Archive for August, 2017



Last weekend the  (AIPP) Awards, the APPAS, were held in Melbourne. The APPAS showcase the best of Australian photography and there were many incredible, creative, inspirational, masterful images entered.

It can be nerve wracking watching your own work being judged by (and in front of) your peers, but it’s invaluable for feedback and growth and to ensure you are producing photographs of a consistent professional standard.

Huge congratulations to AIPP Photographer of the year, Keren Dobia of Keren Dobia Photography, to Pet and Animal category winner Angie Connell of Angie Connell Photography, and to my awesome friend Leah Kennedy of Leah Kennedy Photography who took out the Creative category.

A big pat on the back to the rest of the WA crew who were deemed the best in their respective genres (Barbara Brown for Emerging; Yane Sotiroski for Landscape; James Simmons for wedding; and the North Metropolitan TAFE Photography for Tertiary Institute of the Year 2017) and to all of the category winners and finalists, who produced world class portfolios. We really do have some insanely talented photographers on our fine shores. View all winning images here

I entered the Pet / Animal category and was thrilled all my images were deemed to be of professional standard, and to receive one Silver Distinction Award for “Gracie and the bug” and two Silver Awards for “The Gift” and “Reptilian” respectively. Each photograph was captured using a Tamron Australia 24-70mm f 2.8 VC lens, and was taken in my studio. I’ve attached the judges feedback (transcribed from the live judging feed) on each individual pic for those who are keen.

I’ve been an Accredited Member of the AIPP for several years, and this was the third time I’ve entered the APPA Awards. My next challenge is to work hard to gain the remaining points I require to reach the heights of “Master” photographer.

Big thanks to Paul Maietta, PJ, and crew from Fitzgerald Photo Imaging for their attention to detail and meticulous printing of my images on Ilford Imaging Australia fine art paper. Each print is judged on its quality, as well as on the actual image itself, and receiving judging feedback of “It’s so beautifully handled in the printing, not just in the composition. That brought it home.” (Pet / Animal judge Andrew speaking on ‘Gracie and the bug’) is just magic to hear.

Thank to the APPA team members and volunteers who put together a fabulous awards event and worked tirelessly for the past week to make it happen.

And last but not least, thank you to Debora Brown for putting up with my APPA stress, incessant image selection banter and doubt, and for always being a measured voice when I’m sometimes too close to my own work. This year she picked the pics of mine which would do the best, so she knows her stuff.

APPA success is always a team effort. Bring on 2018!
#APPA2017 #APPA17 #TamronProTeam #TamronCreates







DOG CUFF COLLAR! I’m always on the lookout for funky new pooch products. Check out this stunning, handmade, embroidered dog cuff collar from BETOLLI. A small Latvian company founded by Liga Krause, Betolli produce custom made apparel and accessories and recently launched their new dog collar range.

Liga’s concept for the collars was to deliver something classy for dogs. “From the very first day, our company has been devoted to providing our customers a one-of-a-kind experience. We now want to deliver the same things to our best 4-legged friends.”

Keen to order one up for Pixel, I found the online process very simple; I visited the Betolli website, chose the fabric colour I liked best, entered Pixels neck measurements and name info, and selected the colour for the embroidery.

The collar arrived last week in a sweet presentation box, and it is beautifully made. As a decorative dress item it oozes quality and is definitely something Pixel could style around town in. She is intending to model it at the Free the Hounds Hounds Day Out on 17th September. Now to get one for Pip the Black Beetle!

Order your dog cuff collar here




Perth people and pooches, come along to the Free the Hounds ‘Hounds Day Out’ and help rescued greyhounds. We are proud to be supporting this event and will be selling our ‘Consider Adoption as Your First Option’ range of fridge magnets and stickers to help raise funds for Greyhound Adoptions WA. Visit us at the Houndstooth Studio marquee to check them out!

WHEN: Sunday September 17th
WHAT TIME: 10am – 1pm
WHERE: Supreme Court Gardens, Riverside Drive, Perth
WHAT: A group dog walk, stalls, dog treats, fresh coffee, prizes, and much more.

