Behind the scenes of my award-winning year at NZIPP’s Iris Awards
This year was my first year as an accredited photographer entering the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP) Iris Awards.
I received three bronze awards in the Portrait category, as well as a bronze, silver, and remarkably a GOLD in the Family category. To come away with six awards from my first accredited year is a wonderful result from a lot of hard work to be a better photographer, to juggle life, family and small business aspirations this year.
I worked really hard for this. When I wasn’t working, I was working on my entries; talking with peers, friends, and my mentor, editing and re-editing my work, refining my choices for entry, and then *gulp* paying the money and submitting the work. I even travelled to Palmerston North to meet with Rachael Smith of Rāhera Creative to discuss the best possible print options for each of my entries. I trusted her expertise and appreciated her patience with me as I learned about the best papers for my work (Rachael is a Master of Photography, NZIPP Distinction, and an Ilford Master! She’s also an Iris judge for nature and landscape categories).
NZIPP Distinction of 'Associate of Photography'
Through the result of six awards this year the NZIPP Honours Council awarded me an NZIPP Distinction of 'Associate of Photography' at the Gala dinner. It even comes with a medal on a beautiful blue ribbon. So now I’m hooked. I’m already thinking about my entries for next year. I’m yet to set my goals for 2024 but challenging myself and making beautiful work continue to be motivation. I’m so grateful that our industry body provides this opportunity to grow and learn and to win some awards in the process. Thank you to the NZIPP!