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NZIPP Iris Award Winner!

I’m squeezing this little post into the end of the week cos it sometimes feels a bit weird to toot my own horn!  I was recently down in Wellington for the annual New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers Iris Awards where I picked up a bronze and two silver awards in the Wedding Classic category.  I usually enter 10 prints over several different categories at the Iris Awards but this year I only entered one wedding category due to being a bit pushed for time (the awards were a couple of months earlier than normal) so I was delighted with my results.

I also judged again this year and for the first time felt kind of comfortable in the role.  That’s OK, it’s only taken 6 years of judging for me to get to this point which I guess shows how seriously the judges take their job!

emma hughes judging at New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers Iris Awards

An Iris Awards panel consists of five judges, and these judges are cycled around by the Panel Chairs who do an exceptional job of ensuring that no judge is sitting before their own work or the work of any other photographer they have opted not to judge.  (You are, of course, not allowed to judge your own work, your spouses work or anyone who works for you, but in addition to this you are able to nominate photographers you do not want to judge.  For me this means choosing not to judge any other professional photographers who are based on Waiheke Island.)

Here are my winning images:

NZIPP Silver Iris AwardNZIPP Silver Iris AwardNZIPP Bronze Award

Thanks to my amazing clients whose beautiful weddings got me my awards; the lovely Nat, (silver award) Den and Doug (Silver Award), and Jeremy (Bronze Award) and his funloving groomsmen… what a bloke won’t do for a cold brew on a hot day, aye? 🙂

You can see all the award winners HERE

Have a great weekend everyone x





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