Jackie Ranken

Australian Professional Photography Awards gallery part one

As part of our coverage of the 36th Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards, D-Photo beings you the first of two galleries displaying select works from this year’s winners.

2012 Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year – Adam Pretty, Sydney NSW

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Australian photographer of the year announced

© Adam Pretty

Sports photographer Adam Pretty has this year scooped the highest honour in Australia’s most prestigious photography awards, organized by the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP).

Sydney-based Pretty has been named Professional Photographer of the Year at the 36th Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards during a special gala dinner in Melbourne last night.

The sports and advertising photographer, whose work was featured in the latest international World Press Photo awards, also took out the Sports Photographer of the Year category.

New Zealand made a showing at this year’s line up thanks to Queenstown-based photographer (and long-time D-Photo contributor) Jackie Ranken, who picked the Australian landscape Photographer of the Year award.

Other winners include Easton Chang as Advertising Photographer of the Year, Sue Bryce (profiled in D-Photo 47) as Portrait Photographer of the Year and Todd McGaw Travel Photographer of the Year.

The 2012 awards prize pool was valued over AUS$40,000, including a grand prize of AUS$20,000 worth of Canon gear – this year over 3100 images were submitted by 850 photographers.

You can view the complete list of awards below; D-Photo will soon bring you galleries of the winning entries.


Winners for the 2012 Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards are:

• 2012 Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year – Adam Pretty, Sydney NSW

• 2012 AIPP Australian Advertising Photographer of the Year – Easton Chang, Warners Bay NSW

• 2012 AIPP Australian Fashion Photographer of the Year – Genelle Bevan, Berwick, VIC

• 2012 AIPP Architectural Photographer of the Year – Tim Griffith, Castlemaine, VIC

• 2012 AIPP Fusion Award – Matthew Ebenezer, Toowoomba, QLD

• 2012 AIPP Australian Sport Photographer of the Year – Adam Pretty, Sydney NSW

• 2012 AIPP Australian Travel Photographer of the Year – Todd McGaw, Brisbane, QLD

• 2012 AIPP Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year – Jackie Ranken, Queenstown, NZ

• 2012 AIPP Australian Science Environment & Nature Photographer of the Year – Darren Jew, Brighton, QLD

• 2012 AIPP Australian Documentary Photographer of the Year – Lesley Downie, Noosa Ville, QLD

• 2012 AIPP Australian Illustrative Photographer of the Year – Charmaine Heyer, Mooroobool, QLD

• 2012 AIPP Australian Fine Art Photographer of the Year – Hilary Hann, Kent Town, SA

• 2012 AIPP Australian Portrait Photographer of the Year – Sue Bryce, Leichhardt, NSW

• 2012 AIPP Australian Family Photographer of the Year – Jonelle Beveridge, Banjup, WA

• 2012 AIPP Australian Wedding Photographer of the Year – Ryan Schembri, Drummonye, NSW

• 2012 AIPP Australian Creative Photographer of the Year – Kelly Brown, Kenmore Hills, QLD

• 2012 AIPP Student Photographer Of The Year – Ona Janzen, Blackheath, NSW

• 2012 AIPP Tertiary Photography Institution Of The Year – Photography Studies College (PSC), South Melbourne, VIC

• 2012 Highest Scoring Colour Print Award – Charmaine Heyer, Mooroobool, QLD

• 2012 Highest Scoring Print Monochrome Award – Jose Luis Guardia, Granada

• 2012 AIPP Australian Album of the Year Award – Nadine Saacks, Rose Bay, NSW

• 2012 AIPP Australian Photography Book Award – Fier Institute, Capalabar, QLD

Travel perks

Last year D-Photo ran our first Travel Photography competition with a chance to win a trip to participate in a weekend workshop with the Queenstown Centre for Creative Photography, flights and accommodation provided by Canon New Zealand.

