Photographer wins top award
A Kimberley snapper has been crowned Australia’s best in landscape photography at the Australian Professional Photography Awards.
Broome’s Yane Sotiroski was awarded the Australian Institute of Professional Photography’s 2017 Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year at the industry night in Melbourne last week.
The photographer submitted four aerial landscape photos of the Kimberley in his win against more than 500 entrants across the competition.
Sotiroski said he was pleased to attend the gala dinner at The Plaza Ballroom on Collins Street and surprised to receive the landscape award sponsored by Fujifilm.
“I look for something a bit exclusive or rare — the photos are all aerial landscape photos, mostly they were abstract images and all from the Kimberley,” he said.
“(The Kimberley’s) colour, shapes and the depth of the landscape is untouched and it’s tidal which changes the landscape as well — it’s just raw beauty, that’s what makes it unique and special.
“I could see from the scoring of my images that I scored quite well, so I thought I’d attend the presentation dinner because it would be good to talk to the other professional photographers and I could possibly be a runner-up.”
Almost 2000 images were judged over three days by industry heavyweights including Jerry Ghionis, Peter Eastway, Peter Rossi and Yervant Zanazanian.
“For me personal winning the award was a long-term goal but in the space of two years of being a member I’ve done it — that’s an achievement in itself I think,” Sotiroski said.
“People look at you a bit differently, they are aware of your capabilities and what you can produce.
“I’m self-taught, so my advice (for new photographers) would be just to keep at it, it’s not rewarding short-term but in the long term if that’s what you want to do — my advice is just to keep going with it.”
AIPP president Vittorio Natoli said the 41st year of the awards was sponsored by Olympus, Aon and Panasonic and represents the best of the best of professional photography in Australia.
“APPA is the only awards in the country that celebrates photography in its original form by valuing the photograph, which in its printed finish displays authenticity and permanency. APPA awarded images display visual literacy with exemplary creativity, vision and craft,” he said.
“The awards process and the institute continue to deliver the highest professional recognition offered in Australia today and recipients of these awards and honours have become industry ambassadors around the world, championing the cause of professional photography.”
A winning landscape photograph of flooded marshes along the Kimberley coast, in March, taken with Great Escape Charter Company. Picture: Yane Sotiroski
Yane Sotiroski accepts the award.