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e-news January 2021

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Featured image by Jeremy Byrnes

Happy 2021! We hope your New Year has gotten off to a great start. In today’s post we have some big news about some of the prizes on offer for the Silver Lining Awards, as well as some information on a new virtual exhibition, an upcoming documentary and a celebration of some recent milestones by members.

Silver Lining Awards

The biggest news in AIPP Awards Land is that the Silver Lining Awards open on Feb 1st – that’s only one week away! With exciting new categories on offer, this year the Silver Lining Awards are hoping to appeal to the broader photographic community. We’re open to the general public, overseas entrants and our AIPP members and we’d love to see your entries flooding into our new and improved online awards entry system. Every single entry into the competition receives a score and written judge feedback – we know how important feedback is to develop your craft as a photographer. Our professionally-trained AIPP judges are skilled at providing valuable and insightful comments and they can’t wait to see your images.

Of course, there will be fabulous prizes on offer for first, second and third places in each category, including the Student category. As a little ‘teaser’ of goods you can expect to see in the prize pool, we are delighted to announce that our loyal Trade Partner Olympus have generously supplied the OM-D E-M1 Mark III camera body with the M.Zuiko Digital 12-100mm F4.0 PRO lens – whoa! This beauty will feature as the first prize in our Natural World category. You want more? Okay…how about our friends in SA, Atkins Photo Lab, generously donating a massive $3500 voucher as the first prize for the Portrait category!! Australia’s oldest lab have a stunning range of products and services on offer and this prize is sure to delight the winner.

We always offer perks to AIPP members with one FREE entry into the SLAs, free access to online image critique sessions during the entry period and the option to select one image for live online judge feedback after the images have been judged. That’s a fabulous bundle of perks! If you’re not an AIPP member, the great news is that you can become a General Member for the bargain price of only $10 per month!! Click here to join today and start claiming your member perks and benefits immediately.

If you want to see the calibre of work that defined the Silver Lining Awards last year, download a free PDF of our SLA 2020 Awards Book, which highlights all semi-finalist, finalist and winning images. A printed copy of this beautiful book can be yours – AIPP is proudly working with our Trade Partner Momento Pro to bring an A4, softcover, 105 page coffee table book into reality. A one-time-only, exclusive print run is set for February and you have one more week to order your copy of this stunning celebration of photography. Do it now before you miss this opportunity forever!

More fabulous prizes to be announced soon!

Reminder: APPA 2021

We’re looking forward to bringing our ‘grand dame’ of the awards season back in 2021. Don’t forget to update your calendars with the dates below.

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

Victorian Archives’ A New Normal Virtual Exhibition

Victorian Archives recently launched a new virtual exhibition, A New Normal. Focusing on the unprecedented year that was 2020, the exhibition examines how Australians responsed with resilience to the chaos and disruption of the global pandemic. Featuring work from local street photographers, documentarians and photojournalists, the exhibition captures the moments of kindness, creativity, hardship and surreal-ness that defined 2020 in Victoria. 

Alongside these contemporary images, photographs have been drawn from the collections of the Victorian State Government and National Archives of Australia to look at change in our past, both negative and positive, and reflect on historic images that draw comparisons to what we experienced in the tumultuous year of 2020.

To access the virtual exhibition, click here.

Trailer for upcoming Documentary Picturing Home

Picturing Home is 50-minute documentary that follows the story of Jai Jaru, born in Thailand and adopted by a family from Adelaide. After moving to Sydney, Jai finds herself homeless on and off for twenty years. It is the gift of a disposable camera which starts her on a journey that changes her life.

Directed by Annette Cohen and written by Marcus Gillezeau, the film was made over three years in inner Sydney. With a community photography competition as a backdrop, the film explores the difficult lives of the homeless as communicated through how Jai sees the world through her camera lens. It culminates in Jai’s first solo photography exhibition.  

Cohen says that the film “reminds us of the importance of connection, hope and ultimately the power of creativity and purpose.” She is in discussion with a broadcaster for a 2021 screening, and the film will be shown at community screenings by the City of Sydney Council throughout the year. The film and photography competition were generously support by Fujifilm. You can find further details on screenings and the film’s release here.

For more information on the project that began Jai’s journey with photography:

January 2021 Licentiate

Congrats to our newest Accredited Photographers

We would also like to offer our warmest congratulations to our newest Accredited Professional Photographers, Jodie Harris and Geoff Baldry. Welcome to the AIPP Community!

ASUS Monitor Review

Have you been considering upgrading your monitor? If so, check out our recent featured guest review by Adam Hourigan on the ASUS ProArt PA329Q 32” monitor here.

We’d love to hear from you!

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