The AIPP Aus­tralian Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phy Awards

The Aus­tralian Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phy Awards this year at­tracted 2000 en­tries from 500 pho­tog­ra­phers, keep­ing a team of ex­pert judg­ing pan­els busy for three days in the chal­leng­ing quest to find the over­all winner.

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This is­sue’s main cover pho­to­graph is by Mel­bournebased pho­tog­ra­pher and cre­ative direc­tor Keren Do­bia, who is the 2017 AIPP Aus­tralian Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­pher Of The Year. Keren’s port­fo­lio also won her the 2017 AIPP Aus­tralian Por­trait Pho­tog­ra­pher Of The Year award. Keren’s port­fo­lio and a se­lec­tion of other win­ning images from the 2017 Aus­tralian Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phy Awards (APPAs) be­gin on page 24.

Por­trait pho­tog­ra­pher Keren Do­bia has been judged Aus­tralia’s top pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher for 2017. Keren – who also works as a cre­ative direc­tor for the­atri­cal pro­duc­tions, de­sign­ing, cre­at­ing and sourc­ing both cos­tumes and sets – is the 2017 AIPP Aus­tralian Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­pher Of The Year.

This year, over 500 pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers sub­mit­ted a col­lec­tion of 2000 images to be judged in the an­nual Aus­tralian Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phy Awards (APPAs).

The na­tional pres­i­dent of the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute Of Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phy (AIPP), Vit­to­rio Na­toli, says the awards rep­re­sent the best-ofthe-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 ex­hibit vis­ual lit­er­acy with ex­em­plary cre­ativ­ity, vi­sion and craft. The awards process and the In­sti­tute con­tinue to de­liver the high­est pro­fes­sional recog­ni­tion of­fered in Aus­tralia to­day and re­cip­i­ents of these awards have be­come in­dus­try am­bas­sadors around the world, cham­pi­oning the cause of pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phy.”

APPA is the largest awards for pro­fes­sional print pho­tog­ra­phy in Aus­tralia and one of the largest in the world. It is the only pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phy awards in the coun­try that re­quire phys­i­cal prints to be sub­mit­ted for judg­ing. Olympus Aus­tralia, Aon and Panasonic Aus­tralia were the Plat­inum spon­sors of this year’s APPA com­pe­ti­tion.

Keren Do­bia is a grad­u­ate of NMIT Diploma of Pho­toimag­ing, where she is now a lec­turer. She has pre­vi­ously ex­hib­ited her work in a va­ri­ety of 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 com­ments.

To be el­i­gi­ble for the ti­tle of Aus­tralia’s Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­pher Of The Year, pho­tog­ra­phers must first win an APPA cat­e­gory. Keren won the por­trait cat­e­gory. 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.

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