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e-news March 2021

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Featured image by Alex Huang

March is on the march, and Easter is on the horizon. We hope you’ve had a chance to read our recent ‘mythbuster’ about AIPP’s present and future, as well as checked out our ‘Power of the Image’ conversation with Chair of APVP, Lauren Panrucker. In this month’s e-News, we’ll give you an update on awards judging, promote some exciting international award results for Aussie photographers, and share some great current deals from our Trade Partners. We’ll also remind you about the upcoming Sony Film Festival and the deadline for the Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship.   

Awards Update

The Silver Lining Awards closed on March 1st and for the last two weeks AIPP judges have been busily assessing images, scoring them and providing written comments on every single entry. Results shall be revealed after the winners are announced on Wednesday 21st April.

Our live Judge Feedback Sessions start online on Monday 29th March and run until Wednesday 7th April (with a break for the Easter weekend). These sessions feature AIPP member images – scores will be revealed and judges will talk to the images, discussing what worked well and where improvements could have been made. The Judge Feedback Sessions are open to the general public and are free events, all you have to do is register online so you can be emailed the Zoom link before your chosen session. Join as many sessions as you wish and enjoy amazing photography and passionate commentary.

The Silver Lining Awards prize pool was confirmed earlier this month and sits at over $60,000! AIPP would like to thank the incredible Trade Partners and sponsors who contributed to this prize pool so that our entrants could be so well-rewarded for their incredible entries. Prizes will be awarded to 1st – 3rd place in all categories.

Before we sign off for March, a reminder that the AIPP Epson State Awards will open for entries in every state on Monday 3rd May. More information about the State Awards to follow shortly, stay tuned for an update next month.

Reminder: Sony Film Festival

The Sony Film Festival celebrates the best short form filmmaking shot on Sony cameras across Australia and New Zealand. Showcase your talent and creativity across three categories, Fiction, Non Fiction and Music Video, for a chance to win a range of unique prizes including over $15,000 AUD worth of Sony camera gear. You can find more information here.

Check out the video below for a festival teaser.

Guest Review: ASUS ProArt Display Monitor PA278QV

Are you looking for a new monitor or an upgrade? If so, check out our guest review on AIPP Digest; Alison Hockings takes the ASUS ProArt Display monitor for a test drive and discusses its features.

The Societies Photographer of the Year: Kristian Piccoli

Congratulations to Melbourne-based Portrait Photographer Kristian Piccoli who has been awarded the title of The Societies’ Photographer of the Year 2020. The Societies of Photographers is a group of organisations incorporating the interests of all aspects of photography. The membership is open to full-time professional, semi-professional and the serious enthusiast. Their mission statement proclaims their aims to “encourage high professional standards in photography by providing continued training programmes that will benefit the experienced professional along with the newcomer to the business.” 

Image by Kristian Piccoli

Australians were also well represented in various categories of this year’s awards – congratulations to Robert Piccoli, Belinda Richards and Mauro Cantelmi for their achievement as category winners.  

You can view the whole gallery of finalists here.

QLD Business Ignite

Queenslanders who are in business, or aspiring to be in business, have an ideal opportunity to receive personalised mentoring for free through the state government’s Business Ignite scheme.

Registration is only available for a few more days, so jump on the site and sign up now to take advantage of this great free opportunity to develop your business skills.

Current Trade Partner Deals

We’re super excited to announce that Studio Ninja are now part of the family and are offering AIPP members 50% off any NEW Studio Ninja subscription plan for 12 months! To view the offer and grab your discount code please click here.

We are also very pleased to announce FujiFilm are offering 10% off all Fuji products for the next 3 months through Georges Cameras. To find out more and to grab your discount code for this offer, please email

*If you can’t see the offers, you will need to contact the friendly team at and check your AIPP membership is up to date.

March 2021 Licentiates

Congrats to our newest Accredited Members

We would also like to offer our warmest congratulations to our newest Accredited members:

Andrew Loiterton (APP)
Bruce Moyle (APVP)
David Dahlenburg (APP)
Kelvin Lau (APP)
Kurtis Hickling (APP)
Leanne Mason (APP)
Paul Thomsen (APP)

Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship

It’s that time of year again when those looking for the ultimate inspiration are encouraged to apply for the Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship.

Expressions of interest can be submitted online until 26th Mach 2021, 5pm AEDT. Shortlisted applicated will then be invited to submit a more detailed proposal. More information can be found here.

Two Accreditations for the price of One

Are you both an AIPP photographer AND a videographer? Did you know you can apply for both accreditations and, once approved, you pay just ONE membership fee? Get in touch with us to find out more at

We’d love to hear from you!

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