On Friday, I was extremely honoured to have been announced as the Overall runner-up and Landscape Winner of the Capture Magazine Australasian Top Emerging Photographer Awards for 2019.
In its 11th year, the Australasian Top Emerging Photographer Awards is one of the most respected photographic awards for up-and-coming Australian and New Zealand photographers.
A portfolio based award judged by a panel of 31 experts in the photography industry, the awards have almost become a rite of passage for emerging photographers and have been won by some photographers who I have immense admiration for. In 2018, the Landscape and Overall winner was awarded to fellow West Australian, Leah Kennedy.
My series, “Winter’s Ant Farm” also known as, “Southern Wonderland”, was an entry consisting of six images shot over the ski fields of New Zealand’s South Island from a Robinson R44 Helicopter. The series has been well accepted globally having also been awarded Winter Sports Winner for the 2018 International Photography Awards. (reference) and exhibited as part of the 12th Pollux Awards.
In addition to winning the landscape category with “Winter’s Ant Farm”, I was also fortunate to place 3rd and 7th in the awards with my entries, “Ordered Abstraction” and “Portraits of Tide” respectively.
Thank you to Marc Gafen at Capture magazine, all of the sponsors and in particular major sponsor Fujifilm Australia, and Landscape category sponsor EIZO APAC, as well as the judges for all of your time and invaluable feedback.
Congratulations to the winners and everyone who took part in the contest, in particular to awe-inspiring and fellow West Australian Mark B Images (1st: Architecture), Mieke Boynton Photography (Runner-up: Landscape), WA’s Barbara Brown (runner-up in Travel), Shaun Furey (6th: Student), Jarrad Parker (Landscape Runner-up in 2017, 4th 2018, 7th 2019) and Alex Ham (13th 2019) – your work is a constant inspiration.