The AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards
The Australian Professional Photography Awards this year attracted 2000 entries from 500 photographers, keeping a team of expert judging panels busy for three days in the challenging quest to find the overall winner.
This issue’s main cover photograph is by Melbournebased photographer and creative director Keren Dobia, who is the 2017 AIPP Australian Professional Photographer Of The Year. Keren’s portfolio also won her the 2017 AIPP Australian Portrait Photographer Of The Year award. Keren’s portfolio and a selection of other winning images from the 2017 Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPAs) begin on page 24.
Portrait photographer Keren Dobia has been judged Australia’s top professional photographer for 2017. Keren – who also works as a creative director for theatrical productions, designing, creating and sourcing both costumes and sets – is the 2017 AIPP Australian Professional Photographer Of The Year.
This year, over 500 professional photographers submitted a collection of 2000 images to be judged in the annual Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPAs).
The national president of the Australian Institute Of Professional Photography (AIPP), Vittorio Natoli, says the awards represent the best-ofthe-best of professional photography in Australia.
“APPA is the only awards in the country that celebrates photography in its original form by valuing the photograph which, in its printed finish, displays authenticity and permanency.
“APPA-awarded images exhibit visual literacy with exemplary creativity, vision and craft. The awards process and the Institute continue to deliver the highest professional recognition offered in Australia today and recipients of these awards have become industry ambassadors around the world, championing the cause of professional photography.”
APPA is the largest awards for professional print photography in Australia and one of the largest in the world. It is the only professional photography awards in the country that require physical prints to be submitted for judging. Olympus Australia, Aon and Panasonic Australia were the Platinum sponsors of this year’s APPA competition.
Keren Dobia is a graduate of NMIT Diploma of Photoimaging, where she is now a lecturer. She has previously exhibited her work in a variety of galleries, most notably at Obscura Gallery – a fine-art photography gallery in St. Kilda, Melbourne. She says her passion for the visual arts has driven her to create her dramatic and emotive imagery.
“My background in painting and drawing has allowed me to blur the line between photography and illustration,” she comments.
To be eligible for the title of Australia’s Professional Photographer Of The Year, photographers must first win an APPA category. Keren won the portrait category. A panel of experts 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.
For more information, visit www.aipp.com.au