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President’s Message June 2020

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Thursday 25th June

By Louise Bagger

Welcome to the AIPP President’s Message for June 2020.

You can view the fully transcribed video message and we’ve included a summary of content for you below as well.

Silver Lining Awards

Entries for the first ever all-digital competition by the AIPP, the Silver Lining Awards, have closed and the Awards Committee are now gearing up for the judging process. 

There’s still a lot of work ahead for this team so I hope you’ll join me in giving them a huge cheer to keep their spirits and energy high – it’s been a huge challenge and a slog on their personal and work balance. 

Thank you also in advance to those who have been selected to now have the task to judge the many hundreds of entries received – you are greatly appreciated! 

Good luck to everyone who has entered what is quite a historical event for the AIPP.

Thank You Trade Partners

Our immense gratitude to those who have donated prizes to support this competition – we want to thank our Trade Partners and all Silver Lining prize donors for your tremendous support during these times. 

Many of our trade partners are under extreme pressure to make sales. I would personally ask all members when considering your next purchase to see if one of our Trade Partners might be able to help you out and especially if you are considering a purchase in the next few days before the end of the financial year. 

Many of our Trade Partners have a special price offering specifically for you our AIPP members.  

Aipp sponsors, AIPP trade partners
AIPP industry sponsors and trade partners for 2020

Council News

To our Councils – where legally permitted and where they feel ready to do so, some councils are now looking at returning to face-to-face events while of course taking in all the necessary risk measures relating to COVID-19. 

All details will be included when events are published and each state will also be very different. Councils are keeping an eye on updates.

Change to councils – members leaving and members joining:

NSW – two new members:

Renee Delicata APP – NSW Joint Events Co-ordinator
Jeffrey Xiong APVP – NSW APVP Representative 

Online Content

We are very grateful to those of you who have hosted a Q&A session over the past three or so months. 

They’ve been extremely popular with high and ever increasing participation rates and encouraged community engagement at a time where it was needed most.  So where to from here with online content?

Although COVID-19 is still posing restrictions in some areas regarding our inability to conduct face-to-face events, it has become clear that we now recognise the ongoing importance to be able to deliver online content for our community engagement. 

The AIPP is focusing its attention on bringing high quality online content to a much wider audience as well. As mentioned, we’ve have already begun with our Q&A series but we are now ready to take the next step and introduce a whole new suite of online content.

New Online Content Committee

We’re forming a brand new creative committee focused on structuring and delivering ongoing online content and we are looking for people who are passionate about the possibilities to join in and contribute.

If you are interested and keen to drive the AIPP into the future of online content, and you have fresh ideas on bringing extensive value to all our members, and non-members, through an online platform, then now is the time to pop your hand up and be a part of this incredibly exciting new committee.

Your enthusiasm and initiative can help drive this forward. If you’re keen to be involved then we want to hear from you. Accredited members, General / Emerging Members and Students members, we want to hear from you. 

Send an email to with the subject “Online Content Committee” with a brief summary of your skill sets and what you can bring to help develop and grow the AIPP’s online presence within the photographic marketplace.

Video Awards

We may well be coming to a close with entries for the Silver Lining Awards but hold on to your hats, because now we’re also introducing the AIPPs first ever online video competition, ReFrame.

APVP Awards Reframe
Stay tuned for the official ReFrame announcement!

With that, the Video Committee are on the look out for new members as their role grows.  If you’re interested to be included, please reach out to board liaison Felisha Mendoza Mina by email

We highly encourage photographers and video producers to be a part of this committee.  It’s definitely a great opportunity for photographers to build a network and broaden their skill set in that space. 

Education Committee News

On the education front, the Education Committee are continuing their involvement and work with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) conducting ongoing research into education and skills which includes setting national curriculum while trying to keep pace with achievements internationally. 

This is relevant in order to stay responsive in an evolving employment landscape and also to keep on top of changes in skills needs.

In the area of education, what we also want to do is bring those members together who are in the photography or video teaching space. A couple of emails have been sent out regarding this discussion group so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’d like to be included. 

The person to respond to is David Simmonds as Board Liaison for the education committee at  

If you’re sending an email, please include the details of which training organisation you’re involved with together with a summary of your teaching experience. 

World Photographic Cup

Update on the WPC for 2020 which had its March presentation event in Rome sadly cancelled due to Covid-19.  Initially, a tentative was set for the presentation for September but at this stage, there’s no definitive on whether this will still go ahead or whether it will be limited to those living in Europe. 

WPC team captain, Sue Lewis, is continuing to monitor the situation and provide us with updates so we’ll be sure to let you know as soon we know more, as well as what the plan will be ongoing for submissions to the WPC 2021 season.

Australia wins World Photographic Cup 2019
Team captain Sue Lewis represents Australia as they win World Photographic Cup 2019

Farewell Friday Night Socials

Friday night zoom socials have been a regular event since isolation restriction started in March.  With varying stages of relaxation of these restrictions, and a seemingly overload of screen time, we’re feeling that now is a good time to call a change to this weekly event so, we’re handing over to Councils to take the reins. 

If individual councils feel it’s needed, a social catch up will be scheduled by a council but it will also be promoted as an open invitation nationally for anyone wanting to join in. 

I want to thank everyone who has joined in for the Friday evening socials at some stage or other over the last three months. We’ve had some laughs together with interesting and deep discussion. It really has connected so many people from around the country, and also internationally I might add, at a time when we weren’t able to come together in person. 

Thanks also the Awards Committee for jumping in to host a couple of the socials for the benefit of many who had questions relating to their entries – not to mention Robyn’s snap quizzes!

Thank You Team

Before I sign off, I want to give a special mention to a group of people who many of you never see and who truly do keep the wheels of the AIPP turning – these are our admin team: Matt, Marie-Elizabeth, Jenny, Sheryn, Vikki and Carla, and also to Katrina.

AIPP Admin & Editorial Team Members
TOP L-R: Matt Palmer (Head of Admin & Creative Lead), Marie-Elizabeth Pyke Le Brun (Admin Support), Jen Barnett (Admin & Finance Support), Sheryn Ellis (Admin Support & Sponsorship Liaison.) BOTTOM L-R: Vikki Siliato (Admin & Member Support), Carla Mahony (Awards Administration), and Katrina Ferguson (Editorial Supervisor.)

Thank you sincerely to all of you for your dedication to the work you do every day, for your support to the Board, councils and committees, for managing the operational capabilities of the AIPP and for being a friendly and helpful voice to so many on the other end of the phone.

You are truly appreciated and I know I speak for the rest of the Board when I say thank you.

That’s all from me for this month. As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Best to contact our admin team directly by phone or send an email to:

Thank you everyone and I’ll see you again next month.

– Louise Bagger APP AAIPP

AIPP National President

AIPP Board 2020


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