MEET THE 2016 NEW ZEALAND PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
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.