Pho­tog­ra­pher wins top award

Broome Advertiser - - Broome Happenings - Robert Dougherty

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

Pic­ture: David Simmonds

Yane Sotiroski ac­cepts the award.

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