Chris Fawcett’s quirky shot of ornate Versailles, France earned top spot in the competition (see D-Photo 44), securing a place for the photographer at Mike Langford and Jackie Ranken’s Otago-based Autumn Colours workshop.

This four-day experience involves roaming through the ruggedly beautiful Skippers Canyon and Macetown areas in four-wheel drive vehicles, chasing down some of New Zealand’s most sublime landscape opportunities.

Fawcett says the event was a mix of different types of sessions that all helped him try out new techniques and gain valuable insights from two of the country’s best.

“We had some straight camera technique instructions, we had time to critique our own and other photographs and we had time to discuss design and see some of Mike and Jackie’s work. However most of the time was out and around at Macetown and Skippers Canyon taking photos.

“It was great to take photos then be able to critique them and discuss technical aspects with two very knowledgeable professionals.”

In the master photographers’ own words, the workshop has been designed to encourage photographers to ‘take risks, to be inspired and energised, to be more open and expressive in your photography’.

“We consider the process of making images to be more important than in some cases than the product. You should leave this course knowing yourself a little better; and your camera and tripod will be your best friend.”

It’s an education that Fawcett certainly found rewarding, counting lessons in filters, contrast settings and white balance as well as beginning understand the elements of design as his most valuable.

“I learnt a way of looking at making photos – I did not expect to have to re-think how I was taking the photo, but this will be a great thing to take in to the future,” explains Fawcett.

“[Jackie and Mike are a] combination of being extremely talented and yet good teachers. In my experience this is a rare combination.”

Below are a few images Fawcett created while on the workshop, which he says he would highly recommend to any photographer.

Print right

Getting your favourite images from screen to print can be a trickier prospect than it might initially seem, especially if your looking to produce something that’s up to scratch for photography competitions. Award-winning photographer Jackie Ranken is here to share a few points to consider when creating your own, hopefully award-winning prints.  

This article is an extension of Jackie’s look at the new Canon Pixma Pro-1 A3+ photo printer, published in D-Photo 48 on sale May 28.

Printing my own images is important to me, because it allows me to be spontaneous and responsive with my photography from the beginning to end. I believe that images become photographs only once they are printed and the benefits are that once printed it will last between 100-200 years. It is only in this final state that its visual impact is final and complete.

That is why we have ‘print awards’. It’s an integral part of our visual communication. Having my own printer allows me to celebrate my photography in the best possible way, there is nothing like getting back after a days shoot, printing a favourite image, pinning it up on the wall and having a glass of Chardonnay with Mike as we debrief. This is what being a photographer is all about, showing your work.

I will outline the results and the procedure I use to print my images for competitions and limited editions. I am going to suggest to you a printing technique I use to find the most appropriate paper and profile for the image (without using too much paper or ink). This article is not about colour management but you do need to understand about colour spaces and colour profiles to get the best out of your printing.

Start with a colour balanced and profiled monitor. I make a colour chart by making a collage of a range of my own images. I try and include a wide range of colours and tonal ranges that I like.

Before I print a full A3 or A4 image I will make a test print by selecting a strip of the print and dropping it onto a blank sheet (in Photoshop). If needed I then make consecutive test strips below that first strip. If the first test is not suitable I can make changes to the way the print is rendered, (Perceptual vs. Relative Colormetric) and/or allowing the printer to control the colour vs. Photoshop and/or create a custom ICC profile from the software supplied.

I own my own Xrite i1 Profiler and am able to create custom profiles that created a slightly more accurate print. If you buy your printer and paper (from a New Zealand company) they may create a custom profile for your favourite papers at no charge.

When printing full prints it’s important to write notes on the edge of each print, identifying what paper it is and what setting was used. When you have a series of the same image printed on various papers you can make valued judgments and see what papers work best with various types of images.

For instance, glossy papers tend to make the colours and the image jump off the page, where as, when you view a matt printed image you tend to sink into it. It’s an aesthetic that needs to be considered because it has an emotive effect. Choose the best paper to suit the communication.

