Thursday, March 11, 2010

News Just in from Las Vegas - Alicia WINS at WPPI!

A few weeks ago I sent of the entries for the WPPI awards in Las Vegas. The WPPI stands for 'Wedding and Portrait Photographers International' and the awards co-incide with the biggest trade show and convention for photographers anywhere in the world. So it's pretty much a huge event to be a part of.

I've never entered international awards but with alot of prompting from a photographer friend, I prepared an entry. Then I figured while I was at it, I'd throw in an entry from a concept shoot I photographed back in April last year. There was a perfect category for the photoshoot; Album non-wedding informal. This means the photos can be of anything that isn't a wedding and isn't an 'event' like a bah-mitzvah or christening etc. It's a very broad category.

The original entry has scored okay but it was the last minute entry that has left me absolutely STUNNED. I wasn't expecting much from it and my mind has been officially blown. On Monday I found out I had scored 94 out of 100 which was the highest score in the category, however this doesn't mean that I had it won. The three highest scoring albums have their scores wiped and are rejudged to decide first, second and third with the winners announced at a huge awards dinner.

One hour ago I received a call from the dinner and nearly fell off my chair! My album was FIRST PLACE! I had won the entire category! As you can imagine, I am still grinning from ear to ear like a Cheshire Cat. :D

Due to lots of questions about the album and the layout I have decided to post it here for viewing just as the judges have viewed it. Most of the images below are how you would view a double page spread in an album. The competition entry also states that you can show 'detailed' areas to draw the judges attention so there are some 'detail' images presented also.

Enjoy the album! (and yes, I'm still smiling :) )

Front cover
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inside front cover
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detail
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detail
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detail (this little girl was just brilliant)
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detail - The entire concept actually started with this boy. This is my oldest son, Ashley. He often gives me the same expression as he shows in this photo. I photographed him last year giving me this look and I wanted to find a way to showcase it. One thing led to another until I came up with the idea for this shoot. This image also earned a silver award at the 2009 Australian Professional Photography Awards last June.
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A massive thank you has to go out to the kids from Junction Park State School who were so enthusiastic and positively threw themselves into these images. I couldn't have acheived this without their energy.

33 comments:

  1. Congratulations, this is just awesome news! And I LOVE the album... so creative and fun! Well done,
    Mel

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  2. awesome album and images, well deserved win!!

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  3. Congratulations a hundred times over!
    =D

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  4. For goodness sake woman as if you wouldn't win! This is FANTASTIC!!! Every single image has so much energy ♥

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  5. Fantastic!!! Congratulations!!! Well deserved!!!

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  6. Congratulations!

    Those kids must be pretty impressed with themselves too.

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  7. Congratulations on the awesome win!

    I think the note passing spread is a stand out - love it!

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  8. Congratulations!!!!!! The album is brilliant!!

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  9. Congratulations Alicia!! This is a fantastic set of work - you totally deserve this win! Well done!!

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  10. Congratulations!!! My good friend Mel Birt (she just left a comment above) sent me this link and I have got to say that it has made my day, no make that week. I'm a primary school teacher and a photographer and your album brings a massive smile to my face. What a talent you are, not just for your beautiful images, but for your creative thoughts too. A very well deserved first place!!!
    Lisa.

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  11. Congratulations - what an awesome achievement for you, you must be thrilled :)

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  12. Awesome work!! Great new :) congrats

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  13. Congrats Alicia. It's a brilliant album :)

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  14. Congrats alicia! i absolutely love this album!

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  15. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE well done Alicia.. a very deserving win..!!! xoxo

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  16. This is amazing work Alicia, what an awesome concept, LOVE it.

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  17. Brilliant idea that has been amazingly executed and presented. Great job.

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  18. Congratulations Alicia. That album is amazing!

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  19. Kendall PickeringMarch 11, 2010 at 9:07 PM

    Congratulations!!!! Have the kids been told? I bet they will be incredibly excited and proud too!

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  20. Congratulations! This album is extraordinary. so special:)

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  21. OMG thats awesome :D congrats!!!! Xx

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  22. Well of course you won!! That is one amazing album. I have loved the images since the first time I saw them but the layout adds so much. A huge congratulations to you!!

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  23. WowWowWowwowowwowwowwow! WOW!

    Truely, this is exceptional work, and now everyone else knows too - congratulations Alicia !! Amazing, wonderful news xx

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  24. It's absolutely no suprise you won. That album is wonderful in every way! It's so unique and creative and your photo finish is superb... So exciting for you and Alex and the great classroom of kids!

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  25. Amazing layout and concept. Congratulations Alicia!

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  26. So fantastically AWESOME. Creative. Stylish. Perfectly captured.

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  27. I've said it before and I will say it again....... LEGEND ! Congratulations Bec & James x :-)

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  28. Your a star Alicia! WOW I love that these pics are so Australian and cleaned up in Vegas! Go Aussie! Mel ox

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  29. Congratulations! But because your album was so super nice, mine came in second place (in the same category). Don't try so hard next year! ;)

    P.S. I knew your album had beaten mine by the third slide.

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  30. You truly are very talented Alicia, congratulations on your fantastic achievement

    Ben Rugers

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  31. Congratulations again Alicia! It was so awesome being in the crowd when they announced that you'd one!

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  32. Wow! I can see why you won....well deserved! Your lighting is, for a lack of a better word....perfect!

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  33. Congrats!! This is pretty much fabulous!!

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