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.