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ACHIEVEMENTS

Digital Imaging Advocate for Sony NZ

At the beginning of 2020, prior to Covid being introduced to the world, I applied to become a Digital Imaging Advocate (aka brand ambassador) for Sony NZ.

Soon after Covid hit putting everything on hold indefinitely.

Then in July I was contacted to say I’d been shortlisted and invited to do a presentation at Sony’s Head Office in Auckland.

I gave my presentation in August and was given the amazing news I was successful.

Sony’s first Pet Photographer, Digital Imaging Advocate across Australasia!

It became official in November and I’m incredibly proud to say I’m officially a Digital Imaging Advocate for Sony NZ.

My first professional interchangeable lens camera was Sony’s official first release the A100, which I still have and it’s original box too!  True Sony camera geek at heart.

What does this mean for me? It means I get to represent the brand I love, respect and have used for over two decades, in an official capacity.  A dream of mine for a very long time and one I’m so incredibly proud to have achieved in such a challenging year.

What does it mean for you? I will be running in person workshops and online webinars about pet photography! And if you attend an in person workshop you may even get to try out some Sony camera gear!

Send me a message if you’d like to know more about my upcoming workshops.

I already have some incredibly exciting things in the pipeline, so roll on 2021!

NZIPP Accredited Professional Photographer

Late last year I joined the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers as an Affiliate member with the goal of applying for my accreditation this year.

The NZIPP is an internationally recognised organisation established in 1938 and is the only qualifying body for professional photographers in New Zealand.

NZIPP Accredited Professional Photographers are recognised as industry leaders.

To become an Accredited member you are required to demonstrate an attainable, minimum standard of quality technically, creatively and within your business practices.

These standards not only allow us photographers to differentiate ourselves in our business. But they provide assurance for clients that they are not only engaging a true professional who has met the standards set by the industry. But that they are also working with a professional photographer who has agreed to be bound by the NZIPP’s Code of Ethics, Constitution and By-laws.

As an Accredited Member you’re also required to continue your growth and personal development as a photographer and focus on your accountability as a business owner. Along with acting as a role model for emerging professional photographers and an ambassador within the photographic profession.

There is specific criteria you must first meet in order to apply for accreditation and then there are four different divisions under which you can choose to apply. There are also only ten submissions allowed on each of the four intakes per year.

The images are assessed on presentation, composition, image quality, creativity and lastly how the judges feel overall – would they send a friend, relative, or colleague to this photographer.

At the beginning of July 2020, I applied under the Specialised category for Pet/Animal. I had to submit a portfolio of 15 images for assessment. 12 out of 15 images were required to pass the above criteria for me to gain accredited status.

I’m ecstatic to announce that I received my feedback at the beginning of September 2020 and not only had I passed and gained my Accreditation, but all 15 of my images submitted had passed!

Additionally I am only the third photographer in NZ to gain accreditation for specialising in pets/animals only. An accomplishment I’m incredibly proud of.

So now when I say now, I’m an award winning professional photographer, it just takes on a whole new level of meaning!

Along with some amazing feedback from the judges, a “solid pass with some outstanding images” and a “good use of colour adding to a strong fun set”.

Colour and fun, that’s definitely me! Outstanding images – WOW!!!

To have passed with such strong positive feedback from my peers is astounding to me.

For anyone experiencing their own challenges this year, even in the most challenging of times, if you persevere, you can achieve great things!

These are just a few of the images I submitted for accreditation.

NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards 2020

I entered ten images into the NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards 2020.

The NZIPP Iris Professional are organised by the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP). These awards are held annually and are open to all New Zealand and International professional photographers and has been running for more than 35 years!

The Awards celebrate the innovation and excellence of professional photography and provides a platform for recognition within the wider photographic community and with the general public.

This was my first year entering these awards and I was so incredibly happy to win one Silver and three Bronze awards!  The remaining six images were of Professional Standard, including two that were just one point off Bronze awards!

Rise International Photography Awards 2020

The Rise International Photography Awards celebrate photographers from all around the world and 2019 was the first year they added a Pet/Animal category.

I have entered less images into the Rise International Photography Awards 2020 than last year and was very pleased to receive two Bronze Awards.

The Pet Photographers Club

2020 International Pet Photographer of the Year

I had two images make it into the Top 100 in the Action & Open categories, with over 2500 images entered into these awards, it was an honour to be included amongst some of the best pet photographers in the world!

Sony Alpha Animal Portrait Instagram Contest 2019

This image of Gracie was taken in Queenstown at the picturesque Bob’s Cove, early one very cold autumn morning, after being rained out the day prior in Cromwell.

Gracie’s parents who had travelled specially to take part, were kind enough to stay overnight for another opportunity the following morning, this time at Bob’s Cove.

It feels like everything aligned, following the rain out the day prior, to make this image happen.

I entered this image in the Sony Alpha Animal Portrait Instagram Contest and subsequently was announced as one of the five winners across New Zealand and Australia.

Also gaining entry into the global competition.

A Sony camera user since I started in photography, I couldn’t wait to enter this competition and to be awarded this recognition amongst my peers and fellow Sony camera users is an achievement that I am very proud of.

The five global competition winners will be announced at the end of September 2019.

The Pet Photographers Club

2019 International Pet Photographer of the Year

I had three images make it into the Top 100 in the Portrait, Action & Open categories, with over 1500 images entered into these awards, it was an honour to be included amongst some of the best pet photographers in the world!

Rise International Photography Awards 2019

These images, some of my favourites from my portfolio, were entered into the Rise International Photography Awards 2019.

The Rise International Photography Awards celebrate photographers from all around the world and 2019 was the first year they added a Pet/Animal category.

I was grateful to get seven bronze awards!

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