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Starting the year with a bang!

One of my images which scored a Gold at last year’s New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP) Iris Awards and helped place me as a finalist in the Illustrative Category has been selected as part of the submission to represent New Zealand in the 2015 World Photographic Cup!

Gold Award_NZIPP Epson Iris Awards 2014

Yippie! My image will stand alongside the work of some amazing New Zealand photographers including last year’s NZIPP Photographer of the Year Richard Wood, media darling Holly Spring, fellow Waiheke photographer Blair Quax and awesome wedding shooters Jake Thomas and Jason Naylor (and that’s just to name a few!).

This year there are 27 countries vying for the title so it’s pretty exciting! Cross your fingers for our NZ submission x

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Finalist in the Illustrative Category at the 2014 NZIPP Epson Iris Awards

I’m just returned from this year’s New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers annual Epson Iris Awards and Conference.  I plan to do a post next week on the conference itself which was incredible, but just before Friday-itis-it’s-almost-the-weekend-time-to-leave-the-office hits me, I wanted to share the images of mine which received awards this year.

Associate, Masters and Fellowship medals

Illustrative Category – I received a Gold, Silver with Distinction, Silver and Bronze in this category and was a finalist for the whole category (very exciting!!)

Gold Award_NZIPP Epson Iris Awards 2014

Silver Award, with Distinction_NZIPP Epson Iris Awards 2014

Silver Award_NZIPP Epson Iris Awards 2014

Bronze Award_NZIPP Epson Iris Awards 2014

In the Landscape Category (first time I had entered this category), I received two Silvers

Silver Award_NZIPP Epson Iris Awards 2014

Silver Award_NZIPP Epson Iris Awards 2014

And in the Travel Category I received three bronzes for my efforts, all from images taken during a family holiday in Thailand a couple of years ago.

Bronze Award_NZIPP Epson Iris Awards 2014

Bronze Award_NZIPP Epson Iris Awards 2014

Bronze Award_NZIPP Epson Iris Awards 2014

Below, a few of pics with my pieces as they hung on the wall…  Yippie!

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More about the Conference to follow next week…  Have a great weekend!!

PS  You can see some of the judging process and the Silver Distinction and Gold winners here…


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The 2014 PSNZ North Shore Salon

A few weeks ago I was part of a team of photographers who judged the Photographic Society of New Zealand‘s North Shore Salon.  The PSNZ North Shore Salon is an annual event which is now in it’s 19th year, and although it is run by an ‘amateur’ photographic society, it attracts entries from both amateur, professional and semi-professional photographers.

I was part of the ‘prints team’ who judged physical entries (as opposed to digitally submitted entries) and we had a great day looking at the images, deliberating together (i.e., arguing in the nicest possible manner) and making our selections.  This is the second time I’ve judged this particular competition, and being amongst all those very keen photographers pursuing their art for their own personal pleasure was so refreshing and enjoyable.  You can view all of this years’ winners HERE

Being in that environment made me reflect upon the first competition I entered when I worked for Photography by Woolf.  The Woolf family was always heavily involved and a firm supporter of the PSNZ and as employees we were enthusiastically encouraged to enter the various national competitions.  I still remember my boss’ stunned expression when I opened the results packet from my first ever entry and innocently asked, “What’s the Maadi Cup?”.  It turned out it was the top B&W award and it was pretty much unheard of for it to be won by a first time entrant.

I’ve kind of been hooked on competitions ever since!


I dug through my old neg files for this post and found a ‘reject’ print of my entry in the folder.  The winning image was a portrait of Rebecca, a gorgeous girl I went to school with who had agreed to model for me for my 7th form bursary portfolio.

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Iris awards results!

I have recently returned to the office following a bit of a ‘winter break’ which included attending the NZIPP Iris Awards and Conference, which was held in Auckland this year.  I guess you can tell if someone loves their job or not when their winter ‘shut-down’ basically involves them immersing themselves in their profession!

I am planning another post to have a bit of a debrief about the conference itself (which was excellent), but in the meantime I wanted to do a very brief post to show off my awards!

I received a total of four bronzes this year, two in the Wedding Creative category, one in the Wedding Classic category and one in the Portrait Classic category.  This is what they look like…





And it also came as a bit of a surprise to me to be awarded another bar to my Masters.  This signifies that you have received a total of 10 extra points to the merit system (including at least two silvers) during a four year period.  Bronzes are only worth one point each so I must have had points still stacked up from last year so that was pretty cool… observant few may note that I photographed my shiny thing on a bed of hail, the result of some intense weather that flew through Waiheke this morning… just to show visually how cool it really is. (ahem, sorry just couldn’t help myself).

NZIPP bar to masters_Emma Hughes

Thanks to my lovely (award winning) clients – Toby and Cat, Julika and Nathan, Brenda Long, and Kate and Russell.  You can see all the award winners from the 2013 NZIPP Iris Awards HERE

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Iris is coming…

This is the last week to get entries submitted for the 2013 NZIPP Annual Iris Awards… always a roller-coaster of a ride as photographers submit their favourite images from the year and wait breathlessly to see if a panel of their peers love or loathe them.

Sometimes your efforts are lauded.  Sometimes you feel like you have had the rug pulled out from under you.  Sometime the judges don’t even comment on your image. (This sucks muchly). During the course of the judging you can run the gamut of emotions, feeling at times on a total high or like you just want to crawl into a quiet dark space and wallow…. maybe even disappear for a little while.  Actually some do disappear, but you find them quite easily later in the hotel bar.

In an industry that is populated by the ‘creatively curious’ the awards are a really exciting showcase of evocative and compelling work.  It’s also quite addictive and year after year professional photographers gather to try their luck and enjoy the challenge and process.  And, of course, to hang out with photography friends from all over the country who also make the annual pilgrimage to the awards and convention.

This year, the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers convention is being held in Auckland at The Pullman Hotel from the 1-5th August.  The judging is open to the public so if you are interested you can go and watch the proceedings at the following times;

2013 Iris awards approx timetable
I submitted my entries digitally last week and Lance is now frantically matting the prints for delivery this week.   This year I had my images printed by Lee-Ann at Tawa Imaging who did a spectacular job as always.  (Lee-Ann does all my canvas printing for my portrait clients but this is the first year I have got her to do my award entries).

The 2012 NZIPP Iris Awards Touring Exhibition was part of the Auckland Festival of Photography this year and a couple of my award winning images were on display (please excuse the dodgy Instagram iphone pics!  Highly professional.).  If you are interested in seeing all the winners from last years awards you can do so HERE.

nzipp 2013 taveling exhibition

Good luck to everyone who enters this year.  xx

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Happy Valentine’s Day Waiheke!!

This beautiful bouquet from Vicki at Wildflower is absolutely FREE to the first person who comes into the Emma Hughes Photography gallery (cnr Oceanview Rd and Tui St) and asks for it!  I used it in a workshop shoot yesterday down at Little Oneroa but it now needs a new home and Valentine’s day is the perfect day to give it away.  Be in QUICK!

Yesterday was a big day, as we also had the official opening on the Island Five Exhibition, showcasing the award winning work of five Waiheke Island Photographers.  They are Lauretta Quax, Blair Quax, Phillipa Karn, Alice Doig and Emma Hughes (that’s me!).  There’s quite a broad range of phtoography there from weddings work to person portraits and some amazing landscapes.  The exhibition is on at Cable Bay Vineyards until the 24th of February.

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