For more of Jackie’s work head to her website

Luscious landscapes from both side of the ditch

Some of the top photographers from both here and Australia will soon be exhibiting their best efforts at a showcase of world-class landscape photography in Auckland.

Organised by the Contemporary Photography Foundation, the June exhibition features works from the likes of Ken Duncan and Christian Fletcher from Australia as well as locals such as Mike Langford, Jackie Ranken and Andris Apse.

The Foundation has arranged the landscape exhibition, running from June 15 to 17, as part of the citywide Auckland Festival of Photography and is the first of its kind, says director Ronald Winstone.

The exhibition will be held at Parnell’s Kinder House where all works will be available for purchase.

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Travel Media Awards – Photography Winners

As part of our coverage of this year’s Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards D-Photo brings you a gallery of the winners in the programme’s photography section.

Cathay Pacific Travel Photographer of the Year Award (in association with Royal Caribbean’s Celebrity Cruises)

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Travel Smart

Jackie Ranken finishes off her wonderful guide to lighting techniques for travel portraiture in D-Photo 47, on sale today. For those ready to pack their bags and put these lessons into practice Jackie has also put together this handy checklist of the gear she find most helpful in her wandering photographic adventures.

My Travel Kit

Many people struggle with decisions about what lenses and camera to take on a trip. My answer is to take gear that will allow you to take the kind of images you aspire to make. My motivation to travel is to photograph landscapes as well as people so I make sure I carry a sturdy tripod. I dismantle the tripod head from the legs so that it will fit into my checked luggage. I ‘carry on’ my camera bag and laptop bag. I know airlines say you can only ‘carry on’ one bag, but I have found two bags with electronics will always get through as long as they are not too heavy (placing a laptop in your camera bag can make it too heavy). My Kit includes:

Wide-angle lens

The wide-angle lens on my full frame sensor Canon 5D mkII is f/ 2.8 16-35mm, to see the equivalent view on a smaller sensor camera you require a 10-22mm lens.

These ultra-wide-angle lenses are primarily used for landscape photography but it’s also handy for environmental portraits. These portraits show what the person looks like as well as what they do and where they are. The largest and sharpest objects in the frame become the most important elements, followed successively by other subject matter.

Mid-range lens

An f/2.8 24-70mm is equivalent to 17-42mm on a small sensor camera.  The wide on this lens would be wide enough for most environmental portraiture (many people opt for an 18-200mm lens as a travel lens because of it’s versatility and less changes of lens means less chance of getting dust on your sensor).

Telephoto lens

An f/2.8 70-200mm is the lens that helps separate my subject away from the background. My f/2.8 lens is quite heavy because the glass elements within the lens are much bigger. It’s the lens that I have and I love it, so I am prepared to travel with it. An f/4 lens will also do a very good job. What’s most important is the idea and the correct use of the equipment you have.

Tripods and camera shake

Whenever your shutter speed is between 1/15th of a second and one second camera shake can be caused by the simple press on the exposure button. The best technique is to use a cable release or infrared cable release to fire the shutter. If this is not available another option is to use a two-second delay timer.

The best travel tripod is the tripod you are prepared to carry with you and not leave back in the hotel. Generally your tripod should weigh more that your camera body and lens or the whole set-up can be top heavy and unstable. Many tripods have a small hook at the bottom of the centre post so you can add weight and thereby add stability. The next consideration is a camera bag that allows you to attach your tripod so that you can still have your hands free. Cheap tripods can be dangerous for your gear.


I have a small halogen torch that has two settings; a bright spotlight and soft diffused light. It’s lightweight and can also be mounted on my forehead to leave my hands free for walking or looking for gear when it’s dark.

I don’t take a flash when travelling; in my next article I will write about using flash for portraits.

Jackie Ranken is an EOS Master and multi-Iris award-winning photographer and photography teacher based in Queenstown. Visit the Queenstown Centre for Creative Photography for more details of Jackie’s work and workshops. 


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