MEET THE 2016 NEW ZEALAND PHO­TOG­RA­PHER OF THE YEAR

New Zealand D-Photo - - FOLIO KATHERINE WILLIAMS -

At the 2016 NZIPP Iris Awards, Kather­ine Wil­liams was left speech­less when her name was called to re­ceive the top hon­our. Adrian Hatwell spoke with Wil­liams about her win and her plans for the fu­ture

When Kather­ine Wil­liams found out, on­stage, in front of a room­ful of col­leagues and friends, that she was the 2016 New Zealand Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year, she was dumb­struck. Tak­ing the top spot in the Iris Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phy Awards is a prodi­gious achieve­ment for any pho­tog­ra­pher, but Wil­liams was com­pletely floored by the an­nounce­ment, hav­ing never con­sid­ered the pos­si­bil­ity of win­ning.

“In all hon­esty, it wasn’t on my radar,” the pho­tog­ra­pher said. “I’ve al­ways set my­self goals, but that wasn’t one of them … that one just snuck up on me and blew me side­ways.”

In ad­di­tion to the over­all award, Wil­liams also took out both the Wed­ding Clas­sic and Wed­ding Cre­ative cat­e­gories in the pro­fes­sional awards pro­gramme with a port­fo­lio of richly evoca­tive mono­chrome prints. This marks the first time in over a decade that a wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher has scooped the top hon­our — a strong tes­ta­ment to Wil­liams’ so­phis­ti­cated ap­proach to the genre.

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