Please tell your friends, and your dogs, and your dog friends.






Be quick to grab one of the remaining tickets for the WIMWA – Women in Mining and Resources Western Australia 2017 fundraiser, supporting the valuable work of AMRRIC. Special guests Leigh Sales and Annabel Crabb will be in attendance, and there’s a fab silent auction filled with items from WA artists, individuals and businesses – including us! Help a good cause and have a great night out. Tickets available at



10,000 BEARS!

Join Animals Asia for their Animals Asia presents: Jill Robinson’s 10,000 Bears Tour – Perth on Saturday 2nd September at the Pagoda Resort & Spa. Over 10,000 moon bears are currently trapped in tiny cages on bear bile ‘farms’ throughout Asia. You can join the 10,000 bears project to share the Animals Asia message, and to help fold the entire bear bile industry.

Tickets (and further details) are available online at




I enter competitions to challenge myself personally and I use them to measure the relevance of my work, to see if I’m maintaining a consistent standard, and if I can rate well across a number of different photography categories on an international playing field. It’s always hard putting yourself out there and handing your work over to be judged.

Every competition has a different “feel” to it, and you have to enter images relevant to the tone of each respective competition. What does well in one competition won’t necessarily rate in another … then there are images that kill it no matter what they are entered into.

As the bar in photography is raised higher and higher, I love the nerve wracking wait to see if I’ve sunk or swum, and whether my take on the vibe of the comp matched what the judges were looking for. I find it the best way to grow and learn, as it flows into all aspects of my photography.

I was very happy with some results just in.

The Australian Photographic Society recently participated in the FOUR NATIONS competition between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Canada took out the overall 1st place (congrats Canada), with Australia coming in second. I entered ‘Orangutan’ into the Monochrome category and the image was selected to represent Australia, placing 5th in the Australian submissions (out of 35 images selected to represent Oz) and 11th overall (against all international entries), helping Australia claim 1st in the Mono section. Aussie Aussie Aussie … !

Described as the “Super Bowl” of photography awards, the PPA (Professional Photographers of America) International Print Competition was held last week. As a first time entrant, three of my images were awarded merits (meaning they all received a combined scored over 80/100 from a panel of esteemed judges) and were accepted as part of the PPA General Exhibition. It was an interesting experience watching the live judging online and seeing the work of many of my US photog friends do well.

And winners of the Moscow Foto Awards were recently announced. I picked up a 2nd place (silver) and 3rd place (bronze) in the Nature – Pets category for my series ‘Bird Face’ and composite image ‘Dogs Vs Cake’, an equal 3rd place with myself in the Nature – Wildlife category with my series ‘Orphaned Babies’ and image ‘Orangutan’ (both bronze), and two Honourable Mentions in the Nature – Pets and Nature – Underwater category for ‘Zen Dogs’ and ‘Blue Clams’. That totally exceeded my expectations!

It was the icing on the cake to see my best selling limited edition print ‘Blue Clams’ receive acknowledgement. Taken in 2008, this image is still kicking goals. It’s the image that started my photography career and latest sale (just last month) was to my dear friend Sorrel Wilby, TV presenter and adventurer, who ordered a 40in x 60in canvas version for her new abode. Go big or go home!





Spider Holster

Spider Holster is offering 20% off online orders until 6th August. You can choose from three camera holsters: The Spider Pro (which I use and highly recommend for DSLR cameras), the Spider Light, and the Black Widow, and can also top up on Spider Monkey accessories (the hand strap is excellent).

Visit to view their product range or to place your order.

#SpiderHolsterProAmbassador #GoodGear




Our friend at WIRES need our help. They have many orphaned joeys in care and with spring just around the corner, their volunteers have an urgent need for larger knitted pouches.

If you don’t knit, but can sew, they also need pouch liners to keep the joeys snug and warm. The instructions and sizes for the pouches and liners (including where to send them) can be found at

If you have any questions about the pouches, please email

Lets help the rescue joeys!