Well that's a wrap for the WEAPPAS, what an absolute blast it has been, from preparing and printing my images, to sending them off and watching the judging. I have learned so much about image selection and trying to perfect the print. I can certainly say I am proud of the images I entered as they are a reflection of who I am and what I want to say with my work.
Of the three images I entered I received two Silvers and a Silver Distinction. As a first time entrant I am very proud of this as it has allowed me to be seeded for the National Awards later in the year and shows that I can produce work that is above professional standard. This was also the first time I was attending the Presentation night for the awards, which was an amazing experience of meeting other photographers I have looked up to and admired.
Now it can be quite a let down when you meet people that you admire as they can sometimes not live up to your expectations of them. Not so on this night, I have never met a more supportive group of individuals with a common passion. I received so many encouraging words from very well respected photographers in the industry. I was blown away at how a group of people could come together and celebrate the success of each others work when at the same time be in direct competition with them.
It is that supportive network that I have found to be what I have enjoyed the most since joining the AIPP last year and I look forward to the many years ahead.
Next blog post I'll be coming to you from Bali as I chill out for a few days before getting stuck into some serious photography work over there.