So this happened recently! I proudly and humbly accepted the trophy and title of 2019 AIPP South Australian Documentary Photographer of the Year with my folio of 4 documentary images that were photographed during various stages of surgical procedures by neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo. I feel so honoured to not only have witnessed it but to have been able to photographically document these procedures. Each of the 4 individual images received awards over 2 days of a rotating panel of 5 judges judging hundreds of prints, one by one.
Thanks to Joanna and Richard Collins for making this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity a reality. Thanks to Dr Charlie Teo for having me there and also thanks to my partner Deanne for allowing me to be there 😬
To the AIPP crew who put the SA awards on each year, you are the best. The AIPP council, both locally and nationally, the best. The volunteers, judges, entrants, viewers - you guys rock 👊
Thanks to all the sponsors and particularly to Sony for sponsoring the Documentary category and especially to Epson for their continued support of the state awards over so many years. Thanks also to Malcolm from Marden senior college for providing the venue! 🙌
To everyone who helped me with my entry, thank you! You know who you are. I asked a lot of people for opinions and advice when selecting these images, but also throughout the preparation and printing phases too. Thanks for all your time and words of encouragement! 🖨
Printing my own work was so liberating but scary as anything. These awards aren’t judged by digital image; a physical print is scrutinised in fine detail by 10 industry experienced eyes and if your printing is bad, you’re finished. Having the judges comment on print quality has given me confidence that it’s not brain surgery 👀
Congratulations to all the category winners and finalists and especially to Mark Zed for the overall win. You deserve it my friend, because not only is your work A-grade but you are undeniably a selfless and irreplaceable asset to the photographic community in Australia.