Winners of Australia’s Professional Photography Competition Highlight the Country’s Best

Kids Jumping Rope by Karen Waller

Karen Waller, Winner, Life

Each year, the Australian Institute Of Professional Photography (AIPP) runs several print-based photography competitions to engage its members. Unfortunately, 2020 turned out to be a complicated year due to COVID-19, so the group needed to innovate in a new way to unite Australia's photography community. In this spirit, the AIPP Silver Lining Awards were conceived.

Taking place entirely online, the awards implemented several initiatives to make it an educational, motivational, and inspirational experience for all involved. Photographers were first invited to submit pre-entry images that were evaluated by an expert panel of judges. This valuable feedback was then used to fine-tune their entries. AIPP also organized the competition into two broad categories—Creative and Classic. This allowed photographers to place their focus on the 10 subcategories that fell under these umbrellas. Lastly, they created a Student and Newcomer category to promote entries from all levels of expertise.

“The idea was, quite literally, to create a ‘silver lining’ out of the current situation,” explains Tony Hewitt, who is Chair of the AIPP Awards Committee. “We wanted not only to give members a creative outlet at a time when many wouldn’t have much work, but also make the whole experience much more beneficial professionally for everybody who entered. At the same time, we wanted everybody to have a bit of fun. And it worked brilliantly; the response has been massive with 3,000 entries, from which we selected 300 semi-finalists and then 120 finalists, 10 in each of the six categories.”

The incredible winners from each category speak to the success of the competition. By highlighting Australia's diverse photography talent, AIPP has created a bright spot during what has been a difficult time for many. These photographers were also awarded from a $45,000 prize pool, and given innovative prizes like workshops and mentoring sessions. Surely, these prizes will be even more valued during a time when many photographers find themselves without work. Thanks to the AIPP, they have even more reason to stay involved and creative.

Take a look at the incredible winners of the AIPP Silver Lining Awards, which celebrates the best in Australian photography.

Winning Portrait Photography

Forough Yavari, Winner, Portrait

Family Immediately After Giving Birth

Kate Randall, 3rd Place, Life

Derelict Building in Cuba

Diana Fernie, 2nd Place, Journeys

Older Woman Laughing While Holding a Beer

Leon O'Neil, Winner, Celebration

Black and White Panorama of Woman Making Different Facial Expressions

Forough Yavari, Winner, Photo Illustration

Underwater Whale Photograph

Scott Portelli, Winner, Wild

Award-Winning Wildlife Portrait

Joshua Holko, 2nd Place, Wild

Dramatic Wave Frozen in Time

Victoria McNeill, 3rd Place, Newcomer

Abstract Aerial Photo

David Dahlenburg, 3rd Place, Abstract

Photo Mosaic of Feet Positioned in Different Places

Ruth Woodrow, Winner, Newcomer

AIPP Silver Lining Awards

Steve Scalone, 2nd Place, Goods & Services

Architectural Photography by Kris Anderson

Kris Anderson, Winner, Places

Snow Covered Hut in a Wintery Landscape

Anna Luscombe, Winner, Student

Rolling Hills with a Cluster of Cyprus Trees

Fedrico Rekowski, 3rd Place, Places

Misty Fog Rolling Over a Forest

Ben Kopilow, 2nd Place, Isolated

Buddhist Monks Inside a Temple

Eunie Kim, 3rd Place, Student

Man Standing on a Porch

Karen Waller, 2nd Place, Portrait

Travel Photography by Brian Hodges

Brian Hodges, Winner, Journey

AIPP Silver Lining Awards

William Carroll, 2nd Place, Photo Illustration

Award Winning Photo by Karen Waller

Karen Waller, Winner, Isolated

AIPP Silver Lining Awards Abstract Photo

Jackie Ranken, Winner, Abstract

Man Standing Under the Milky Way

Ari Rex, 2nd Place, Celebration

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by AIPP.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.

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