Judging and results

Category: Commercial Photography - Commissioned work - Prints

I am a great supporter of the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography) and the APPA (Australian Professional Photography Awards).

I believe the annual awards, both at the state level and national level, help a lot the professionals in improving their skills and the quality of the professional work they deliver. Improves the photography industry in general.

I have entered the AIPP - APPA awards for many years and have received several awards. See some of them here.  

During the last 3 years, I also judge a few categories at the AIPP - Victoria and New Zealand Professional Photography Awards. It is a great honour and privilege to contribute.

I admire and respect the comments of all judges. They are very experienced professionals. Each one with their own life experiences, interpretations and beliefs. It is always interesting to hear their reactions and comments.

All photos on this competition are prints with a minimum 25 cm on the longest size, so, what you see in this screen is not exactly what the judges have seen. I have always printed my own work in fine art paper and print for other photographers and clients as well. The impact of the image printed on a texturized paper or glossy paper under the judging lights is quite special and different from the image on a monitor. 

This year, for the first time, I decided to enter my commercial commissioned work on the competition instead of my more artistic self-commissioned travel and illustrative work.

I am very proud of the images I done for clients these last 2 years and decided to send them on the awards.

  • The Scores:

    60 to 69 - Approaching Professional Standard (Meets professional standards in some areas, but needs work in others.)

    70 to 79 - Professional Standard (Average to very good professional practice, but does not meet AIPP Awards criteria)

    80 to 84 - Silver Award (Exceeds normal professional practice, with high levels of communication, imagination, craft and skill).

    85 to 89 - Silver with Distinction

    90 to 94 - Gold Award

    94 to 100 - Gold with Distinction

It is was not easy to select the images to send.

There are many photos that are great in showing the client's product and great execution of the client's brief but, for an image to receive an award, it needs to show something extra, something special. 

We can only submit 4 images and the ones I selected are specials to me. I think they represent more than a high standard of professional practice regardless of the scores they received on the awards.

I would like to say a huge thank you to all my clients that allow me to show their photos on my website and entering competitions. In special the Australian Botanical Soap company, Kalinowski Jewellery and Forever Sharp Knifes.

Enjoy the images and watch the judging and their comments. It is very interesting when one image is challenged. One of them had an automatic challenge and an enormous score discrepancy. Great comments. 

Click on the images to see them larger. Leave a comment and share. Thanks. 

APPA-2019-Soap-Coconut-with-oil-Prof-Quality
APPA-2019-Cocoa-Butter-Soap-Prof-Quality
APPA-2019-Bracellets-Silver-Award
APPA-2019-Knife-cutting-hammer-Silver-Award

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