Iris Professional Photography Awards

Iris ’11: Landscape, Travel, Student/Assistant

Continuing D-Photo’s online coverage of this year’s Epson/NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards we present the winners of the Landscape, Travel and Student/Assistant categories.

Jackie Ranken makes yet another appearance on the list, adding the Landscape category to her haul, which also includes Illustrative and Editorial/Photojournalism prizes this year.

A Master of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography and dedicated D-Photo contributor, Ranken is also twice winner of Australian Institute Landscape Photographer of the Year and World Press Award.

Palmerston North-based Gerald Wilson took out this year’s Travel category with a number of his internationally acclaimed portrait shots.

Wilson chalks up his portait success to a love of ‘family’, considering it a privilege to help New Zealand families honour themselves and their loved ones by way of enhanced hand-made portraiture.


This year’s Student/Assistant category was won by UCOL student Aimee Thompson.

Thompson is a second year Bachelor of Applied Visual Imaging student at the school, which for the last six years has been named Institute of the Year, a category that was discontinued this year.

Iris ’11: Illustrative, Portrait – Classic and Creative

Continuing D-Photo’s online presentation of this year’s Epson/NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards here are the winners of the Illustrative, Classic Portrait and Creative Portrait categories.

For an in-depth look at this year’s awards and attached In-Focus conference pick up issue 44 of D-Photo, on sale now.

Already featured in our Iris coverage for her Editorial/Photojournalism win, Jackie Ranken also took out this year’s Illustrative category (spolier: she won the Landscape category too, coming up soon).

A Master of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography and dedicated D-Photo contributor, Ranken is also twice winner of Australian Institute Landscape Photographer of the Year and World Press Award.

This year’s Classic Portrait category went to Waihi-based photographer Mike Hill.

He and his wife Andrea run an award-winning photography company from Waihi Beach, which Hills says is as much about making new friendships as business.

“We provide a unique and professional atmosphere, maintaining open and clear communication so each individual’s photographic needs are looked after, while keeping it relaxed and fun for all.”

Another reoccurring name in this year’s award program, Havelock North-based photographer Richard Wood  won the Creative Portrait category as well as the awards’ top prize.

Wood works extensively throughout New Zealand and abroad as a commercial, wedding, fashion and creative photographer with his work featured in magazines as far afield as the US.

He took the time to chat with D-Photo online about his win here and you will also be hearing more from New Zealand’s Professional Photographer of the Year in issue 45 of D-Photo, on sale October 7.