Well I was totally surprised at the recent Australian Professional Photography Awards when it was announced that one of my prints was awarded the highest scoring print overall.   This means that from the entire three days of judging that included over 2500 entries from professionals from all over the world, one of my prints was chosen as the “Photograph of the Year” and awarded the “2009 Ilford Trophy”.

To be honest I’m still in total disbelief.  Looking at the names printed on the trophy that goes back over 30 years, there are people that are considered to be the icons and legends of the Australian photographic industry.  I just can’t believe that my name will be etched into this trophy too.    I have won a few awards over the years, but one has never been so unexpected and meant so much to me.  I’m humbled and so very excited at the same time.    It is one award that I never thought I would ever achieve.  I just never thought I was ever in that class.  One of the most exciting things for me is that in over the past thirty years, it is only the second time in it’s history that this has been awarded to a wedding photograph.

The image was taken earlier in the year at Zoe and Simon’s wedding in Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Australia.   Funnily enough it was only by chance that we used this location on the day.   Zoe & Simon had a boat chartered to ferry them up the Noosa River to their reception, but things didn’t go according to plan and they were unexpectedly left without a boat!  Guess I should be thanking that boat.   Here is a link to the full story of their day.

Thanks so much to Ilford for sponsoring this award, and for being such a supportive part of the professional photography industry.   Adam Finch from the Studio (who did pretty well at the awards himself) accepted the award in Sydney.  It must have felt like collecting the Melbourne Cup!

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