Last weekend saw the judging of the national version of the state AIPP SAPPA awards in which I won 5 silver awards. This time around, in the AIPP APPA awards I did far better than what I had expected. I managed to win a gold (!) and two silvers in the Science category. It has been 5 years since I last won a gold award in the APPA awards, also in the science category. That time I won a gold with my most successful of images, the Port Fairy lighthouse with galaxy in the background.
These three awards come after my 2014 honor of ‘Associate of the AIPP’ being bestowed upon me for my previous award winning images which count for 4 points out of 10 towards my ‘Master of photography’ title which is currently my goal and I feel confident I can obtain if not within the next year, the next few. The way the system works is that an ‘associate’ is awarded for the first 5 points earnt within 4 years and then a masters is awarded after the following 10 points are awarded within 5 years. Earning a gold (2 points) and two silvers (2 points) makes 4 points earnt towards that magical 10 point total.
The following are my newly awarded prints as a result of the National AIPP Awards 2015
My gold award was awarded to one of my now well known ‘solarization’ images where an exposure time of well over a month is the norm. This particular image had an exposure time of 4 months and was localised at Port Noarlungs. The white streaks you see in the first two images here is actually the sun moving across the sky during the exposure. This type of image has earned me some recognition in recent times by coming runner up in the South Australian SAPPA Fine Art category and earning me a further 2 silver awards in the 2014 SAPPA awards in the science category.
This image was taken at the summit of Mauna Kea, with the University of Hawaii’s 2.2m telescope in the foreground. To see more from this vantage point, check out the gallery of images I shot this night.