AIPP ACT Epson Emerging Photographer of the Year | Canberra portrait photography

Last night was the official opening of the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography) ACT Award Winners’ Exhibition. As my regular readers would know, I recently entered the combined ACT/NSW AIPP print awards for the first time and won three silvers. That was more than good enough for little ol’ me, but then, by some amazing stroke of good fortune, it turned out that my scores were high enough to win me the title of ACT Emerging Photographer of the Year!!!

Talk about stunned. And thrilled. And a whole bunch of other emotions! Going to the print award judging in Sydney was the absolute highlight of my photography career to date, and this award is a wonderful reminder that following your heart 100% is the best way to live your life. It was just a few months ago that I took a huge, scary leap of faith and left my public service career to turn my dream of being a full time professional photographer into reality. And it’s funny to think that just a few years ago my dream was so tightly locked away inside me that I really thought it would always be just a dream. And right now I am just so happy; excited (for the future), inspired (beyond words), and grateful to soooooo many people for so many things, and I don’t want to gush and gush, but I do want to name a few names – Bec, Jesh, Christine, Bob, MJ, Kelly, Dan, Alicia; thank you. <3

So, if you’re in Canberra and you love photography, you simply must go and see the Award Winners’ Exhibition. It’s held at The Artworks gallery in Fyshwick (2 Cumberland Court, 52 Wollongong Street) and is on until May 5. I am completely honoured to have my prints on the wall alongside so many successful and talented Canberra photographers, and I am so, so, so glad I joined the AIPP!

And because it wouldn’t be a proper post without a photo, here’s one I took of my boy this morning while we were out location scouting in this glorious autumn weather.

Heartstory {child photography}


Bec - Love you Katie
So proud of you my friend

Lana - So proud of you!!! You should be shouting this from the rooftops!

Christine Pobke - So proud of you honey… Last night was way too much fun and I loved seeing your prints up on the walls!! :) Congrats again Ms Emerging Photog of the Year!!!! xoxo

gemma troy - Oh Katie, that is so awesome!! congratulations!! your ability to follow your heart and be true to yourself is so inspiring to me. You rock girl! and could that boy of yours get any more beautiful!!!!!!!

Ella Wallace - Congratulations Katie, We are so proud of you! Your work is truly amazing and not only following your dream, but living it is absolutely fantastic.. Well done girlfriend!

nicole akhurst - yayyyyyy katie, I am beyond thrilled to hear this amazing and such deserving news. So proud of you…the sky is the limit girl…its your turn to fly!

Jayne - Congratulations Katie :) All your hard work has been rewarded – beautiful work that was very deserving of such an award. Love your new website as well!

Mona - Oh WOW, that’s HUGE! Well done, you – what an incredible accomplishment, and truly a testament to your genuine talent and hard work. I hope you’ve been shouting this from the rooftops! x

Kylie - Hi Katie,

Just wanted to say how wonderful your photos are. You have amazing talent. I am just starting out having completed a part-time photography course while working part-time in the public service. It is my dream to one day become a “real” photographer and do this for a living. You have inspired me that one day it might happen. Congratulations.


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