‘Reptilian’ made the shortlist of the top 75 images for the Wildlife category of the Australian Photography Awards. This little guy is a bearded dragon, and lives at Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. He was photographed in the studio then I converted the image to black and white.



Found out earlier today that all three of my entries in the professional section of the International Photography Awards were awarded Honourable Mentions – ‘Perfect Imperfection Dogs’ photo series in the Special : Pets category, ‘For the love of dogs’ photo series in the Special : Pets category, and ‘Winged’ in the Special : Digitally Enhanced category.

Considered to be the ‘Oscars of Photography’, the 2017 International Photography Awards received 14,273 of submissions from over 165 countries. Pretty thrilled to be awarded amongst those numbers. Congrats to my buddies and fellow WA photographers Seng Mah from Venture Photography Workshops, Johannes Reinhart from, and Brett Canet-Gibson of Twine – Ideas That Bind who also took home HM’s. What a way to represent.

It’s bittersweet that the featured image for my ‘Perfect Imperfection Dogs’ photo series submission is rescue pooch Jakk as a puppy. Jakk was discovered in a rubbish bin when he was a day old and ended up being cared for (and subsequently adopted) by Edith of WA Pet Project. He had malformed front legs but he never let his disability hold him back, learning how to bounce around to get from A to B. Everyone who met him fell in love with him, and he had a global fan club of people inspired by his determination. Sadly Jakk passed away recently and our collective hearts were broken. He lives on forever in our memories. ❤️…




Just helped select the winning photographs in the Perth National Photographic Competition’s Nature category with two esteemed colleagues Glen from Glen Moralee Photography and Wayne. Four weeks ago we selected the images accepted into the awards by scoring over 400 entries. Now we re-judged the best nature images on offer and chose the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and merit winners. Congrats to those who won! Selected and awarded Images can be viewed during the Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia‘s Perth Royal Show, in the photography building.

On my own awards front, ‘Cat With Flower’ was awarded the FIAP Selectors Choice Ribbon in the South Devon Salon, with a top score of 15/15 from the three judges. Woohoo! Bear Apartment Six (our fundraising image captured for Free the Bears Fund) received an honourable mention in the Fine Art / Collage Category of the Px3 Paris Photography Prize competition, and Orangutan picked up an honourable mention in the Nature and Wildlife category of the MonoVisions International Black and White Photography Awards.

A good days work all ’round! 😀




The Daily Mail has written a round up of the 2017 Australian Institute of Professional Photography Awards (APPA) pet and animal category entries.

Whippet, Gracie and cats, Friday and Kewpie made the cut!…/Adorable-animals-feature-anima…



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







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!






Earlier in the week, the 2017 W.A. Epson Professional Photography Awards (WAEPPA) were held in Perth. The awards run in each state throughout the year and lead up to the national awards in August – effectively the Golden Globes of the Australian professional photography industry, building up to the Oscars.

I entered two categories, ‘Portrait’ and ‘Pet / Animal’, and my hope was to win a silver award or two. My beloved image ‘Orangutan’, soon to be retired from Australian photography competitions, was the highest scoring print in the ‘Pet / Animal’ category and picked up my first ever WAEPPA gold award. I was humbled to also receive another gold award, two silver distinction awards and two silver awards, based on scores out of 100 for my other images (which are embargoed now until the national competition.) These results well exceeded my expectations, especially the gold awards, and I would’ve been more than satisfied if my good fortune had ended there … but the best was yet to come.

Yesterday at the presentation night ‘Orangutan’ was selected by the competition print handlers as their favourite image from 453 entries spread across all categories, and it received the 2017 AIPP WA Print Handler Award. I heard the news while I was thousands of kilometres away in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and I found it hard to comprehend. Could’ve been jet lag, but I knew immediately that this special recognition was something that might not come around again. Thanks so much to the hardworking print handlers!!!

Next I received word that I was a finalist in the ‘Portrait’ category, along with my good mate Steve Wise of 27Creative I Steve Wise. The category was won by the lovely Sarah Adams of Sarah Adams Photography with a meticulous set of beautiful images. Congrats Sarah!

