Photographers win national awards

WHITSUNDAY photographers have won a swag of medals in a prestigious national photography competition.

The Canon Australian Professional Photography Awards are held every year.

This year, four local photographers received accolades at the event, which was held at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre from June 4 to June 6.

First-time entrant Danny Mayson-Kinder said she was thrilled to receive a silver award for her photographic portrait in the open portrait category.

Mrs Mayson-Kinder, a professional photographer, said the images were judged by a panel, who give an average score.

The range of categories includes weddings, landscapes, portraits, press photography, documentary, fine art and sport.

The awards are organised by the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP).

“I entered a photograph into the open portrait category and received a score that earned me a silver,” said Mrs Mayson-Kinder.

“This is the first year I have entered and I am so excited with the result.

“It is wonderful to be acknowledged in the field.”

Another Whitsundays professional photographer, Ziggy Ziegler, won a silver award for the third year running.

His photograph of a Chinese beggar was taken in Shanghai and entered in the documentary category.

“I don't put my wedding work in, I enter something different,” said Mr Ziegler, who has photographed thousands of weddings in his career.

“I try to shoot other stuff.

“I love doing aerials and when I go overseas I like to shoot people and cultures, not my usual work stuff.”

Mr Ziegler, who is the current North Queensland President for the AIPP, said every year the judging got tougher.

“It's getting harder and harder each year because the standards are getting higher,” he said.

Meanwhile, Paul Cincotta, from Hamilton Island Weddings, won two silver and two bronze awards, all in the weddings category.

“I specialise in weddings so it was good to get up in that category,” said Mr Cincotta.

He has photographed more than 1200 weddings in the five years he has been working on Hamilton Island and has entered the awards several times before.

“I was actually quite happy with the overall result.“I didn't think my entries this year were gold photos – so what I came away with kind of matched my expectations.”

The fourth Whitsunday photographer to win an award was Ciaran Handy, who is not a professional photographer.

His day job is general manager of resorts on Hamilton Island.

Mr Handy won two silvers for his landscape and his composite landscape.

The Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards, now in their 34th year, are open to all Australian and overseas professional photographers.

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