Posts Tagged ‘Fitzgerald Photo Imaging’



The Dogs’ Refuge Home of WA recently became our latest permanent gallery installation. We donated more than 40 canvas artworks, some up to 20in x 30in in size, to adorn the walls of their awesome administration building. Each one depicts a much loved DRH pooch, photographed either in my studio or outside in the grounds of the DRH.

Huge thanks to Fitzgerald Photo Imaging for helping us sponsor the canvas fit out and for greatly subsidising the cost. Here are a few of the happy and adorable canine stars. #AdoptDontShop



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







All the ordered Double Take Dogs Fundraising Exhibition prints and photos have been collected from Fitzgerald Photo Imaging and will be in the post en route to their new homes later this week. They look stunning on the slick Smooth Pearl paper, which was kindly donated by Ilford Imaging Australia. And Fitzies were awesome in wavering the printing costs as well. This saved us a stack of $$$ and meant more money went directly to the dogs of the Dogs’ Refuge Home of WA. Thanks to Ilford and Fitzies for their generous support. Great team work all round!

Matt Mawson Vectormutt




DOUBLE TAKE DOGS is a collaborative photography & art fundraising exhibition from Alex Cearns of Houndstooth Studio by Alex Cearns and Matt Mawson of Vectormutt. Please share with friends and anyone who has a dog, loves dogs, petted a dog, saw a dog once!

Photographer Alex and artist Matt have been friends for several years. Matt regularly draws sketches of Alex’s pet photographs and shares them online. Alex has commissioned Matt to draw images for her many times. Alex really likes Matt and his work. Matt really likes Alex and her work. They both love dogs and are talented, witty and funny. If you ask them!

Alex and Matt have wanted to work together for a while but had to find the right project. Last year they had a brain storm and it led to the idea of a joint fundraising exhibition, showcasing dog photographs by Alex, interpreted in a sketch by Matt. They knew they were onto something and upped the ante by deciding to donate their profits to an awesome dog rescue organisation, the Dogs’ Refuge Home of WA. Bingo! Double Take Dogs was born.


– Held on Saturday 1st July 2017 from 6pm until 8:30pm
– At the Nedlands Yacht Club Club with full river views
– Gold coin donation on entry
– Matt and Alex will both be in attendance
– 36 photographic prints & 36 sketches on display
– All sketches available for purchase
– 50+ unique silent auction items up for grabs
– Raffle prize
– Dogs Refuge Home stall and DRH fundraising lolly stall
– Full bar available
– Finger foods will be provided
– EFTPOS machine on site
– Plenty of parking

Many dogs are being abandoned at the Dogs Refuge Home of WA requiring expensive, but not life threatening, surgery. Profits will be donated to the Dogs Refuge home of WA to assist with these surgery fees.

We are indebted to Fitzgerald Photo Imaging and Ilford Imaging Australia for their support. Their generosity in providing printing services and smooth pearl fine art paper has greatly assisted in keeping costs low. That means more $$$ for the dogs! Thank you so much for helping us support dogs in need.

Please visit our event page and RSVP if you can make it.

Hope to see you there!

Alex and Matt





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,



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.



Koala Train Limited Edition Print – SOLD OUT

Together we did it! Our limited edition Koala Train prints have sold out – all 150 of them. That means a grand total of $7500 will be donated to Fauna Rescue of South Australia Inc to help them care for sick and injured koalas.

We have to give a big thanks to all of you for your shares of our original post and for your print purchases. Huge thanks also heading out to News Talk 6PR 882 host Christina Morrissy for interviewing me on her radio show and to The Sunday Times and PerthNow who featured this article ( in print and online. Their collective promotion and support from everyone led to a rush of orders, taking us to our total.

We’ve also received incredible feedback about this print, and what that really means is, we’ve received incredible feedback about the koala stars in this print. Animals have a wonderful way of bringing people together and these 5 babies made people’s hearts smile.

One kind Houndstooth follower (let’s call her Lorraine, because that’s her name) purchased a print to gift to a lady she’d never met, who lives in the USA. The lady was keen to order a print for her grand child, but said she’d have to wait until she could afford one and was worried they might sell out by then.

Lorraine ordered two prints and ‘paid it forward’, gifting one to the lady’s granddaughter. And what a wonderful choice of recipient. The lady who will receive the print became her grand daughters carer after her daughter was brutally murdered. She knew the ‘Koala Train’’ would make her grand daughter smile, and so did Lorraine.

