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e-news February 2021

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Featured image by Robin Moon

With the Silver Lining Awards now open, we hope February has had your creative neurons firing. In this month’s e-News, we’ll remind you of the fantastic opportunities for feedback on your prospective awards entries. We’ve also got some information on Sony’s upcoming film festival, a series of workshops in Kakadu with Peter Eastway, and a celebration of this month’s member milestones. The Operations Team have certainly been busy this month assisting members with logins, event purchases and all the other fun stuff that goes on behind the scenes. We’d like to say thank you for your continued support and we welcome any feedback you may have for us.

Silver Lining Awards

It’s been all systems go here in AIPP Awards land, with the Silver Lining Awards 2021 opening at the start of February. It’s been wonderful to see members and non-members alike registering for this comp and we are welcoming students and international entrants as well. Don’t delay, register your Silver Lining Awards account today!

NEW and DIFFERENT second time round

The big news about the SLAs 2021 is that we have changed the game so that every single image entered into the competition receives a score and written comments from AIPP-trained judges. This means the cost of entry doesn’t just buy you the chance to compete for some wonderful prizes, it also buys you genuine feedback on your photography.

Image Critiques On Now!

AIPP members are invited to attend online Image Critique sessions prior to entering images into the Silver Lining Awards. We hosted three successful sessions last week and have another three to go this week. These sessions are offered to our members for free and are hugely educational and enjoyable to watch. With attendees describing the judges’ advice as “invaluable”, what have you go to lose? Book your ticket right now!

APS Approved: A First for an AIPP Awards

In a new move for AIPP, we have worked with the Australian Photographic Society (APS) to have the Silver Lining Awards APS approved. This means that APS members are welcome to enter the SLAs and, any image that receives a score of 70 or above, are eligible to count as national acceptances towards Australia Photographic Society Honours LAPS, AAPS. We hope that by working with APS, many more photographers will find the SLAs appealing to enter – remember that this competition is open to all!

One Week Until Entries Close

Entry to the Silver Lining Awards is open until Monday 1st March at 6pm AEDT. There’s no need to leave your entry to the last minute, hour or day…jump online right now and enter your fabulous work! Eleven exciting categories, an AMAZING prize pool donated by our dedicated Trade Partners (we’re updating it all time, so check back daily!) and feedback on every single image you enter – what’s not to love?!

AIPP members receive one free entry into the competition using the special discount code which landed in their inboxes. If you need help locating the code, drop a line to and we’ll help out.

New Board Structure

In case you missed it, we recently announced a new Board structure, one that has emerged from the recent innovations and the introduction of the chapter system. Under this new structure, each of the board members will focus on specific areas of expertise, while the incoming Chair, to be announced shortly, will concentrate on connecting AIPP with the wider arts community. This new structure will assist AIPP in building stronger connections with arts organisations and funding bodies around the country.

For further information, here’s a video post from Board member Louise Bagger.

Peter Eastway in NT

AIPP is excited to be offering a series of incredible and inspiring events in the Northern Territory with internationally award-winning landscape and wildlife photographer Peter Eastway. With four events to choose from, there are a variety of great opportunities to develop your skills, get creatively inspired and learn from one of the best in the business.

For further information, check out our events page.

NSW Marketing, Copyright and Mini Roadshow Event

The NSW Council is thrilled to bring you a fantastic event on February 26th at the studio of Handprint Photography in Narellan, generously made available by the wonderful Kylie Lyons.

The event will include Business workshops by two of AIPP’s incredibly experienced professional photographers; Kylie Lyons M.Photog I and Chris Shain MAICD, APP.L, AAIPP, Hon LM. Kylie will present ‘Loyalty Programs and Marketing Ideas’, and then Chris will cover ‘How to deal with Licencing, Contracts and Looking after your Future as a Creative’.

The event will wrap with a Mini Roadshow from some brilliant camera brand sponsors who will be there armed with some serious ‘play equipment’ for all attendees. Come along for your chance to pick up and shoot around the grounds and inside the old St Thomas Chapel.

For further information, check out our events page.

Sony Film Festival

On behalf of Sony, we’re excited to celebrate the inaugural Sony Film Festival, a festival dedicated to showcasing the best short-filming making on Sony cameras by filmmakers from Australia and New Zealand. Sony is proud to encourage filmmakers at all levels and is eager to highlight the exceptional talent of the cinematographers and filmmakers who are utilising Sony systems to tell their stories.  

The festival builds on Sony’s established pedigree in the global film and television industry and aims to further inspire and support Australian filmmakers. Prizes include $6000 in Sony digital imaging products and professional development support from Sony. Categories include fiction, non-fiction and music video. Entries close Friday 18th June 2021. You can find more information and enter here.

February 2021 Licentiates

Congrats to our newest Accredited Members

We would also like to offer our warmest congratulations to our newest Accredited members, Allan MacKenzie, Victoria Burcusel, Bec Gordon, Katie Turnbull, Melanie English, and Marianne Wuthrich.

Current Trade Partner Offers for Members

Being an AIPP member has many benefits, including great deals from a variety of our trade partners. We’re excited to welcome back to returning Trade Partners Camera House, ChromaLuxe and Print 2 Metal.

Currently we have a bunch of great offers from new and returning partners, such as 10% off all ProMaster Gear, courtesy of Camera House and CameraPro’s offer of a FREE Basecamp Membership for members. You can find out more by clicking here:

You can access these and other excellent deals currently on offer, by accessing Trade Partner Offers via your member dashboard.

Great deals from Kayell

Did you know Kayell currently have these amazing deals on offer:

10% off Teradek products

20% off Elinchrom products

20% off Inovativ QR System

and Brand New Godox stock is arriving any day now, so get your pre-orders in to ensure you don’t miss out.

They also have a fantastic offer courtesy of LaCie at the moment: purchase from their big Dock range and receive a complimentary Rugged Mini. You full terms and conditions here.

The Power of the Image series

Have you been following our recent blog series, featuring interviews with some of Australia’s best photographers? Head to the blog for inspiring chats with Steve Scalone, David Stowe and Paul Hoelen, and stay tuned for new posts in the series.  

We’d love to hear from you!

AIPP Digest is where we share news, updates, information, photos and articles on a rolling basis. Feel free to leave your thoughts and feedback in the comments section at the bottom of each post. You can also email us directly at

Don’t forget too, we’re always excited to hear about your career achievements and updates (outside of the AIPP) so we can share the good news with our community. Please feel free to send us an email with relevant information, links, images etc.

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