And then the icing on the cake … I was named as the ‘Pet / Animal’ category winner – the 2017 AIPP WA Pet/Animal Professional Photographer of the Year. This is one of the highest accolades of my career and I’m still reeling from the result.

I’d like to extend a thank you to the AIPP, the AIPP WA committee of Steve, Kirsten, Amber, Shaireen, Des and Russell, the volunteers, the print handlers, the category sponsors, and the experienced local, state and international judges, for the time and effort they each invested in the awards. Thanks also to everyone who messaged me with kind congratulations, including several other pet photographers within WA and nationally. Your support means a lot.

The WAEPPA’s are as much about the print quality as the image execution, and a huge thank you goes out to Paul Maietta, Paul Jays and the crew at Fitzgerald Photo Imaging for their meticulous printing of my award images. PJ was instrumental in helping to get my entries across the line and we spent hours discussing each photo. Other staff provided invaluable input on what worked and what didn’t. This was a team effort and I’m so lucky to have the best pro lab in WA on my team.

I’d like to thank Sarah Adams for sitting in on the ‘Pet / Animal’ judging and relaying me my scores, and also for updating me during the awards night. And to Erica Serena from Erica Serena Photographer for advising me to darken up ‘Orangutan’ when she first saw it 8 months ago. It was well heeded advice from an esteemed industry professional.

Thanks also to Shaireen VanTuil, who was deservedly recognised last night for her contribution to the WA photography community. Two years ago I was lamenting to her that I didn’t have anything suitable for the awards, and not having a bar of it, she convinced me that I did. Turns out she was right, and I was just making excuses. Sometimes we are too close to our own work to see it for what it could be.

All of my images were photographed using #Tamron lenses and I’m very appreciative for the ongoing support of Tamron Australia and Tamron Lenses USA. Their super performance series range enables me to capture those millisecond moments and from them, develop the concepts I see in my mind’s eye. I know their lenses inside out and they are an interwoven, integral part of my photography.

And last but not least, I must give thanks to my two biggest supporters – my partner Deb, and my office manager Colleen. They go through every trial and tribulation with me, supporting me 110% and always having my back. Photography might seem like a solo occupation but it’s actually a joint effort on all levels – from business support, to home support, to printing, to trusted advisors, to equipment. None of us is an island. Or something!

Congratulations to Aaron Dowling of Aaron Dowling Photography for being crowned the Professional Photographer Of The Year for the second year running with his ethereal landscape images, and to all of the category winners and finalists. I’m honoured to be in your company and to call many of you my friends.

With gratitude,



Australian of the Year Awards 2017

This is a total stretch but I’m sending appreciative thanks to whoever took the time and effort to nominate me.




MADE THE FINALS! ‘Orangutan’ made it to the finals of the Smithsonian Magazine Photography Awards. The awards received over 48,000 submissions from photographers in 146 countries and territories. 70 images were selected as finalists, with ‘Orangutan’ being one of the 10 images up for contention in the Altered Images category. Winners are announced on 28th March but regardless, I’m thrilled to see this sweet face selected to sit in the top 70 images.

‘Orangutan’ also scored a finals placing in the One Eyeland Photography Awards last month in the Nature / Wildlife category.

Voting is now open for the Readers’ Choice winner in the Smithsonian Magazine Photography Awards.

Could we trouble you to take a second and VOTE for ‘Orangutan’ in the Altered Images category? To VOTE just click open this link and then click on the VOTE tab on the web page.

Voting is limited to one vote per user per day and runs through March 27th 2017.

Thank you so much! xx





Gold award for ‘Zen Dogs’

A mind-blowing surprise to pick up a gold award for ‘Zen Dogs’ at the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) ‘The Annual’ Print Awards held in Las Vegas last week. ‘Rainbow’ and ‘Orangutan’ also scored a silver award each and these results exceeded my expectations as a first time print award entrant. Huge congrats to all of the category winners and a big thanks to Fitzgerald Photo Imaging for the meticulous printing of my entries and to the WPPI organizing team. Much love to Tamron Lenses USA / Tamron Australia / Blonde Robot for their Tamron SP lenses, my tools of trade.