Awards & Accolades

Alex’s expertise as a photographer is unquestionable – she has been awarded over 200 photographic, philanthropic and business accolades.

Just a few include being named the WA AIPP Pet / Animal Professional Photographer of the Year 2017,  Australian Of the Day in 2016,  International Pet Photographer of the Year in the International Photographer of the Year Awards 2016, and the IFAW Terrestrial Photographer of the Year in 2016. Alex has been featured among the ‘Best Dog Photographs in the World’ for twenty eight consecutive months in Dogs’ Today Magazine UK and has been crowned Australia’s ‘Best Canine Photographer’ twice in the national Dog Owner’s Choice Awards.

Her images have featured in an Australia Post national stamp release, on billboards, on the covers of seven books, and in thousands of print and online publications.

Alex has worked on assignment for a number of commercial clients, magazines, and international brands (based in the USA and UK), working remotely and using current technology to meet their requirements.

Alex is the author of three books – ‘Mother Knows Best – Life lessons from the animal kingdom’ and ‘JOY – A celebration of the animal kingdom’ , published by Penguin Books Australia and ‘Zen Dogs’ , published globally by Harper Collins New York, and collaborated on ‘Things your dog wants you to know’ with Laura Visaritis. She currently has three new books in the works.

 

AWARDS

2017

  • WA AIPP Pet / Animal Professional Photographer of the Year
  • WA AIPP Print Handlers Award (Orangutan)
  • AWARDED 2 x Gold Awards West Australian Epson Professional Photography Awards (WAEPPAS)
  • AWARDED 2 x Silver Distinction Awards West Australian Epson Professional Photography Awards (WAEPPAS)
  • AWARDED 2 x Silver Awards West Australian Epson Professional Photography Awards (WAEPPAS)
  • FINALIST 2nd Annual Charles Dodgson Black and White Award Portrait (Orangutan)
  • SECOND PLACE PX3 Public Choice Professional  – Nature & Domestic Animals (Happy Pooch Face Series)
  • FINALIST Smithsonian Magazine Photo Awards Altered Images Category (Orangutan)
  • FINALIST One Eyeland Awards Nature / Wildlife Category (Orangutan)
  • SECOND PLACE Magic Lens Awards Nature / Animal (Orangutan)
  • NOMINEE Fine Art Photography Awards 3rd Edition Wildlife / Animals (Orangutan)
  • NOMINEE Fine Art Photography Awards 3rd Edition Wildlife / Animals (Bear Apartment Six)
  • NOMINATED Australian of the Year
  • GOLD AWARD WPPI Wedding Portrait Photographers International Pets / Animals Category (Zen Dogs)
  • SILVER AWARD WPPI Wedding Portrait Photographers International Pets / Animals Category (Rainbow)
  • SILVER AWARD WPPI Wedding Portrait Photographers International Pets / Animals Category (Orangutan)
  • Named as one of the Best Dog Photographs In The World by Dogs Today UK Magazine – Jan, Feb, March, April, May, June
  • PHOTO OF THE DAY Smithsonian Magazine Photo Awards Editors Choice (Orangutan)
  • HONOURABLE MENTION Monochrome Photography Awards Professional Wildlife Category (Orangutan)
  • FEATURED Nikonians Photography Awards 2017 Competition Gallery (Orangutan)
  • ACCEPTANCE Trierenberg Super Circuit General (Orangutan)
  • ACCEPTANCE Trierenberg Super Circuit General (Bear Apartment Six)
  • ACCEPTANCE Trierenberg Super Circuit General (Koala Train)
  • ACCEPTANCE PSNZ New Zealand International Salon Open Colour (Owl)
  • ACCEPTANCE PSNZ New Zealand International Salon Monochrome (Orangutan)
  • ACCEPTANCE Bristol Salon Monochrome (Orangutan)
  • ACCEPTANCE Sydney Harbour Open Colour (Owl)
  • ACCEPTANCE Khayyam 2016 International Exhibition of Photography Open Colour (Rainbow)
  • ACCEPTANCE Khayyam 2016 International Exhibition of Photography Open Monochrome (Orangutan)
  • ACCEPTANCE Bristol Salon 2017 Monochrome (Orangutan)

