TPOTY is a competition based in the UK that attracts entries from photographers all over the world. In 2016 there were 000s of photos submitted from 120 countries.
This image was taken at closing time during a temple in Nikko. The Miko (shrine maiden) was walking between buildings ushering tourists towards the exits. Her red and green clothing stood out so brightly amongst the grey stone and green moss that I couldn't resist a few quick shots. She happened to turn back just as I took this shot.
This is a competition that has been running for 29 years, and it was such an honour to have been chosen amongst so many amazing photographs. Under the head office of the bank, based in Toowoomba, there is an exhibition of all the award winners over the past 29 years. I'm honoured that after a year in the CEO's office that my image will be part of the ongoing exhibition!
This shot was from my very first outing with a new NISIneutral density soft grad filter. This filter controls the exposure in the sky which allows even exposure across the whole image.
The NSW health department runs the Your Healthlink National Photographic Competition that seeks to promote health and well being.
My entry of students in my Capoeira school was lucky enough to have been a finalist in the 2017 competition. This is a composite of four seperate shots, with each student performing a move in isolation (otherwise suspect I would have a shot of crumpled bodies on the floor!!)
I also entered this image in the Australian Photography magazine's Photographer of the Year 2017 competition and made it to 19th place in the Photo of Year category!
This image was selected as one of the 16 finalists in the Age newspaper's annual Traveller Big Picture competition. This is an amazing honour for me, as there are literally thousands of entries into this competition.
This depiction is of apartment buildings in Hong Kong. These buildings are reminiscent of the now demolished 'Hidden City'. To take this shot I used an ultra wide angle lens, pointed straight up on a tripod, with a 200 second exposure. It almost looks like the film 'inception', with buildings folding in on themselves.
Each year the City of Geelong holds a City of Geelong Calendar Competition for photographers to submit their favourite shots of Greater Geelong. The photos are then opened up to the public for a vote, with two finalists per month. I was lucky to be a poster boy for September with this shot of the view from the summit of the You Yangs. There were over 2000 votes, with mine hitting over 1500. The calendar is published with the winning images and issued to over 110,000 residents.
The You Yangs to the west of Melbourne and east of Geelong in Victoria Australia. This was taken on a winter's morning. I woke up at 5am, got to the entrance of the national park by 5:30am and hiked to the top of the hill by 6:30 am to capture the sunrise. It was quite cloudy, the rising sun turned the clouds into fairy floss (cotton candy).
I entered the Travel Photographer of the Year awards again for 2017 in the 'New Talent' category. Entrants had to submit a portfolio of 6 images that told the story of a Destination. Thousands of entries from 129 countries were received across all the categories. My entry was a portfolio taken from a recent trip to Hong Kong. Whilst I didn't win, I was honoured to have reached the finals, a HUGE achievement. I look forward to trying again in 2018!
I also entered this series in the Australian Photography magazine's Photographer of the Year 2017 competition and made it to 9th place in the Travel Photography category. What an incentive for me to go travelling again this year!!
I entered this image in the Kentia Prize Photography Competition held in Jan 2018. This competition is held on Lord Howe Island, and raises money for the Lord Howe Island Central School. Entry is limited to 800 images, and each image must be taken on Lord Howe Island with the exception of the Travel category.
I was honoured to learn that this image was the winner in the Travel category! This is a slightly darker edit of the same image from Japan that was finalist in the TPOTY 2017 competition (see above).
This is a great honour, and I look forward to one day getting the chance to visit the island to capture some of it's amazing scenery.
Wow my shots from Hong Kong keep delivering!
I came in at 8th place in Capture Magazines Australia's Top Emerging Photographer Competition under the travel section. Capture Magazine is Australia's leading journal for professional Photography, which makes this award even more special for me.
In December 218 I was featured in Capture magazine's Annual edition, featuring the best work across a year of photography.
An image from my infra-red series, The End, was featured in the student section. This series was completed as part of my Professional Photography studies with the prestigious Photography Studies College in Melbourne.
Being featured in Australia's leading professional photography magazine is an absolute honour and I couldn't be happier!
A new year, a new feature!
In the January 2019 edition of Capture magazine, I have been featured in the 'New Talent' section with an interview focussing on my travel photography and experiences so far in my photographic journey.
Featuring my favourite shots from Hong Kong and Paris, I'm looking forward to my upcoming trip to Taiwan, I'm so excited to explore and discover another new city :)
Australia's Top Emerging Photographer is one of my favourite competitions each year. I really enjoy the process of selecting my best images from the year before and assembling them into submissions.
Especially for annual competitions, I feel that I can gauge my progress each year. In my early years (not that long ago!) I purely thought about WOW factor (or what I thought was wow at the time!!).
Now I’m finding that I’m trying to be more discerning, and trying to put together 4-6 images that work together, and tell a story, or fit a theme.
This year (2019) I submitted four folios, three were rated as highly commended (travel, landscape, student) with one coming in the Top 10! Even better, my top 10 entry came in at #3 nationally (student category).
That’s a pretty amazing achievement! I really feel like my studies atPSC are paying dividends in my skill and understanding. Going through the process really matters.
I entered some of the underlying images from my Planets series, and received Highly Commended for one of the images, Dauntless (also titled Jupiter in my series), and Commended for Mercury and Uranus.
The Australian Photography Awards is one of the most highly regarded broad category photographic competitions in Australia. I've entered works for the last two years and haven't been successful in earning a place. This year I entered a number of images taken between 2016 and 2019 and received 6 Honourable Mentions! 1 image was selected in the Travel/Street category, and 5 images in the Student category.
This is a huge encouragement for me to have broken into the top 100 in this competition!
Every year Capture Magazine release the Annual edition, featuring some of the best photographic work in Australia from professional, emerging and student photographers. I’m so proud to announce that I’ve been featured in the student section for the second year running! The standard of work in the images selected is so inspiring, I am surprised but honoured that some of my work has been featured.
"The Seat of Memories" is from an ongoing body of work exploring forgotten places and objects.
I entered the Geelong 2020 Calendar Competition, and was AMAZED to have been selected to appear on the front cover of the calendar, going to over 100,000 residents. Photographers from all across Victoria submitted thousands of entries. I'm incredibly grateful to the Mayor of Geelong Stephanie Asher, and Geelong Gallery Director, Jason Smith for selecting my work.
I entered Capture Magazine's Top Emerging Photographer competition again in 2020. This is one of the competitions that I enter in an annual basis. I enjoy entering competitions and feel that they give me something to strive for, and force me to critically review what I've been shooting over the past year. I love looking through all the entries to see the amazing work from other photographers all around Australia. I don't exactly compare my work to theirs, but it's great to get inspiration on how others see the world around them. To be able to enter this comp, you need to have less than four years of full-time experience working (or in my case - no experience!) as a professional photographer. This year I had portfolios that came 6th and also in the top 20 in Travel, and Highly Commended in Documentary and Single Shot categories.