The annual Epson/NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards is New Zealand’s only professional photography competition.
The aim of these print awards is to recognise and honour the best in contemporary photography from New Zealand and overseas professionals.
Photographers at Kelk Photography have been entering the awards on and off over the years. Kerry entered for a while back in the ’90s and enjoyed
some success and the opportunity to do some judging. More recently Nicola has taken up the baton and really done amazingly well.
Each year her entries receive silver and gold awards. Golds are really hard to get ! To date Nicola achieved her Associateship (year 1),
Masters (year 2), Fellowship (year 3) and this year added two gold bars to her Fellowship.
Barry and Kerry now sit back like proud parents and enjoy the glow of Nics success !
An overview of Nicola’s entries for this year. Note the old print judging case that used to be Kerry’s ! (It never carried that many awards in those days)
Scroll down to view the images individually ……
This image gives a nod to an old technique from the turn of the century (the one before last !) where daylight studios meant you had to sit still for a very long time to create a portrait. Not something toddlers are that great at, hence the ‘hidden mother’ style image. Google ‘hidden mothers Victorian photos’ to enjoy some other examples. This image gained silver in the portrait creative section .
Wedding Classic section and another silver. A beautiful black and white capturing the anticipation on a brides face before she heads out to her wedding ceremony in the garden at the Dunedin Club.
This image was entered in the Wedding Creative section and scored 96/100 which gave it a gold merit with distinction. Nic’s highest ever score. These guys were married at Lanarch’s Castle earlier this year. The art deco mat around the edge of the print is part of some old mounts we inherited from Campbell’s studio (was once the Burton Bros.) . Doesn’t pay to throw anything out, it will all be useful one day !!
This Wedding Creative entry has a bit of an ‘Escher staircase’ thing going on. Prints in any ‘creative’ catergory have had digital editing . The staircase is at Knox College, and the bride and her bridesmaids made it off the stairs and enjoyed a fantastic reception in the dining hall.
This collection of images also gained a gold award. Nic invited a collection of toddlers into the studio one Sunday afternoon when we were closed (phew), and created a group of images that went together amazingly well. The judges enjoyed the way the viewer just keeps looking around the image as one picture takes you on to the next.
And here is Nicola (on the far right), with other recipients of gold bars to their fellowship.
CONGRATULATIONS NIC WE ARE REALLY PROUD OF YOU !!