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2015 NZIPP Iris Awards and Conference is almost here…

Today I am in the air on my way to the 2015 New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers Iris Awards and Conference, which this year is being held in Queenstown (and according to some other NZIPPers who are already there is rather chilly so that might be a bit of a rude shock after a quite temperate week here on beautiful Waiheke!).

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The Island is pretty well represented this year at the conference with Waiheke photographers Blair Quax, Alice Doig, Michelle Hepburn and myself all making the journey down south to kick up our heels, ahem, I mean knuckle down to furthering our photographic prowess.

But before the conference begins, the Epson Iris Awards will be taking place.  This is always an exciting and exhausting few days.  This year I am on the judging panel again and am really looking forward to seeing the amazing images that I know will come before us.  If you have entered, the very best of luck…  it takes guts to have your work judged in a public arena like this one, so you are already a champion just for having the courage to do it.

Here’s the judging calendar…

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See ya there!

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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!

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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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NZIPP Infocus Conference round up

Like a lot of creatives I know, I believe strongly in ongoing education and continuing to push myself both personally and photographically – I love the quote from hip hop artist/poet Dessa, “education is the clay on which the imagination acts” and try to not let my creative mind sit idle too long.

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One way I do this is by attending the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers (NZIPP) conference every year. This conference follows on from the annual print awards and is always well worth the price of the ticket.

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I’ve been to a few conferences now and I’ve got to admit that this year was especially good with presentations by a selection of awesome and inspiring photographers including Aussie wedding and fine art photographer Dan O’Day, International landscape photographic zen master Michael Kenna, and NZ photographers Rachel Callander, and Sara Orme plus a ‘shoot out’ involving the incredible Esther Bunning, Richard Wood and Aussie photographer Kylie Lyons.


Dan O Day kept the laughs and the inspiration rolling


The two highlights for me were the lovely and very inspiring Rachel Callander and the inimitable Dan-O’Day (just view his Phase Onesies videos with the equally excellent Todd Hunter McGaw to get the jist of how much of a laugh he was to have at the conference!).

Richard Wood getting his Goldie on

Esther creating one of her amazing double exposures

Kylie showing us how it’s done in the editing suite

Like previous years, I came away feeling challenged on loads of things within my business and personal growth, and also with a contented sense of belonging to a beautiful, artistic, connected community.  The whole conference was excellent… next year is in Queenstown so if you are a professional photographer, book it into your calendar… you won’t regret it.


Alice and I trying our best to teach Blair the “Waiheke Represent!” sign 😀





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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!!)

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

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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.

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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).

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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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