Lo­cal snaps up ma­jor awards

Myrtleford Times - - News -

IM­AGE EXPERT: Mieke Boyn­ton at a re­cent Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phy awards night.

A LO­CAL woman has re­cently cap­tured a num­ber of top awards for her pho­tog­ra­phy.

Mieke Boyn­ton grew up in Pore­punkah and at­tended Myrtle­ford’s Mar­ian Col­lege be­fore pur­su­ing a ca­reer trav­el­ling the world and tak­ing pic­tures.

Ms Boyn­ton was ear­lier this month named the 2018 Vic­to­rian Travel Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year in the AIPP Ep­son VIC Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phy Awards.

She also won the 2018 Ep­son Sig­na­ture-Wor­thy Award for best print and was run­nerup for the 2018 Vic­to­rian Land­scape Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year.

Judg­ing for the awards took place in Mel­bourne over two days on April 10-11 with more than 200 Vic­to­rian pho­tog­ra­phers en­ter­ing over 900 prints.

Pho­tog­ra­phers were able to en­ter up to 12 pho­tos that they had cap­tured over the past two years.

“I was hop­ing to get a few awards but def­i­nitely not ex­pect­ing to get two gold awards or to be a fi­nal­ist in two cat­e­gories let alone a win­ner, I’m still pinch­ing my­self a week later,” Ms Boyn­ton said.

An avid trav­eller is a land­scape and ae­rial pho­tog­ra­pher with a port­fo­lio that in­cludes land­scapes from Aus­tralia, Nor­way, Namibia, Patag­o­nia, In­done­sia and New Zealand,

Hav­ing not long moved back to the North East af­ter 10 years in the Kim­ber­ley, Ms Boyn­ton said it was now her home re­gion that is now blow­ing her away.

“I had to go away to ap­pre­ci­ate the ab­so­lute beauty of the North East,” she said.

“I am so ex­cited to be back, I can­not even tell you how thrilled I am to be back liv­ing in one of the most beau­ti­ful ar­eas in the coun­try.”

Ms Boyn­ton will now en­ter her pho­tos at the AIPP Na­tional Awards in Au­gust where she will have the chance to be recog­nised on an even big­ger scale.

Ms Boyn­ton will share her ex­per­tise as one of the work­shop lead­ers at the Bright Fes­ti­val of Pho­tog­ra­phy in Oc­to­ber and will also be run­ning pho­tog­ra­phy tours and work­shops through­out the re­gion.

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