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;
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.
Good luck to everyone who enters this year. xx