awards.. (i see you baby.. shakin’ that ass)..

So..  We just arrived home last night from Melbourne after a very full-on weekend at the AIPP APPA (Australian Institute of Professional Photographers – Australian Professional Photography Awards)..   Lots of judging, lots of checking out other people’s work, lots of nerves while the panel judges discuss your print, & lots of meeting new friends, lots of partying networking.. good times.  YES Melbourne was cold, NO.. I did not purchase a man scarf !

The APPA idea is that you print & enter 4 of your most spicy awesome-sauce images & they get judged by a panel of 5 judges that are considered to have sensei ninja status in the pro photography industry in Australia & overseas..  The standard of judging is considered to be pretty damn tough & scores range from “professional standard” (unawarded), to “kickass” (silver/silver distinction), to “is that even real?” (gold), to “i can’t believe it’s not butter” (gold distinction).. So for some perspective, this year there were 2800 ish entries from 750 ish photographers & only 8 prints pulled a gold distinction..  I KNOW!

All category & major awards are then presented during a mega gala dinner on Monday night..  While I have achieved the first level of AIPP honours – ‘Associate’ –  On Monday night I did not receive any major trophies, or lucky door prizes..  not even a meat tray.. But I’m fairly confident that I was a crowd favourite for APPA 2010 “Disco Boogie Master – Best Dance Moves”..

I know of at least 17 people that are keen to know how I went.. so.. here displayed are my award prints for 2010..  (QLD state awards results also noted).. By the reckoning of the above guidelines, I am officially a kickass photographer & pretty stoked to be so..  but i feel like I’m looking down a long tunnel & the light at the end is getting brighter..  the bright lights of..  “I can’t believe it’s not butter” !!

QLD state awards SILVER + APPA SILVER

QLD state awards SILVER + APPA SILVER

APPA SILVER

QLD state awards SILVER DISTINCTION + APPA SILVER DISTINCTION

QLD state awards SILVER

The AIPP is a seriously high quality, high standard driving force for professional photography in Australia & needless to say, they are pretty awesome.. Click here for more info about the AIPP.

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19 June 2010 - 9:12 pm

hailey way cool! you guys are fantastic!! ;)

18 June 2010 - 4:14 pm

Bianca Well, well…. what a fantastic kick ass description! Love your shots, congratulations on your success. You totally rock my friend!

18 June 2010 - 4:02 pm

Deneesy Jerry sucks, it is beautiful..I would want that on my wall as a bridezilla

16 June 2010 - 4:00 pm

Janet Palmer loving your awesomeness…

11 June 2010 - 7:21 pm

thm bring it girlfriend ! these boots were made for moon-walking & that’s just what they’ll do.. & one of these days these boots are gonna moon-walk all over you !

11 June 2010 - 11:37 am

Tenielle Mmmmmm you can smell the butter can’t you (salt reduced of course) SOooooo well deserved……BOOM worthy images, congrats on the awards!!!! Will you be breaking out those moves at WPPI? If so….dance off is on….I’ll be breaking out the robot….fo shiz

10 June 2010 - 12:44 pm

Katrina Congrats Todd! Well deserved awards for an awesome “kickass” photographer!

9 June 2010 - 5:05 pm

Soad congrats! these are awesome-er than awesome shots

9 June 2010 - 1:59 pm

Tina Wagga Wagga get jiggy wit it ..and TRUE that was your print (railway station) I sooo gave someone else credits for that, oh what do i know. LOve it and loved meeting you and your gorgeous wife, you crazy kids x PS tell her she owes me five

9 June 2010 - 1:29 pm

michelle congratulations Disco Boogie Master. the prints are super awesome too :)

9 June 2010 - 12:53 pm

Sally Ogilvie Congratulations Todd – well done – I imagine many many people have said this but…you were robbed!!! Go for gold next time!!!

9 June 2010 - 12:48 pm

Cameron I love that shot on the park bench!

Congratulations on your awards from this year.

9 June 2010 - 12:18 pm

zzrbell Well done!!! The book shop photos were a real hoot! The staff at the gallery still remember us and we even score a bit of VIP treatment. Who says doing wedding photos can’t be fun! Keep those creative juices flowing and keep up the fun factor! The awards are well deserved.

9 June 2010 - 11:57 am

thm that’s a MEGA salute to you Nicola.. thanks for ‘getting it’.. & then educating the other panel members & the crowd.. I knew it was a risky entry.. love your work!

9 June 2010 - 11:45 am

Dan O’Day you will be covered in butter any moment Toodles. It was great “networking” with you in Melbs and congrats again mate, your pictures rock my socks off.. awesome stuff.

9 June 2010 - 11:25 am

Jono I think you should have atleast gotten a white gold (AKA: ‘is that kickass even real?’) award. =) Congrats on the recognition of your kickass pictures, I’m suprised they thought the photos were only butter (little do they know, they aren’t).

9 June 2010 - 11:22 am

Nicola Ooh Todd I didn’t realise the B&W ‘out of focus’ print was yours – it’s gorgeous!! I had the pleasure of judging that one and was very happy to push it to silver. Congratulations on all of your awards.

9 June 2010 - 11:04 am

Christine Pobke WOOT WOOT! i had fun “networking” with you + your hot wife too!! and congrats again on these images… they’re ALRIGHT, i guess. HA! they’re amazeballs! and PS LOL at your “sensei ninja status” comment. so true! hahaha! :)