APPA 2017 Master Photographer

I thought I keep this short, but then I started typing, so really, it’s long post warning ahead!
Just thought I post my entries to APPA which gave me the points needed for my master. That’s right, I am now officially an AIPP Master Photographer. Pretty neat thing really, though with all the hustle and buzzle and not sleeping much in Melbourne over the weekend, I hadn’t really time to sit down and process this news myself.
Anyway, just wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to a few people who helped me.

Russell Bruner adjusts his moustache one last time before hitting the stage of the West Australian Spiegeltent at the Perth Fringe Festival. Silver Award in Documentary at the Australian Professional Photography Awards 2017 ...that means no Photoshop

Firstly, to my many performer friends who let me hang out and give me the trust to capture the world of burlesque and circus. Really appreciate this and already looking forward to next time! Also to Fringe World, where all 4 images were captured.

My family, who always support me in my various endeavors and for getting me. I love and treasure the little unit we are

Steve Wise, you legend! I don’t use this word often, but you sir are truly one. Thanks for making time in your busy schedule to look over my prints. Muchos appreciated and to Rebecca Johansson for pointing out a few things in my editing when I bumbed in to you a few weeks ago and of course Aaron Dowling for your input too.
Also a big thanks to John Woodhouse for your guidance over the past few years. I see it as an honour to call you my friend. Same goes to Seng Mah …my buddy!

Backstage at Perth Fringe World, female performer ‘Clare’ is putting the bits in the right places during her transformation into a male character. Silver Award in Documentary at the Australian Professional Photography Awards 2017 Shot for Fliptease

Huge congratulations to my many friends and the awesome WA crew who did extremely well!
Leah Kennedy for winning Creative Photographer of the Year and Sarah Jayne being a finalist.
James Simmons taking out Wedding and Nathan Maddigan for being finalist (again) …amazing set of images!
Central Institute of technology for being awesome and taking out tertiary institute of the year. Wohoo Shaireen VanTuil, Jules Tennant, Des Birt, Mark England & the team!
Yane Sotiroski winning Landscape and Barbara Brown for Emerging Photographer of the Year.
Ricky Gestro for Highest scoring print and finalist in the Travel category. So proud of you mate!!!
Chris Saunders Finalist – Emerging, …a brilliant achivement!
Channon Williamson finalist in newborn …so happy for you!
Katie Kolenberg winning Family again, you champion!
and to Keren Dobia for winning Australian Photographer of the Year!

North East Arnhem Land indigenous dance troupe, Djuki Mala, interpret ‘I’m Singing in the Rain’ to traditional aboriginal dance as part of their show at the Perth Fringe Festival. Silver Award in Documentary at the Australian Professional Photography Awards 2017 ...that means no Photoshop Shot for Perth Fringe World Festival


Big thanks to the back of house team, the judges, entrants and sponsors who make this all happen.
Congrats to all my friends who got an award or two or three or four. Well done you guys!
And hugs to those who didn’t do so well but still put themselves out there. I hope you got something valuable out of it and learned something in the process.

Remember, awards are the icing on the cake, the journey and the friends are really the real win!

Speaking of friends, was great catching up with so many over the weekend
Love and peace!


Just as the last show finishes in the Big Top Tent, this moment marks the end of the Perth Fringe Festival 2016.

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