the three prints I entered I received scores of 87, 81 & 78 which meant I qualified for a Silver Distinction Award and a Silver Award.

This is a link to one of my blog entries that describes the judging process “the judging process

The standard of the entries was very high and I feel extremely proud to achieve a great result!

Tony Hewitt won the Landscape category with a series of wonderful aerial abstracts, and won the overall Professional Photographer of the Year.

Info from the AIPP’s website can be found here

Silver Distinction - Misty Pines

Silver Distinction Award – Misty Pines

 

Silver -Gnarly Gum

Silver Award -Gnarly Gum

 

No Award - Tangled Mind

No Award – Tangled Mind

My print on display with other award winners

My print on display with other award winners

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2013 Epson International Pano Awards

I just received my results from my three entries to this years Epson International Pano Awards in the open section.

Silver: “A Bridge Too Far”

Bronze: “Oxers Lookout – Karijini NP”

Bronze: “Into Mordor”

600px is not really suitable for viewing these images. Oxers Lookout is a 3m wide print hanging in my gallery space and is just stunning!

Silver - "A Bridge Too Far"

Silver – “A Bridge Too Far”

Bronze - "Oxers Lookout - Karijini NP"

Bronze – “Oxers Lookout – Karijini NP”

Bronze - "Into Mordor"

Bronze – “Into Mordor”

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Sneaky Silver Award

My prints from the recent NSW AIPP Professional Print Awards judging just arrived. When I opened the print case I found a print that I did not see the judging for. This print was awarded a Silver.

Very happy that six of my prints were judged at Silver standard.

I need to build on this excellent result and try to achieve the next level of Silver Distinction, or that allusive Gold!

This image was shot near Kings Canyon NT on Adventures in Oz trip with Peter Eastway and Tony Hewitt. I loved the cloud that just drifted in for literally 5mins and soft pastel colours of sunset, but somehow ended up with the following image. I like to experiment with achieving a different look, and the cloud reflection  just seemed to work.

I think I can improve it by subtly removing some of the symmetry in the tree branches, so that the viewer has to look twice…

Silver Award – “Dragons” – near Kings Canyon, NT Aust

What A Pleasant Surprise – Finalist 2013 NSW AIPP Emerging Photographer of the Year

Last night at the NSW Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP) I was very pleasantly surprised to be announced as a finalist in the Emerging Photographer of the Year.

This is a new category for the NSW State Awards. Also, previously category winners would be picked from the highest aggregate score. Now finalists are chosen based on the aggregate scores. The best collection of prints determines the category winner. Thus it is possible that the category winner may not have the highest aggregate score.

In my previous post I was pleased to announce that I had been awarded Silvers for my prints. The print judging is a very interesting process. A panel of five judges evaluate the prints. Prints are presented under standard lighting conditions. Each judge enters their score. The panel chair announces the combined score. At this point judges can raise a challenge if they feel that the print deserves a different score. The panel chair moderates discussion for and against a revised score. In most cases the challenging judge is trying to convince their colleagues to review a score upwards. Judges then can re-score the print. If a judges score is outside a set band of scores, then this generates an automatic challenge. In this event the same discussion for and against a score revision ensues, however the judges score that triggered the automatic challenge is locked in, and only the other judges get to re-score.

Since these awards are for professional photographers there is an expectation that “professional practice” is your normal standard, so to get an award the work has to include creative and artistic elements beyond normal professional practice. Each state has their own awards which then culminate in the National Event – the APPA’s
(Australian Professional Print Awards) This event is the pinnacle of professional photography in Australia. It is a chance to benchmark your work against the best of the best. Award winners get their photos published in the annual AIPP APPA book.

Mark Kelly Finalist in the 2013 NSW AIPP Emerging Photographer of the Year

Finalist 2013 NSW AIPP Emerging Photographer of the Year

AIPP 2013 NSW Professional Photography Awards

The judging for the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers 2013 NSW Professional Photography Awards was conducted in Canberra last weekend. I was very pleased to receive 5 x Silver Awards in the landscape section.

Oxers Lookout, Karijini NP

Silver Award – Oxers Lookout Karijini NP

Gloomy Day, near Queenstown, New Zealand

Silver Award – Gloomy Day near Queenstown, New Zealand

Tree clings to life on the edge of a billabong in the desert, near Alice Springs, NT Aust

Silver Award – Gnarled Gum on the edge of a billabong near Alice Springs, NT Aust

Tree clings to life on the edge of a billabong in the desert, near Alice Springs, NT Aust

Silver Award – Gnarled Gum on the edge of a billabong near Alice Springs, NT Aust

Tangled tree roots on the edge of a billabong in the desert, near Alice Springs, NT Aust

Silver Award – A Tangled Mind – Gnarled Gumtree roots near Alice Springs, NT Aust

Later I learnt that the last print would be disqualified as it is the same topic as one of the previous trees. I did not notice this had occurred as there was some time between first round of selections and subsequent edits. To be honest I am not overly concerned as at least the judges had thought it worthy of a Silver award.

I have taken some of the judges comments on board already & have started “tweaking” a couple of images for the Nationals (APPA’s). The 2013 APPA will be held in Melbourne in September.

 

Finalist in Photo Masters Cup 2013

I was fortunate to be awarded  as a finalist in the 2013 Photography Masters Cup.

There were 8,521 entrants from 86 countries, so feel pleased with my result.

The image is also from Karijini, but whilst it is a favourite the aspect ratio just would not fit into the collection for our current exhibition at the Milk Factory Gallery.

Emma & I were in Kalamina gorge (one of our favorites) just looking for mini landscapes under our feet. I spotted this & was immediately drawn by the shapes that looked just like mountains. After a couple of frames I then thought actually it looks more like a volcano!

I then decided it needed smoke puffing out the top, so I simply scouted around until I had gathered enough red pebbles of various sizes.

Later, I really got carried away & splashed water & slime from some nearby puddles to add the look of puffy clouds, however it was not as successful as I had first imagined.

Still, I did not really care as I was having fun playing around like a big kid…

 

MARK KELLY “Karijini Volcano”

this is the press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERS CUP HONORS PHOTOGRAPHER MARK KELLY FROM AUSTRALIA

LOS ANGELES (16th Feb 2013) – Photographer Mark Kelly of Australia was presented with the 6th Annual Photography Masters Cup Nominee title in the category of Abstract at a prestigious Nomination & Winners Photoshow. The live online ceremony webcast Saturday, February 16, 2013 was attended by photography fans in 86 countries who logged on to see the climax of the industry’s most important event for color photography.

The awards international Jury included captains of the industry from Phillips de Pury & Company in New York; Kunst Licht Gallery, Shanghai; XPO Gallery, Paris; Tasveer Galleries, India; BFN, Netherlands; to BBH in London who honored Color Masters with 239 coveted title awards in 18 categories.

“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 8,521 entries we received this year,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. Mark’s “Karijini Volcano”, an exceptional image entered in the Abstract category, represents contemporary color photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present him with the title of Nominee.”

INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS, PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERS CUP is the leading international award honoring excellence in color photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in color photography. www.photomasterscup.com.

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Contact: Mark Kelly
Email: mk@mkimages.com.au
Website: www.mkimages.com.au