PPAQ Photography Awards

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We are sorry to announce that the PPAQ Photography Awards have been cancelled. All fees paid will be refunded to entrants within the next few days and we would like to thank everyone for their support.

PPAQ Photography Awards | Meet the Judges: Clare Lacanau

As a specialist newborn photographer I am able to combine my two biggest passions in life, art and working with infants.

Born in Hereford, England and spending my formative years in Africa helped me develop my keen interest in the arts. There is so much to appreciate there when you open your eyes to it. Add to that a father with a passion for photography, my destiny was always going to be behind the lens.

We moved to Australia when I was nine. I pursued music, and started playing the flute in the various ensembles at school and continued on after school as a flautist in the Qld Wind and Brass orchestra.  My passion for photography grew when I received my first SLR camera for my 18th birthday. It still has pride of place in my studio to remind me of how far I’ve come.

I spent 9 years in early education while raising my own family of three beautiful children, mainly teaching music to infants and toddlers. When I finally decided to change my focus to fulltime photography it was only natural that I was drawn to newborns and with my previous training it was a perfect fit. I have been in business as Clare Lacanau Photography now for 4 years and I’m loving the interactions with new mothers and their babies.

I understand the importance of capturing all the wonderful moments and milestones that seem to fly by. My passion is to make sure my clients have beautiful archival quality images that record their family’s memories. My hope is that my images will become priceless family heirlooms.

I am currently a council member of the Professional Photographers’ Association of Queensland.

PPAQ Photography Awards | Meet the Judges: Colin Bushell

Trying to pigeonhole Colin is a tough business: photographer, journalist,
educator, writer, broadcaster, business consultant and purveyor of 1970s
progressive rock music (not everything is explainable!).

His first camera, purchased in 1982, was an Olympus OM2, as he explained, “I was a fan of David Bailey, and he used an OM2, so it really was the only choice for me!”

When his day job was as a consumer law enforcement officer in London, he was moonlighting as a music journalist, and rubbing shoulders with the who’s-who of 80s rock music. His greatest interviewee? David Bowie.
Arriving in Australia in 1998, Colin and his wife, Nikki have lived in every corner of the country, and been across the Nullabor three times, in search of new adventures. In 2005, Colin won the WA State lexapronorx.com/ Literature Mentorship Award for his novel, Lost Dogs.

Colin spends an average of two months a year traveling the world, but since 2005, has been based in Brisbane, where he owns and runs Bigger Boat Creative Solutions and Colin Bushell Photography, offering creative business solutions, content writing and personalised photography for individuals and businesses. In 2015, he won The Lord Mayor’s Photographic Award, for his photo, ‘Junkyard Revelation’. He has been a regular contributor to publications such as, Brisbane News, Indulge and West End Magazine and has been a guest presenter on the ABC.

Colin runs creative photography workshops, and is co-owner of Curious Engine Photography Experience, offering customised photography tours to locals and travellers alike.

He is currently Vice President of The Professional Photographers’ Association of Queensland.

http://www.biggerboat.com.au

www.curiousengine.com.au

PPAQ Photography Awards | Meet the Judges: Leah Desborough

Leah’s career launched simultaneously with the introduction of Brisbane first Lifestyle magazine, the “Brisbane News” Magazine as Chief Photographer in 1994, followed by extensive experience in London working for “The Times” and Mirror Group as Chief Photographer for the South London Press. Her last position before coming home to Australia in 2010 was Picture Editor for 5 National Newspapers across the UK.

Immersed in the Photography Industry since days of film, Leah continues with her established Business to specialize in high-end fields incorporating Commercial Photography, Editorial, Portraiture, Personal and Business Branding, Architecture and Interior Design, Food and Fashion.

LDP Studio Brisbane opened in 2018 and services her Corporate, Branding and Fashion Clients.

