UPDATE March 6th, 2020: Due to the continued spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Italian government cancelled all public events, including the World Photographic Cup, which has been postponed 6 months to September 2020.
WPC We’re Coming Soon!
On the 23rd March, 2020, presentation of the 7th annual World Photographic Cup (WPC) winners will be held at the Salone Margherita theatre in Rome, Italy as the culmination of an extensive four-day program of workshops and presentations.
Thanks, in part, to the fundraising efforts of Sue Lewis at the WPC Rome auction night sponsored by Chromaluxe and Epson at APPA last year, five Australian representatives will be there to proudly fly the flag including volunteer WPC captain, Sue, WPC Board member and Australian compatriot, Kylie Lyons, Aussie (wedding category) finalist Shireen Hammond and team Australia members, Mandarine Montgomery (illustration category) and Damien Bowerman (portrait category.)
Mandarine won the 2019 APPA Epson Signature Worthy Award for the highest scoring print and Damien is the reigning AIPP Australian Portrait Photographer of the Year.
Fellow Australian team members (and finalists) Peter Eastway (nature – landscape and wildlife), Belle Verdiglione (reportage) and Matthew Gianoulis (commercial category) will no doubt be willing the team on from the sidelines at home.
Best of Nation
Cheering on from Home
“I really weighed it up because I’ve got a mum due, but I’d literally be on-call for that week!” Belle said.
Belle’s photo was taken in the Family Birth Centre in Subiaco, WA (despite often being mistaken for a home birth image) and has won her multiple international awards including 1st place in the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers (IAPBA) competition and 2nd place overall in the Birth Becomes Her image contest.
The mother/’child’ theme continues with Peter’s walrus and cub image captured in the north-east of Svalbard (an extensive group of islands situated north of mainland Europe, approximately halfway between continental Norway and the North Pole.)
It made up one quarter of his 2019 AIPP Australian Professional Nature Photographer of the Year portfolio.
I’ve met some wonderful guides on the voyages I’ve made to the polar regions… And a good guide will get you great photos.– Peter Eastway
“Our guide was scanning the horizon and way in the distance, saw an iceberg with an unusually shaped top,” Peter wrote on his blog.
“Someone like me would think it was just the shape of the ice, but our guide was thinking it could be walrus. And she was right!”
“As we closed in, we cut the motor to an idle and drifted quietly up to the iceberg. There were a dozen or so walrus, including a few pups, resting. They didn’t seem at all fussed by our presence as we passed by, until something spooked them and they vacated the iceberg. My photo is of the mother instructing her pup to take a dive,” Peter wrote.
“I shot perhaps 50 images as we approached the iceberg and continued afterwards as well. A lone, single-tusked male remained on the iceberg and as we moved away, he made a great shot – which I must process some time.”
The point is that you never know in a situation like this which shot is going to be the best shot, so just take lots and lots.– Peter Eastway
Once in a Lifetime
“I think it’s a once in a lifetime thing,” she said. “Just being nominated is a career highlight for me.”
“Thanks so much Sue!! Congratulations to all my colleagues. What an honour and how thrilling! OMG there are such amazing images, this is such a great honour! Thank you AIPP for choosing one of my images to enter…. I’m beyond thrilled and excited! Xxx Go Team Australia!!”
The photo was created to show the true joy of a wedding day, which can sometimes be forgotten or lost amidst the busyness.
“Their wedding day was joyous! It was a beautiful wedding….it was one of those weddings where everything went right. And Monike’s like Tigger: she’s just a beautiful, gorgeous, happy bride. And you can see it on her face!”– Shireen Hammond
“I said to her, ‘When you spin, I want you to think about all the planning you’ve done; everything that’s come to fruition and how much you’re actually are loving this day.’ And that’s what she gave me,” Shireen said.
I love giving people a little bit of direction through emotion, not just, ‘Spin for me!’– Shireen Hammond
How does it Work?
Australia literally took home the World Photographic Cup in 2019, after finishing as one of the top three nations thrice over prior.
[The WPC’s] singular goal is to unite photographers in a spirit of friendship and cooperation. A Governing Committee has been created to conduct the ongoing affairs of the competition, also supported by UAPP (United Asian Professional Photography) and AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography.)– World Photographic Cup website
The brotherhood and sisterhood of photography is a bond that transcends language, culture, and geography. That’s the foundation behind the World Photographic Cup: a one of a kind international team competition.– WPC website
Each country can choose to enter between three and 18 images for 400 euros and the full contingent of 18 was entered on behalf of Australia as follows:
The photos chosen to represent team Australia are drawn from the vast pool of images entered into the previous year’s APPA.
Our WPC Aussie captain (and APPA event manager for 19 years), Sue Lewis, selects a short-list of possible entires per category usually (but not always) from the gold and gold distinction awarded prints.
From that short-list, the top three images per category as determined by a panel comprising of the AIPP president, awards chair, WPC captain and the previous year’s WPC Australian judge are chosen, before a single image is determined (by the captain alone if a general consensus isn’t previously met.)
The top three scores in each WPC category receive medals, but the top 10 scores in each category count towards their country’s team total (10 points for the Gold, 9 for the Silver etc.) Every photographer whose image ends up in the top 10 contributes points to their team’s total.
Everyone at the AIPP – and behalf of the community at large – wishes our Australian team the best of luck.
Thank you for doing us proud, all of you!