My goal for this year was to get a gold award..  I’ve been entering prints into the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography), Australian & State level print awards since 2008, & received a bunch of silver awards, a couple of silvers with distinction, but never the elusive big G.. [check here for last year’s results].. This year, simply,  I’d be stoked with a gold..

I knew I was aiming high – you’re only allowed to enter 4 prints, & a Gold award is not dished out willy-nilly.. it’s a serious affair.. This year, from about 3200 prints, 70 Gold awards were recognized.. that’s about 2%.  I’ve aimed high before, & fallen flat on my face, but failure promotes learning, & learn I did – & I’m learning every day, about being a photographer, about being a husband, & about the difficulty of being a ninja samurai in modern city life..

This year has been (& still is being), pretty kickass for me.. & I’m thankful every day for my amazing life.. I get to travel far & wide doing a job I love, I’m blessed with a great family & awesome friends, I have total creative freedom in my work, we have amazing clients that appreciate passion & creative expression, I’m AIPP Queensland Wedding Photographer of the Year.. I’m a very lucky boy.

I also received my first Gold print award this year at the national awards.. & yes, there was a plethora of high fives & victory laps – but the prize of prizes I hold most precious resides in my heart, the person that enables me to be who I am, the person that loves me, encourages me, pushes me, & also pulls me back down to earth..  it’s Batman Alyda McGaw.. she is the one.. she’s awesome to the power of infinity.. & the prettiest girl in the class  :)


queensland wedding photographer of the year

APPA GOLD, + QLD Silver w/ Distinction

New Zealand wedding

APPA Silver w/ Distinction, + QLD Silver award

brisbane wedding photographer

APPA Silver w/ Distinction

award winning photographer

QLD Silver award

todd hunter mcgaw

APPA Silver w/ Distinction, + QLD Silver w/ Distiction

new york city

QLD Silver award

new york city

QLD Silver award


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13 July 2011 - 11:54 am

Jono While there is already a plethora of blog love, I find myself compelled to add. Congrats, to the both of you. May you have many children… I mean Gold Awards. #bloglove

12 July 2011 - 10:34 pm

Justin Congrats to the McGaw team. Items of radness indeed :-)

12 July 2011 - 4:35 am

Sandra Wilkinson Congrats on the Gold award and the title!! And also to Layds – she’s a good one. Love the city-scapes.

10 July 2011 - 3:04 pm

Kyle How did you do that one in the mirror? That shot is insane. Reminds me of Miss Aniela meets wedding photography.

You guys are so amazing and I love seeing good things happen to you. Congrats, keep on rocking!

10 July 2011 - 12:46 pm

Fernando Kudos dudes. Awesome job!!

9 July 2011 - 11:22 am

DY Congratulations young Jedi, you are now a member of the Jedi Council.

8 July 2011 - 3:58 am

Kelly Tunney Yes it is true, you have the ability to make me cry and laugh at the same time but I’m going to say this… (without any alcohol this time). You just know I respect the living daylights out of you and feel pretty damn cuffed we are great pals. You deserve all this and lots more (to come). Loves to you both McGaws

7 July 2011 - 9:18 pm

Deb Great Images we’ve discussed but how you openly share your love for one another is a beautiful thing to be a part of. Todd you inspire us to be more open and tell each other every day how we feel. Alyda you deserve every part of his words. You both need to make babies to bring into this world to spread the love further :D

7 July 2011 - 8:19 pm

Jason Yey, well done Todd!! Don’t forget the inspiration you give to us mere mortals – keep on rockin’ buddy! :o)

7 July 2011 - 6:11 pm

Suz Hurrah! T said it all guys – serious congrats to you both and those judges have some amazing taste! It’s all the more deserved knowing that you guys are one hellavan awesome couple of peeps!

7 July 2011 - 4:23 pm

It’s me Dan i love you man…. congrats on being recognized for your level of infinity this year. For now i am happy for you, but for future, I may have to stab you in your sleep (and obviously kiss the corpse before it gets too gold… i mean, cold.) #I realize this post may not be approved by the author ;)

7 July 2011 - 4:08 pm

Tenielle Genius talent + Down to Earth + Incredible lovely generous people + A helluva lot of hard work + Creative Ninja’s = getting the respect and recognition you deserve!! Props guys!!

7 July 2011 - 2:25 pm

Kellee Congratulations! All brilliant shots!

7 July 2011 - 1:53 pm

Jakob High fives! Very well deserved, guys.

7 July 2011 - 1:23 pm

hailey Aw you guys are the best! Congrats – beautiful images!

7 July 2011 - 1:07 pm

michelle huge congratulations :)

7 July 2011 - 1:03 pm

tahlee I love how in love you are. I love your gratitude. And I love your work.

7 July 2011 - 12:57 pm

janine kaye well deserved! xxx

7 July 2011 - 12:56 pm

Phuong Congratulations guys! such awesome talent + creativity – i love how you see the world. xx

7 July 2011 - 12:52 pm

Lisa OMG I love the mirror one… Amazing. Great job all round.

7 July 2011 - 12:29 pm

Mike & Kylee Your creativity inspires me. Each time I see your work I am left in awe at how you continue to provide gobsmaking, OMFG WOW factor snaps. Well deserved for the gold award. Congratulations to you both. (c:

7 July 2011 - 12:19 pm

Rebecca wow, wow and some more wows. Congratulations!! The b&g on the clifftop is stunning! As is the appa city pic. Actually as are all of them! Well done – well deserved :)

7 July 2011 - 12:11 pm

Belinda Bones Congrats again to you both – Dave and I are so pleased to see that the photo of us got a silver award!!! Awesome blog too, brought a tear to my eye :)

7 July 2011 - 11:49 am

john benavente well deserved guys

7 July 2011 - 11:48 am

Sammy Nawww you guys made me get a tear in my eye. (this does not happen often). You two are adorable and what I love about you two is the love you have for one another. You guys are so friggin sweet and inspiring. Congrats on your awards, so deserved. Loves yous! Xo

7 July 2011 - 11:37 am

Kristen I love the one made up of lots of little photos – super rad!

7 July 2011 - 11:33 am

Kirsty Aksentiew MASSIVE congrats, so very well deserved & some high fives as well :)

13 September 2011 - 7:54 am

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