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e-news November 2020

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Reminder: 2021 Award Dates

We have a jam-packed photography awards program in place for 2021. Here’s a reminder regarding dates … with more details due to be released prior to Christmas.

The Silver Lining Awards 2021

After such a hit season during Covid-times this year, the Silver Lining Awards are back for round two next year, with some exciting new categories on offer. Open world-wide to the general public, the Silver Lining Awards are going to be a digital photography comp with plenty of feedback on offer for all entrants…plus great prizes to win, of course!  

Entries Open: February 1st 2021
Entries Close: March 1st 2021

State Awards 2021

The Awards Committee are working with State Councils behind-the-scenes to finalise all the details regarding the state awards, which we will share with members soon. In the meantime, here are the dates:

Entries Open: May 3rd 2021
Entries Close: May 31st 2021
Same dates for ALL states! (Yep, you read that right!)

APPA 2021

So many of our members missed APPA this year – we all felt it come August when there was no way to celebrate in person with our AIPP community. We’re looking forward to bringing our ‘grand dame’ of the awards season back in 2021! 

Entries Open: August 18th 2021
Entries Close: September 15th 2021
APPA Judging: October 15th – 17th 2021 in Melbourne. 

Copyright Agency

Have you looked into claiming copyright royalties through Copyright Agency? If not, you may be missing out on thousands in unclaimed royalties.

The Copyright Agency is inviting photographers to claim their share of copyright royalty payments by providing information about where their images have appeared on websites or in magazines, newspapers or books/eBooks.

Photographers need to have retained their copyright and meet other eligibility criteria to qualify. Those who are eligible will receive a minimum payment of $50.00 (AUD).

Find out more here:

National Centre for Photography Announced for Ballarat

The Ballarat International Photo Biennale proudly announced this week the development of a National Centre for Photography based in Ballarat.

Located in the former Union Bank on Lydiard Street in the heart of Ballarat’s Arts Precinct, the $6.7 million development will be a world class hub for the art of photography and photo media. It will also provide wide-spread opportunities for artists at a local and national level.

Featuring state-of-the-art gallery spaces for major temporary exhibitions, the National Centre for Photography will host exhibitions, workshops, events, artist residencies, educational and professional development programs. It will also present opportunities for community artists to exhibit, and a dedicated photobook library. 

More info here:

BPIIC (Birth Photographer International Image Competition) Inaugural Event

Winning image by inaugural BPIIC winner Renate Van Lith.

Earlier this month, award-winning AIPP accredited birth photographer Lacey Barratt launched the Birth Photographer International Image Competition. The competition was conceived as a way to continue the legitimisation and celebration of the art of birth photography.

Barratt, based in Melbourne, has been fervently photographing births for the past 10 years and was one of 14 judges on the competition panel that chose the three winners from 216 entries from photographers around the world.

First place was awarded to Renate Van Lith, from Amsterdam, Netherlands, second place was presented to Jenna Nord from Montana, USA, and third place was granted to Diane Hinek, from California, USA.

For further information and a showcase of the images, click here:

James Simmons wins International Wedding Photographer of the Year

Winning image by James Simmons

On 10 November 2020, an international panel of highly acclaimed photographers named James Simmons the International Wedding Photographer of the Year. Simmons was amongst 1,700 entrants from across the globe. It was his image of Perth couple Lisa and James in stark black and white contrast that won him the Award. 

“After Lisa and James’ ceremony, we stopped outside the State Buildings for a drink and chill with their crew before heading on to the reception.  The shot was taken on the corner of a column and was initially a portrait of Lisa to capture her stunningly-detailed dress and the backlight in her veil,” said Simmons. 

Groom James was watching closely and caught Lisa’s attention.  As Simmons shot and reframed the photo, James’ silhouette crept in from the side and the winning image was captured.

“Getting couples to relax and be themselves in front of the camera is my favourite thing because it’s such an awkward and intimidating situation, being photographed by a stranger,” Simmons says. “I believe everyone deserves amazing images to preserve their own their history and it gives my photography a purpose to help them remember how they felt at the time, not just what they looked like.”

Originally a viticulturist, Simmons started studying photography after a bad surfing accident in Margaret River.  The accident and the decision to study photography changed the direction of his life; he’s since lectured at Edith Cowan University and Murdoch University, been invited to speak at one the largest photography conventions in the world and won 2014 Canon AIPP Professional Photographer of the Year.

Congratulations to James on this achievement!

Calling all videography professionals – come join us!

Image by Lara Wiseman-Daniel APP AAIPP

If you’re a videography industry professional – a producer, director, cinematographer, sound recordist, editor, camera crew, grip, gaffer, lighting technician, or visual FX artist – perhaps you’ve wondered how an Australian Professional Video Producer membership with the AIPP may benefit you.

Check out our mini-blog here for some reasons why joining the AIPP may be beneficial to the growth of your videography career and business.

