Due to my recent success in winning the title of the 2016 South Australian Landscape photographer of the year award run through the South Australian branch of the Australian Institute of Professional photographers (AIPP), I have recently been featured in the Murray Bridge Standard, which is the local paper circulated in the Murray Bridge and surrounding areas. Some of you may know that when I’m not shooting award winning photography, I’m a wedding photographer, but also a Japanese teacher at the local Catholic school, which is why I was featured in the Murray Bridge Standard. A cut out of the article can be seen below.
Featured in the Murray Bridge Standard
Abridged article transcript
Steve Duncan describes himself simply as a ‘jack-of-all-trades,’ perhaps an undersell considering his recent successes.
While Steve is employed as a Japanese teacher at St Joesphs School in Murray Bridge, he is also an award winning landscape photographer who was recently recognised at the Australian Institute of Professional Photography’s state awards.
Steve was named the 2016 South Australian Landscape Photographer for the Year along with being a finalist for the Science, Wildlife and Wild Places category, a result that he said he was ‘chuffed’ with.
“It’s quite an achievement for me,’ Steve said.
“It’s been a goal of mine for a few years now.”
While Steve has won many awards at the annual event, 2016 represented the first time he was the overall winner of a category after first being a runner-up in 2014.
Judging of the awards is conducted by some of Australia’s leading photographers who critique each image in detail.
AIPP National President Ross Eason says the awards are a great opportunity for photographers to enter competition and have their work assessed.
“Photographers from SA and around the country look forward to this annual event. Not only for the opportunity to have their work assessed and critiqued but also to get to together and network with their colleagues,” Mr Eason said.
For Steve, photography represents a way to pursue his hobby outside of teaching hours.
As well as teaching Japanese, he also runs a photography business in addition to maintaining an online portfolio of his photos from all over the world.
For the 2016 awards, locations such as Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii and closer to home Victor Harbour were featured.
Steve has been increasingly taking landscapes since moving back from Japan in 2010 and has an aim to become a Master Photographer with the AIPP in the future.
“I need to get more points to qualify for a Master,” Steve said which is a highly coveted role by professional photographers.
Photographers are awarded points depending on awards received by the AIPP.
Steve has already been honoured as an Associate of the AIPP in 2014.