2016

  • WINNER PDN Faces Portrait Competition – Professional Animal Portrait Category (Orphaned Babies Series)
  • WINNER International Professional Pet Photographer of the Year (Lucies), International Photographer of the Year Awards (Bird Face Series)
  • SELECTED for 100 Framed Exhibition Something Personal San Francisco (Orangutan)
  • SELECTED for Top 200 Images Something Personal San Francisco Book (Blue Clams & Bear Apartment Six)
  • SELECTED 2nd Annual Show Your World Digital Exhibition NYC (Bear Apartment Six)
  • HONOURABLE MENTION International Photography Awards (Lucies) – Professional Special – Pets (Zen Dogs Series)
  • HONOURABLE MENTION International Photography Awards (Lucies) – Professional Fine Art – Portrait (Orangutan)
  • HONOURABLE MENTION International Photography Awards (Lucies) – Professional Special:Other (Orangutan)
  • HONOURABLE MENTION International Photography Awards (Lucies) – Professional Special:Other (Bear Apartment Six)
  • HONOURABLE MENTION Tokyo International Photo Awards – Professional Fine Art : Collage (Bear Apartment Six)
  • HONOURABLE MENTION Tokyo International Photo Awards – Professional Fine Art : Portrait (Orangutan)
  • ACCEPTANCE Nowruz 2016 Creative (Bear Apartment Six)
  • ACCEPTANCE Nowruz 2016 Open Colour (Rainbow)
  • ACCEPTANCE Nowruz 2016 Open Colour (Parrot)
  • ACCEPTANCE Nowruz 2016 Monochrome (Orangutan)
  • ACCEPTANCE Ozone Zone International Open Mono (Orangutan)
  • ACCEPTANCE Vigex International Digital Salon – (Bear Apartment Six)
  • HONOURABLE MENTION x 5 International Photographer of the Year Awards  Professional Categories – Special / Other, Pets, Nature / Wildlife, Fine Art / Portrait, Digitally Enhanced
  • FINALIST Belmont Business Awards
  • WINNER 9th Annual Julia Margaret Cameron Awards – Altered Reality Category – exhibited at Berlin Biennale (Bear Apartment Six)
  • SHORTLISTED Australian Photography Awards – Portrait category (Orangutan)
  • ACCEPTANCE 28th Shire of Sunderland National (SSNEP) – (Bear Apartment Six)
  • NOMINATED Australian of the Year
  • NOMINATED Pride of Australia – Environment Category
  • AWARDED Associate status of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP)
  • AWARDED 2 x Silver Awards Australian Institute of Professional Photography Awards
  • AWARDED 4 x Silver Awards West Australian Professional Photography Awards (WAEPPAS)
  • NAMED Australian of the Day by the team behind the Australian of the Year Awards, March
  • NAMED Terrestrial Photographer of the Year by the International Fund For Animal Welfare (IFAW)
  • NAMED as one of the Best Dog Photographers In The World by Dogs Today Magazine, UK – Jan through to Dec
  • PHOTO OF THE MONTH Pawtrait (Zen Dogs)
  • HONOURABLE MENTION PX3 Paris Photography Awards (Happy Pooch Face Series)

2015

  • NAMED in Australia’s Top Portrait Photographers in Capture Magazine’s ‘The Annual’ edition
  • HONOURABLE MENTION International Photographer of the Year Awards – People / Portrait Category (Happy Pooch Face Series)
  • HONOURABLE MENTION International Photographer of the Year Awards – Professional Wildlife category (Wild Antarctica Series)
  • INNER PDN Faces Portrait Photography Competition – Pets Category (Zen Dogs)
  • NAMED as one of the Best Dog Photographers In The World by Dogs Today Magazine, UK – May through to Dec
  • NOMINATED Pride of Australia – Environment Category
  • NOMINATED Australian of the Year
  • AWARDED 4 x Silver Awards Australian Institute of Professional Photography Awards
  • AWARDED Silver With Distinction Award Australian Institute of Professional Photography Awards (APPAS)
  • AWARDED 2 x Silver Awards West Australian Professional Photography Awards (WAPPAS)
  • NOMINATED Australian of the Year

2014

  • NAMED Australia’s Top 25 Portrait Photographers in Capture Magazine’s ‘The Annual’ edition
  • NAMED Australia’s Top 140 Photographers in Capture Magazine’s ‘The Annual’ edition
  • NOMINATED Pride of Australia – Environment Category
  • NOMINATED Australian of the Year
  • NOMINATED Best Canine Photographer/Artist in national 7th annual “Dog Owners Choice Awards” (DOCA)
  • NOMINATED Master Professional of the Year in national 7th annual “Dog Owners Choice Awards” (DOCA)

2013

      • WINNER Australian Smart Business of the Year – BOMA Smart Business Leadership Awards
      • WINNER Best Canine Photographer/Artist in national 6th annual “Dog Owners Choice Awards” (DOCA)
      • AWARDED 6 x Bronze Awards International Loupe Awards, Science and Nature Category
      • WINNER Best Magazine Cover in The Maggies – Science, Nature and Technology Category
      • WINNER 9 x Accolades of Excellence in Lucie Awards
      • WINNER Centro Smiles Competition Flinders Square – Peoples Choice Award
      • SILVER Award WA Institute of Professional Photography Awards (WAPPA)
      • WINNER Rangefinder Magazine’s International ‘Best Friends’ Photography Competition Wildlife category (Reach Out)
      • WINNER People’s Choice Award, Rangefinder Magazine‘s International ‘Best Friends’ Photography Competition (Cupcake)
      • WINNER The Smart Business Awards by BOMA Women in Business Award
      • FINALIST The Smart Business Awards by BOMA Customer Service Award
      • STATE FINALIST Telstra Womens Business Awards – Private and Corporate category
      • STATE FINALIST Pride of Australia – Envorinment Category