A soon-to-be father purchased two prints for his twins as a “Welcome to the world” gift for them both. I love that they get one each and don’t have to share.

Another lady reserved two copies and will be sending one to the UK to her friend who is undergoing cancer treatment, while the other is staying here in Perth. She said she wants to be able to look at her print and send healing love to her friend overseas while she does so, with her friend hopefully finding some comfort in the furry five.

A woman who lives in rural WA ordered a print in memory of her husband who recently passed. He loved photography and wildlife and sounded like man with a very kind soul, who was taken too soon.

And two generous friends snapped up ten prints to send to every corner of the world.

Such simple gestures with kind resonance. Thanks so much to our print sponsors Ilford Imaging Australia and Fitzgerald Photo Imaging and to everyone who got on board the ‘Koala Train.’




Thanks to your incredible support, we’ve sold 50% of our limited edition ‘Koala Train’ prints in just over 2 days. That’s $3,750 going to koalas so far which is awesome!!!

If you haven’t ordered yet, there’s still time. You’ll receive this adorable one-of-a-kind, smile-inducing image and help Fauna Rescue of South Australia Inc provide their valuable koala rescue and care services to koalas in need. Win win!

Info on how to order is detailed here

Big thanks to our print sponsors Ilford Imaging Australia and Fitzgerald Photo Imaging for their generous assistance. #KoalaRescue#KoalaTrain



Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) Awards

Last week the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (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, Lisa Saad and the category winners and finalists, who produced world class portfolios. We really do have some insanely talented photogs on our fine shores.

I was thrilled to receive two Silver Awards for prints ‘Bear Apartment Six’ and ‘Dinar’. Despite being an Accredited Member of the AIPP for several years, this was only the second time I’ve entered the national APPAS, and my combined print scores from 2015 and 2016 gained me my ‘Associate’ status – meaning my next challenge is to work hard to gain the points required to reach the heights of “Master” photographer.

Big thanks to Paul and PJ from Fitzgerald Photo Imaging for their meticulous printing of my images and to Erica Serena of Erica Serena Photographer for her valued advice.

This is the third award for ‘Bear Apartment Six’ – along with the Alternative Processes category win in the 9th Annual Julia Margaret Cameron Awards (where it will be exhibited in Berlin in October), it gained an ‘Acceptance’ placing in the 28th Sutherland Shire National Exhibition of Photography and will now be exhibited in three NSW locations. This makes me so happy for everyone who purchased it as a limited edition print.

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Little bears can be very busy and the cub residents of Free the Bears Fund‘s enclosure number six in Cambodia are no exception.

‘Bear Apartment Six’ is a composite print made up of 16 photographs taken by long term FTB supporter Alex Cearns. The single images have been meticulously pieced together to form a visually enthralling scene of bustling bear activity, indicative of an apartment building.

Photographed over 90 consecutive minutes in June 2016, three sun bear cubs are the stars of the show as they climb in and out of their den entrance. Cheeky, joyful and adorable, sometimes they’re solo and sometimes they’re with their bear buddies. Each bear was rescued from the illegal wildlife trade when they were only a few months old, and will now be in the care of Free The Bears for the rest of their lives.

We have 2 year old Bearzilla, seized from people keeping him as a pet in Phnom Penh; Pooh, aged just under 2 years, surrendered by developers building a hydro dam in the Stung Treng Provence; and 15 month old Soriya Sundance, handed over by a Government Official who obtained her from ethnic minority hunters in the Mondulkiri Province.

You can now have your very own copy of ‘Bear Apartment Six’ as part of a Limited Edition release of 100 signed and numbered prints. Each print is 16 inches x 16 inches in size and printed on Kodak archival paper. A Limited Edition certificate is also included to validate the authenticity of each print.

Prints sold within Australia are $100 each (AUD).
Prints sold overseas are $110 each (AUD).

Fitzgerald Photo Imaging are kindly sponsoring part of the printing cost and $10 from each sale will go towards postage and packaging ($20 for international orders).

That means $90 from each print sold goes directly to Free The Bears AND you will receive a stunning print in exchange. Once 100 prints are sold, the release ends and no further prints will be available.

Please share this message far and wide so we can reach our fundraising target of $9000 and help contribute to the forever care of sun and moon bears.

To place your print order please email your email address.