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.
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.