Iris '14: Travel, Wedding Classic and Creative

Continuing D-Photo's online coverage of this year's Iris Professional Photography Awards, we are proud to present the winning images in the Travel, Wedding Classic and Wedding Creative categories.

Travel category: Mike Hollman

Auckland's Mike Hollman makes his second showing in the champions list by taking the top travel spot of the year, a title he continues to hold from last year's Iris Awards. The richly detailed winning images come from Mike's travels in China.

(C) Copyright Mike Hollman - Travel Category - Gold Image Gold award

 

(C) Copyright Mike Hollman - Travel Category - Silver Distinction Image Silver Distinction award

 

 

(C) Copyright Mike Hollman - Travel Category - Silver ImageSilver award

Wedding Classic category: Jason Naylor

Jason Naylor, from Wellington wedding team We Do Photography, took the top spot in the Wedding Classic category this year, with a portfolio of dynamic, contemporary wedding imagery. The Wedding Classic category recognises excellence in genuine wedding photography, taken at an actual wedding, and focussing on in-camera skills. Jason also topped this year's Wedding Album category.

02_Creative_PhotosGold award

02_Creative_PhotosGold award

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Wedding Creative category: Jake Thomas

Jake Thomas, an Australian expat now living in New Zealand, was named this year's winner in the Wedding Creative category, for his striking set of innovative wedding shots. The Creative category allows for images created outside of the official wedding event and permits for more experimentation with composite and post-production techniques.

(C) Copyright Jake Thomas - Wedding Creative Category - Gold Distinction ImageGold Distinction award

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(C) Copyright Jake Thomas - Wedding Creative Category - Silver ImageSilver award

You can follow all of D-Photo‘s coverage of both the Iris Awards and the Infocus photography conference here.

Iris '14: Portrait Classic and Creative, Student

Continuing D-Photo's online coverage of this year's Iris Professional Photography Awards, we are proud to present the winning images in the Portrait Classic, Portrait Creative, and Student categories.

Portrait Classic category: Catherine Cattanach

As well as picking up the Highest Scoring Entry award for her extraordinary Gold Distinction-winning portrait, Wellington's Catherine Cattanach also took the top nod in classic portraits with this elegantly emotive showing.

Portrait ClassicGold Distinction award

Portrait Classic Silver Distinction award

 

Portrait Classic Silver Distinction award

 

Portrait Creative category: Holly Spring

Auckland photographer Holly Spring had a huge result at this year's competition; not only did she win the top spot for creative portraits, but she earned both her Associate and Master distinction with the NZIPP in one fell swoop.

(C) Copyright Holly Spring - Portrait Creative Category - Gold Image Gold award

 

Portrait - Creative Silver Distinction award

 

Portrait - Creative Silver Distinction award

 

Student category: Amy Fowler

UCOL student Amy Fowler topped the category reserved for both students or assistants for the second time in as many years, leaving her fellow students wishing she would hurry up and graduate and give someone else a chance.

(C) Copyright Amy Fowler- Student Category - Gold Image Gold award

 

(C) Copyright Amy Fowler - Student Category - Gold ImageGold award

You can follow all of D-Photo‘s coverage of both the Iris Awards and the Infocus photography conference here.

 

Iris '14: Fusion, Illustrative, Landscape

Continuing D-Photo's online coverage of this year's Iris Professional Photography Awards, we are proud to present the winning images in the Fusion, Illustrative, and Landscape categories.

Fusion category: Ollie Dale

Auckland photographer Ollie Dale wins the Fusion category for the third year in a row. His unbroken streak since the award was introduced in 2012 has led some to suggest the category simply be renamed the Ollie Dale Award. Check out Ollie's winning video below.

Gold Distinction award

Illustrative category: Richard Wood

Hawke's Bay's Richard Wood took out the top award at this year's Iris competition thanks to his category-topping Illustrative portfolio, assisted by a strong showing in the Portrait Creative category.

(C) Copyright Richard Wood - Illustrative Category - Gold ImageGold award

(C) Copyright Richard Wood - Illustrative Category - Gold ImageGold award

(C) Copyright Richard Wood - Illustrative Category - Silver Distinction ImageSilver Distinction award

Landscape category: Jackie Ranken

Queenstown's Jackie Ranken, an Iris Awards perennial, secures her second Landscape category win in a row with another beautiful series of richly detailed monochrome landscape studies.

(C) Copyright Jackie Ranken - Landscape Category - Gold Distinction ImageGold Distinction award

(C) Copyright Jackie Ranken - Landscape Category - Gold ImageGold award

(C) Copyright Jackie Ranken - Landscape Category - Silver Distinction ImageSilver Distinction award

You can follow all of D-Photo‘s coverage of both the Iris Awards and the Infocus photography conference here.

