Stun­ning win­ning port­fo­lios from the 2018 AIPP Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year Awards. Pic­tured here is one of Lisa Saad’s im­ages which won the Aus­tralian Com­mer­cial Pho­tog­ra­pher Of The Year cat­e­gory.

The an­nual Aus­tralian Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phy Awards at­tracted a to­tal of 1814 en­tries from around the coun­try, so here’s your chance to see the cre­ative ef­forts of some of Aus­tralia’s best pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers.

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Perth-based pho­tog­ra­pher Chris Saun­ders has been judged the AIPPs 2018 Aus­tralian Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­pher Of The Year. He won the pres­ti­gious ti­tle with a port­fo­lio of four ab­stract aerial land­scape im­ages which also earned him the ti­tle of 2018 AIPP Aus­tralian Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­pher Of The Year. “What I re­ally en­joy about aerial land­scapes is it al­lows you to see things from new per­spec­tives and ex­plore new ar­eas”, he ex­plains. “Aerial im­ages chal­lenge the viewer to look at our land­scape and see what is go­ing on around us.

“To see the scale of what peo­ple can do to our land­scape, you can either be in awe of it or mor­ti­fied by it.”

Chris Saun­ders added that it was a huge hon­our to win Aus­tralia’s premier pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion for pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phy, which is peer-judged by many of the coun­try’s most suc­cess­ful and ac­com­plished pho­tog­ra­phers.”

“Aus­tralia has some of the best land­scape aerial pho­tog­ra­phers on the planet, so mak­ing it on the short­list was hugely re­ward­ing in it­self. I’ve never re­ally seen my­self as be­ing equal to some of the es­tab­lished AIPP pho­tog­ra­phers, so the recog­ni­tion my work is at that stan­dard is in­cred­i­ble.”

The APPA judg­ing sys­tem em­ploys pan­els of pho­tog­ra­phers con­sid­ered ex­pert in each of the com­pe­ti­tion’s cat­e­gories to eval­u­ate the sub­mit­ted im­ages and give each a score out of 100 pos­si­ble points. To be el­i­gi­ble for the ti­tle of Aus­tralia’s Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­pher Of The Year, a pho­tog­ra­pher must first win one of the APPA cat­e­gories. An­other panel 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. This year a to­tal of 1814 en­tries were sub­mit­ted into the awards with 692 achieved sil­ver awards (80 to 85 points), 290 achieved sil­ver with dis­tinc­tion (86 to 89 points), 63 were awarded a gold (90 to 95 points) and 19 were con­sid­ered out­stand­ing enough to achieve a gold with dis­tinc­tion (96 points or higher).

Port­fo­lio by Chris Saun­ders APP AAIPP, 2018 AIPP Aus­tralian Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­pher Of The Year. These im­ages won the 2018 AIPP Aus­tralian Land­scape Pho­tog­ra­pher Of The Year cat­e­gory, spon­sored by Fu­ji­film Aus­tralia.

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