2012 Victorian Professional Photography Awards

Around two weeks ago my best friend and her family visited from Brisbane.  Since we are forever visiting each other for family style events, we were determined this time to go on a little adventure.  So we booked a divine BnB just outside Daylesford.  Open fire, millions and millions of trees, a little wooden dragon that my little Ash insisted on feeding rice crackers to every evening and, more importantly, the two families together.

However on the Monday, I was a little distracted from the beauty of our surroundings as I desperately hoped to watch the live streaming of the judging the 2012 Epson AIPP Victorian Professional Photography Awards.  Slight little problem.  I had NO SERVICE on my Iphone, or the Ipad!

Off I went a little further up the hill and happily found 3 bars of 3G service.  So there I sat, on a blue towel, creating a little picnic and waited.  I’m sure I looked rather odd to the many trucks and tractors that ventured down the country road….

(My picnic on the side of a dirt road, in Daylesford | Taken with Instagram on the Iphone 4 | A rather beautiful view I must say!)

After around two hours we ventured into Daylesford, visiting the Convent for lunch and the Botanical Gardens for a play.  A beautiful afternoon with the children being really really good.

We then stopped at the supermarket for BBQ supplies.  All with the iPad on the arm watching the judging.  My heart would practically stop as my images appeared on the screen.  In fact we all stopped wherever we were that day, and we adults pored over the wonderful device that is the iPad and listened watched.

Our last stop was to buy champagne!!  I am utterly thrilled and excited to announce that of the four images I entered into the Portrait Category, 3 won Silver awards, and my final print a Silver with Distinction!  I also received a Silver award in the new Family Category.

I choose to enter the awards, not to lose hair every year(!), but to push myself creatively and take the opportunity to have my work judged by some of the leading names in the industry both in Australia and overseas.  Australia really does have the most amazing photographic talent, and I’m honoured to have received awards judged by some of these brilliant artists.

The AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards will be held in Melbourne in May, so I will be sharing my full portfolio after this.  However would like to thank my fabulous friends in the industry for their advice and support as well as the beautiful subjects of the prints!  I will leave you with this print, which won a Silver in the Family Category.

sarah black - Having seen all your images at VPPY I know how very well deserved your awards are Gemma, HUGE congratulations and look forward to celebrating more success with you at APPA.

Lea - Well deserved, Gorgeous … And i loved hearing your little story behind the judging.. Can just see you in some dinky supermarket, mid-aisle picking up not only a silver or two, but a can of baked beans to boot! Xx

Philly - What a gorgeous location!Looks perfect for a picnic and to watch the awards and a huge congratulations on your wins! Very deserving!

Kirsten - Congratulations a Beautiful image!

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