2012

      • AWARDED 10 x Bronze Awards International Loupe Awards, Science and Nature Category
      • FINALIST Australia’s Top 13 portrait photographers in Capture Magazine’s ‘The Annual’ edition
      • STATE FINALIST Telstra Australian Business Awards
      • STATE FINALIST Telstra Australian Business People’s Choice Award
      • FINALIST Australian Excellence Awards as one of the top 3 businesses in Australia
      • WINNER High Achiever Award Australia Day Honours List – Australian Business Excellence Awards
      • WINNER Women in Business Achiever Award – Australian Business Excellence Awards

2011

      • AWARDED 5 x Bronze Awards International Loupe Awards, Science and Nature Category
      • WINNER Best Canine Photographer/Artist in national 4th annual “Dog Owners Choice Awards” (DOCA)
      • BRONZE AWARD (Cats Eyes) – International Aperture Awards, Science and Nature Category
      • BRONZE AWARD (Lori) – International Aperture Awards, Science and Nature Category
      • BRONZE AWARD (Preen) – International Aperture Awards, Science and Nature Category
      • BRONZE AWARD (Go Fish) – International Aperture Awards, Science and Nature Category
      • BRONZE AWARD (Mail Snail) – International Aperture Awards, Science and Nature Category
      • FINALIST Telstra Business Awards, Peoples Choice Category – voted as one of the top 5 businesses in Western Australia

2010

      • FINALIST Houndstooth Studio for Outstanding Innovation, “Pet People Awards” hosted by Dogs Life magazine and the Pet Industry Association of Australia
      • NOMINATED Alex Cearns for Best Canine Photographer/Artist in national 4th annual “Dog Owners Choice Awards” (DOCA) hosted by Master Dog Breeders and Associates

2009

      • WINNER (Cascade) – Fuji Film Showcase, Camera magazine, Mar-Apr issue
      • HIGHLY COMMENDED (Baby Butterfly) – York Society Photographic Awards, Open Colour Category, Western Australia
      • HIGHLY COMMENDED (Crabstract) – York Society Photographic Awards, Open Colour Category, Western Australia
      • HIGHLY COMMENDED (Blue Clams) – Fuji Film Showcase, Camera magazine, Jan-Feb issue
      • COMMENDED (Hermie) – February Intrepid Travel Photography Awards
      • FINALIST (Thumbsucker) – Smiles with Centro Photography Awards
      • SELECTED (Blue Clams) – Tri-nations Image Exchange Competition, Australian Photographic Society

2008

      • WINNER (Blue Clams) – Expose Your World Photography Awards, Wildlife Category
      • WINNER (Blue Clams) – York Society Photographic Awards, Open Colour Category, Western Australia
      • RUNNER-UP (Blue Clams) – Expose Your World Photography Awards, Single Shot Overall
      • BRONZE AWARD (Blue Clams) – International Aperture Awards, Nature Category
      • BRONZE AWARD( Thumbsucker) – International Aperture Awards, Nature Category
      • BRONZE AWARD (Prehistoric) – International Aperture Awards, Nature Category
      • HIGHLY COMMENDED (Blue Clams) – ANZANG (Australia, New Zealand, Antarctic, New Guinea) “Underwater” category.
      • HIGHLY COMMENDED (Blue Clams) – Melville City Art Awards, Melville, Western Australia
      • HIGHLY HONOURED (Izzy) – Humane Society USA Photography Competition
      • FINALIST (Izzy) – Smiles with Centro Photography Awards
      • FINALIST (Hermie) – Windland Smith Rice Photography Awards, USA
      • SEMI FINALIST (Blue Clams) – Wildlife Photographer of the Year, UK
      • SEMI FINALIST (Hermie) – Wildlife Photographer of the Year, UK
      • SEMI FINALIST (Red Crab Green Leaf) – Wildlife Photographer of the Year, UK
      • SEMI FINALIST (Joey) – Wildlife Photographer of the Year, UK
      • SEMI FINALIST (Roo Grass) – Wildlife Photographer of the Year, UK
      • SEMI FINALIST (Fungi) – Wildlife Photographer of the Year, UK
      • SEMI FINALIST (One is the Loneliest Number) – Wildlife Photographer of the Year, UK
      • SELECTED (Koala) – China-Australia Image Exchange Competition, Australian Photographic Society

2007

      • WINNER (Contact) – People & Pets Section, DOTARS Photography Competition, Canberra, ACT