Castelnuova, Gold Award, 1995 Australian Professional Photography Awards. You can read about this image in Peter's book, The New Tradition. Details on the website.
The most important award I ever received in a photo competition was coming second. It was back in 1995 when I aspired to produce great photographs like Doug Spowart, Rob Imhoff, Ken Redpath and John Whitfield-King. Of course I also admired the work of Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Irving Penn, but they were the international legends while Doug, Rob, Ken and John were the leading photographers in the AIPP.
And then at the end of the awards that year, I was standing on stage next to Tim Griffith who was the AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year. Was I bummed that I only came second? Hell, no! I was amazed that I was even on the same stage – that the judges put my photography in the same league.
However, second place wasn’t the real prize, it was the gold and silver awards for my four prints. Winning first or second is a 'judge's preference' and there’s only one of each, but in comparison, gold, silver and bronze awards are a 'standard by which we are judged' and there is no limit to how many will be handed out. It’s not just up to the judges, it’s up to the entrants to reach that standard.
We all love receiving likes and hearts on Facebook and Instagram, but how does your work stack up in the real world? Earning a bronze award tells you you’re on the right track, a silver award is a real mark of achievement. And a gold award – I wish I knew how to get more of them myself!
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