Sally Brownbill

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Australian Photography Awards (APA) was started two years ago by like minded photographers wanting to create a photographic competition that wasn’t just available for professionals, but a competition that was accessible to hobbyist, enthusiasts and professionals like.
I have been lucky enough to sit on the panel, amongst an esteemed group of judges since it’s inspection.

At APA, we promote social understanding and diversity through photography. We feel that photography is a powerful medium that has the ability to effect real change, unify people and bridge cultures.

APA is an annual photographic competition open to people living in Australia and Australian citizens living overseas.

In 2017, APA had a record breaking $42,000 worth of cash and prizes to reward the winners. The 2017 categories include Portrait, Landscape, Wildlife, Documentary, Mobile, Student and Peoples Choice. With the support of their major sponsor, Fuji lm Australia and their category sponsors michaels cameras digital and video, Ilford Imaging, Lowepro, Lume Cube, Manfrotto, Reed Graduation Services as well as their social partners AIME, the highest scoring image in each category will receive a Fuji lm X-Pro 2 Graphite Silver Pack, vouchers and a cash prize.

In early October the judging committee assembled in Melbourne on a mission to discover Australia’s most original, thought provoking photography. With over 2,500 entries this year APA is quickly becoming one of Australia’s leading photographic competitions.

Portrait Category Winner
Photographer - Kay Cypher
Image Title - Aged under wraps
Image Caption - Today's media often presents the over photoshoped and perfect images of the young and beautiful but there is little discussion or exposure about the body image of the older person.

Landscape Category Winner
Photographer - Leah Kennedy
Image Title - Progress
Image Caption - An exploration of humans through our interaction with the environment during early stages of our mark on the land. A commentary on the act of human progress.

Mobile Category Winner
Photographer - Glenn Homann
Image Title - Winter Song
Image Caption - An unusually cold morning (the coldest of the year in fact), provided inspiration for my image. The temperature was still below zero as the sun rose above the hills at Ripley, near Ipswich. The early fog had dispersed, but lingered above the creeks and waterways running across the landscape. I was able to capture this panoramic view from a low vantage point, just as the sun highlighted the whispy fog. Shards of light illuminated elements of the creek, it's bed, and surrounds. A conversion to black and white would accentuate a focus on the rich, tonal qualities of the scene before me..

Documentary Category Winner
Photographer - Chris Hopkins
Image Title - A Day at the Races
Image Caption - A group of race goers are caught in a moment of light-hearted hi-jinks after the running of the Melbourne Cup. 2016 saw the worlds media turn to the Melbourne Cup not as a grand event but rather as a lowpoint in the behaviour of Melbourne’s race-goers.

Landscape Category Winner
Photographer - Georgina Steytler
Image Title - Ethereal
Image Caption - I like the feeling of peace and otherwordliness that comes from this elegant white bird against a white background. The sun had not yet risen and there was only a soft, misty light in which there was nothing else to distract the eye.

Student Category Winner
Photographer - Cameron Meacham
Image Title - Ocean Painting
Image Caption - Nill

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