Kaye Davis named Photographer of the Year

K Davis POY 2013 smlPalmerston North photographer Kaye Davis has been named this year’s Photographer of the Year at the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography‘s annual Iris Awards.

Davis topped the Creative category of the awards programme and also scored highly in the Illustrative category, leading her to the overall win and to become the sixth NZIPP member to achieve Grad Master status, the organisation’s highest distinction.

Mike Langford, the institute’s president, says Davis’ work is consistently at the cutting edge of the creative photographic process.

“She pushes the boundaries with her experimentation and originality, and shows us new ways of seeing.”

The photographer, who also lectures at Palmerston North’s UCOL institute, was awarded the title at a gala dinner last night as part of the NZIPP’s 75th anniversary celebrations at the Pullman hotel in Auckland.

D-Photo will bring you full coverage of this year’s Iris Award-winners in the coming days; below is a selection of Davis’ successful prints from the awards.

Asian Metropolis, Creative Category

Asian Metropolis, Creative category

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Infocus open day tomorrow

Images by Rachael Hale McKenna

Images by Rachael Hale McKenna

While the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography’s Infocus convention might be the biggest date on the professional photography calendar it’s not just for the pros – tomorrow all sensible photography enthusiasts should get down to the free Infocus open day in Auckland.

Saturday, August 3 is the third and final day of judging for the annual Iris Professional Photography Awards, a process that is open to the public and invaluable for anyone looking for a little insight and inspiration.

There are four categories being judged in an open forum tomorrow at Auckland’s Pullman Hotel – Wedding Classic, Illustrative, Portrait Creative and Fusion – see the timetable below for times and locations.

In addition to seeing the judging take place, you’ll also have the opportunity to view the award-winning prints from the previous two days of judging.

Once you’ve had your fill of expert critiquing and top level image viewing you can also browse all of the latest and greatest photography gear on display from over 20 leading photographic suppliers.

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APotY13: Monochrome finalists

The winners of the Nikon D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year 2013 competition have been published in D-Photo 55, on sale now, below are the images selected as finalists in the Monochrome category by our panel of industry experts.

Nikon D-Photo Amateur Monochrome Photographer of the Year 2013: Harriet McDonald

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APotY13: Landscape judges’ comments

The winners of the Nikon D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year 2013 competition have been published in D-Photo 55, on sale now – below are a selection of the judges’ comments on the winning images in the Landscape category.

Nikon D-Photo Amateur Landscape Photographer of the Year 2013: Patrick Imrutai

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Lynn Clayton: Iconic New Zealand and a real challenge for a photographer to come up with something that stops one in their tracks. This image has captured an amazing  moment with cross lighting, subtle and enchanting.

Andrew Hales: Milford Sound is challenging place to shoot, the tree brand bottom left of screen has ruined several shots of tried, yet it works in this image. The amazing clouds and cross of light is what made it stand out, beautiful representation of a beautiful place.

Lester de Vere: Dramatic crossing skies make this broody image a masterpiece with a strong central dynamic that holds the viewer in a very graphic way. (more…)

APotY13: Landscape finalists

The winners of the Nikon D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year 2013 competition have been published in D-Photo 55, on sale now, below are the images selected as finalists in the Landscape category by our panel of industry experts.

Nikon D-Photo Amateur Landscape Photographer of the Year 2013: Patrick Imrutai

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APotY13: Creative judges’ comments

The winners of the Nikon D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year 2013 competition have been published in D-Photo 55, on sale now – below are a selection of the judges’ comments on the winning images in the Creative category.

Nikon D-Photo Amateur Creative Photographer of the Year 2013: Stacey Cavalier

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Lester de Vere: The longer you “take in” the image… the more you get involved with the wonderful blend of textures and emotions given to the viewer. The cropping is exquisite; the flowers add to the wooden texture overlay… this is a personal favourite for me.

Lynn Clayton: An image which draws one into it- one wasn’t sure if it was a real girl or not, quite cleverly conceived. The layering was well executed overall although there was a small area burnt out on the right shoulder that could easily be rectified.

Jeremy Andrews: Stacey’s image successfully transplants a stark veneer to a child’s portrait with great effect. The cracked and peeling paint is the perfect contradiction to what the viewer might other expect to be looking at.

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APotY13: Creative finalists

The winners of the Nikon D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year 2013 competition have been published in D-Photo 55, on sale now, below are the images selected as finalists in the Creative category by our panel of industry experts.

Nikon D-Photo Amateur Creative Photographer of the Year 2013: Stacey Cavalier

1 stacey-cavalier-creative (more…)