Iris '14: Commercial, Creative, Documentary

Continuing D-Photo's online coverage of this year's Iris Professional Photography Awards, we are proud to present the winning images in the Commercial, Creative, and Documentary categories.

Commercial category: Mike Hollman

Auckland-based photographer Mike Hollman this year pulls down the top commercial spot in the Iris Awards with a portfolio of graphically striking architectural images.

 Stairways.   For a feature on Modern Chinese Architecture.Gold award

Airport: For a feature on Modern Chinese Architecture.Silver Distinction award

The Great Hall.  For a feature on Modern Chinese Architecture.Silver award

Creative category: Kaye Davis

For the second year in a row Palmerston North photographer and lecturer, Kaye Davis, takes out the Creative category with a series of beautifully designed photographic prints.

 (C) Copyright Kaye Davis - Creative Category - Silver ImageSilver award

 

(C) Copyright Kaye Davis - Creative Category - Silver ImageSilver award

 

(C) Copyright Kaye Davis - Creative Category - Silver Image Silver award

 

Documentary category: Bob Tulloch

Bay of Plenty photographer Bob Tulloch topped the 2014 Documentary category – previously the Photojournalism category but this year amended to include a wider range of images.

(C) Copyright Bob Tulloch - Documentary Category - Silver ImageSilver award

 

(C) Copyright Bob Tulloch - Documentary Category - Bronze Image Bronze award

 

 

(C) Copyright Bob Tulloch - Documentary Category - Bronze ImageBronze award

You can follow all of D-Photo‘s coverage of both the Iris Awards and the Infocus photography conference here.

Iris '14: Overseas Photographer, Highest Scoring Print, Rookie of the Year

Continuing D-Photo's online coverage of this year's Iris Professional Photography Awards, we are proud to present the winning images in the Overseas Photographer of the Year, Highest Scoring Entry Award, and Rookie Photographer of the Year 2014.

Overseas Photographer of the Year: Paul Hoelen

Tasmanian-based photographer Paul Hoelen has taken the Overseas Photographer of the Year award for a second time (first being in 2012). This year he found success with a serious of beautiful aerial landscape images in both the Illustrative and Landscape categories.

(C) Copyright Paul Hoelen - Landscape Category - Gold ImageLandscape category, Gold award

(C) Copyright Paul Hoelen - Illustrative Category - Silver ImageIllustrative category, Silver award

 

(C) Copyright Paul Hoelen - Illustrative Category - Silver Image Illustrative category, Silver award

 

 

(C) Copyright Paul Hoelen - Illustrative Category - Silver ImageIllustrative category, Silver award

Highest Scoring Entry: Catherine Cattanach

This terrifically emotive portrait by Wellington's Catherine Cattanach scored an unprecedented 99 points at the competition. The live judging process resulted in an amazing, emotional discussion between the judges and a room significantly lacking in dry eyes.

Portrait ClassicPortrait Classic category, Gold Distinction award

Rookie Photographer of the Year: Anthony Turnham

The inaugural winner of the new Rookie Photographer of the Year Award, given to the best-scoring first-time Iris entrant, is Christchurch wedding photographer, Anthony Turnham.

(C) Copyright Anthony Turnham - Wedding Classic Category - Gold ImageWedding Classic category, Gold award

 

(C) Copyright Anthony Turnham - Wedding Creative Category - Gold Image Wedding Creative category, Gold award

 

 

Wedding - CreativeWedding Creative category, Silver Distinction award

You can follow all of D-Photo's coverage of both the Iris Awards and the Infocus photography conference here.

Richard Wood named Photographer of the Year

Richard Wood profileHawke's Bay photographer Richard Wood scored the top honour at this year's Iris Professional Photography Awards, being named the New Zealand Photographer of the Year for 2014. Wood topped the Illustrative category in this year's awards programme, organised by the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP), and was a finalist in the Portrait Creative category.

He was announced this year's champion at a gala dinner last night in Rotorua, as part of the Infocus photography conference; this is the second the photographer has topped the competition, the first being in 2011.

Mike Langford, president of the NZIPP, says Wood is a photographer with a gift for continually producing images that sit at the cutting edge of the creative photographic process.

"He pushes the boundaries with his experimentation and originality, and shows us new ways of seeing.”

Below are is a gallery of Wood's successful images from this year's Iris awards; in the following days we'll be bringing you galleries of the other category winners, so check back often.

(C) Copyright Richard Wood - Illustrative Category - Gold ImageIllustrative category, Gold award

(C) Copyright Richard Wood - Illustrative Category - Gold ImageIllustrative category, Gold award

(C) Copyright Richard Wood - Illustrative Category - Silver Distinction ImageIllustrative category, Silver Distinction award

(C) Copyright Richard Wood - Portrait Creative Category - Gold Image Portrait Creative category, Gold award

Creative Portrait Portrait Creative category, Silver Distinction award

Creative Portrait Portrait Creative category, Silver Distinction award