AWARDS APPA – the best of the best


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Find out what it takes to be crowned Aus­tralia’s best pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher, beat­ing off a 500-strong field.

It’s quite an achieve­ment to be judged Aus­tralia’s top pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher, es­pe­cially when you’re com­pet­ing against an­other 500 of the coun­try’s hot shots.

Mel­bourne-based por­trait pho­tog­ra­pher Keren Do­bia is cur­rently Aus­tralia’s reign­ing AIPP Aus­tralian Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­pher Of The Year. Her port­fo­lio of four prints – re­pro­duced here – beat a field of 2000 sub­mis­sions from 500 pro­fes­sion­als in the 2017 Aus­tralian Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phy Awards (APPAs). Keren also works as a creative di­rec­tor for the­atri­cal pro­duc­tions: de­sign­ing, cre­at­ing and sourc­ing cos­tumes and sets. You can see the the­atri­cal in­flu­ences in her re­mark­able por­traits.

Keren Do­bia is a grad­u­ate of NMIT Di­ploma of Pho­toimag­ing and now lec­tures at Mel­bourne Polytech­nic and RMIT. She has pre­vi­ously ex­hib­ited her work in a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent galleries, most no­tably at Ob­scura Gallery – a fine-art pho­tog­ra­phy gallery in St. Kilda, Mel­bourne. She says her pas­sion for the vis­ual arts has driven her to cre­ate her dra­matic and emo­tive im­agery.

“My back­ground in paint­ing and draw­ing has al­lowed me to blur the line be­tween pho­tog­ra­phy and il­lus­tra­tion,” she ex­plains.

To be el­i­gi­ble for the ti­tle of Aus­tralian Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­pher Of The Year, pho­tog­ra­phers must first win an APPA cat­e­gory. Not sur­pris­ingly, Keren won the por­trait cat­e­gory in the 2017 Awards. A panel of ex­perts then fur­ther anony­mously as­sesses all cat­e­gory win­ners’ work side-by-side to de­ter­mine the over­all win­ner. In­no­va­tion, con­tent, cre­ativ­ity, tech­ni­cal ex­cel­lence and im­pact are the key cri­te­ria when the im­ages are re-as­sessed.

Pho­tog­ra­phy by Keren Do­bia, 2017 AIPP Aus­tralian Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­pher Of The Year. These im­ages won the 2017 AIPP Aus­tralian Por­trait Pho­tog­ra­pher Of The Year cat­e­gory.

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