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.