Ballarat International Foto Biennale Open Program registrations

Registrations for the 2021 Ballarat International Foto Biennale Open Program are now open!

Running from 28 August to 24 October 2021, the Open Program offers artists the chance to be part of Australia’s largest photographic festival and have your work seen by a significant audience.

The Open Program is open to all photographers and photo media artists who wish to exhibit in Ballarat for the duration of the Biennale.

Open Program exhibitors will be featured in the 2021 Biennale program, promoted through BIFB media platforms, and be in the running to win the AUD $2,000 First Prize and the AUD $500 People’s Choice Award.

Register here:

Head On Photo Festival

Head On Photo Festival continues for the remainder of this month in Sydney.

After such a challenging year for physical exhibitions, the festival is thrilled to present a series of exhibitions at a variety of iconic indoor and outdoor locations.

This print iteration of the Festival includes 52 exhibitions at locations such as Bondi Beach, the Paddington Reservoir Gardens and selected galleries across Sydney.

The Festival runs until 30 November 2020.

For further information:

Epson earns Platinum for Sustainability Strategies

Epson has earned a platinum rating for sustainability from EcoVadis. The platinum rating, which was established in 2020, indicates that Epson was ranked among the top 1% of companies in the industry. Epson had received a gold rating the previous three years. Gold is awarded to companies that score in the top 5% of companies evaluated. The platinum rating was awarded in recognition of Epson’s global corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives.

The EcoVadis assessment focuses on four themes: the environment, labour and human rights, ethics, and sustainable procurement. Epson received an “Outstanding” (the highest score) for the environment, as well as high scores for sustainable procurement, labour and human rights, and ethics, putting it in the top 1% in the computer and peripherals manufacturing industry.

“Sustainability is a core management strategy for Epson, so the fact that we received a Platinum rating after three consecutive years of Gold ratings is an honour and has tremendous value. As stated in the Epson Group’s Management Philosophy, our goal is to make Epson an indispensable company for our customers and society and we believe that actions that demonstrate good governance and social responsibility across our supply chain are essential elements for achieving this goal. The whole group will work together to further advance the technologies that will make our products and services more efficient, compact, and precise so that we may contribute to solutions to societal issues across Epson’s value chain and help to realise a sustainable world,” said Epson President Yasunori Ogawa.

EcoVadis provides an independent, trusted, common platform for evaluating and rating more than 65,000 groups and companies across 200 industries in 160 countries using CSR assessment criteria that are based on the sustainability standards of thousands of external sources such as NGOs, labour unions, international organisations, local governments, and auditing organisations.

Epson has identified six materialities, including “advancing the frontiers of industry” and “achieving sustainability in a circular economy,” and is currently working to deliver products and services that contribute to social sustainability.

They are leveraging their efficient, compact, and precision technologies to drive innovations in four areas, including inkjets and believe that their technology can help to shrink environmental impacts, increase productivity, and play a major role in solving societal issues and in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

Epson seeks to achieve social sustainability and publishes details about its environmental initiatives, the creation of social value, corporate governance, and other CSR activities in its Integrated Report and Sustainability Report.

For more information on Epson CSR and the environment go to:

SA Lighting Workshop before Lockdown

The timing couldn’t have been more fortuitous! In advance of the South Australian Government announcing one of the world’s toughest lockdowns, South Australian members managed to ‘find some light’ at a fantastic free event.

Finding the Light – Witness the Difference was held in beautiful Botanic Park, Adelaide and was led by David Haddy, SA AIPP Vice President. The event was also supported by Lindsay from Diamonds Camera, who provided some new Profoto gear for David to use in his demonstrations.

Unfortunately, COVID restrictions did mean there were some constraints in trying out the Profoto gear, however the setting, the conditions and the company were all perfect!

The emphasis of the event was on how to achieve a more natural feel using reflectors and scrims, or on-camera and in-camera flashes, or by simply finding and making use of beautiful light anywhere, in ways that don’t require big budgets.

Thanks to all of those who attended and to long-standing accredited member Andre Crisci and Deanna Dunbar, our SA AIPP President, for being volunteer models.

The SA council is looking forward to holding more free events in 2021.

Child Employment Act Review

The Victorian Government is currently undertaking a review of the Child Employment Act. That review is being led by Industrial Relations Victoria (IRV). As part of the review, IRV will be hosting a series of online focus groups with key stakeholders to provide an opportunity for people to have their say about the Act, what’s working and what isn’t, as well as any ways it could be amended or improved.

The first focus group is with representatives from the entertainment industry. It will be held on 26 November 2020 at 10 am and will run for approximately 90 minutes. The government encourages photographers to attend and share their views on the regulation of child employment in Victoria, particularly as it relates to the photography sector.

For further information, contact If you are able to attend please notify Industrial Relations Victoria and they will send you a Teams link.

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