Leah has also been teaching Photography, specifically Business and Marketing plus Media to Diploma Students since 2012 at Queensland TAFE and presently at Torrens University in Fortitude Valley. She is also regularly invited to present to Industry and speak at Women’s Business groups on Personal and Business Branding.

With career spanning 25 years, Leah is currently developing a Mentoring Program for emerging and established Photographers to help them achieve successful and profitable Photographic Businesses in a highly competitive market.

www.leahdesborough.com

info@leahdesborough.com

M – 0416 814 214

The Photography Awards | Meet the Judges: Mark Lutz

Mark Lutz – Owner, Art House Reproductions

Most biographies start at the beginning and end up in the present – I’m going to work my way backwards, just to be a little different. I like to live in the now and look forward to the future, not dwelling on the past.

2019 sees me celebrating 18 years in business as Art House Reproductions, www.arthousehq.com,  based at Bowen Hills in Brisbane. We are recognised for helping artists make more income from their art through reproductions, offering sales and marketing advice, seminars and our online store, www.buyartnow.com.au. We also provide high end fine art printing and finishing services to professional and amateur photographers with www.inkjetlab.com.au.

Art House began in 2001 following nearly 3 decades working in the family studio of Lutz Photographics. My parents, Col and Lorraine, began the business in 1971 and I pushed them into retirement in 1996. Our main studio was at Mt Gravatt in Brisbane but for a few years we also had a studio and minilab in Southport on the Gold Coast.

Back in those days most studios did a bit of everything and while we specialized in weddings and portraits, there was plenty of commercial, aerial, christenings, funerals, headshots and more to keep us busy. We began printing our own colour prints in the mid 70’s and ran our own in-house lab until 1996 when I moved the Mt Gravatt studio to my home at Wellington Point.

In the 90’s, not sure of the exact years now, I spent around 6-7 years on the Qld Council of the AIPP, serving two years as State President. I was also a Certified Professional Photographer in the PPAQ. The CPP program was instigated by Col during his term as President of the PPAQ.

That’s about it – spent all my adult life and half my teens around photography, photographers, arty people, printing, marketing and sales. Seen many photographers come and go, the good, the bad and the ugly (you know who you are) and worked through the analog/digital transition – never want to touch a piece of film again!

This year I’ll be old enough to officially be classed as a Senior but I’m not ready to retire yet. I love what I do and I’ve got plenty left in the tank.

The First PPAQ Photography Awards

The PPAQ Photography Awards is an opportunity for you to become involved in a distinctive cultural life that can only be offered by the wonderful state we live in. We invite you to share your vision with us.

In 2018/19, residents and students have the opportunity to submit their original images of Queensland’s unique character.

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Entries close 28 February, 2019.

This Year’s Brief: “My Queensland”

Queensland is a State like no other: From harsh deserts to impenetrable rainforest; from crystal clear coral seas to soaring skyscrapers; from urban chic to country character. It’s a world of photographic opportunity at our door.

The PPAQ buy soma challenges you to show us something that truly represents our diversity. We’re less interested in seeing the Story Bridge at sunset, and more interested in seeing the way humans interact with the land or sea. Less your family pet, and more the struggles of nature to come to terms with our extreme climate. Less, your backyard, and more the way Queensland is seen by the rest of Australia and the world.

In fact, surprise us. It’s home to all of us, but what does it mean to you?

Photograph © Jannine McFarlane, CPP

We did it!

Last weekend, the PPAQ came together for our first Member’s Print Exhibition at Paddington’s Substation Gallery. It was wonderful to see so many people share in our excitement.

It was amazing to see our Members on deck to share their knowledge and experience with a wide range of visitors, including art lovers, young students in search of tips and ideas, enthusiastic amateurs, potential new members, and experienced pros. It was also a pleasure to see past PPAQ influencers, including Alan Hansen and Ron Letheran.

With our first tramadolhclnorx.com/ public photography competition soon to be announced, the PPAQ is making good on its intentions to look to the future for both its members and the industry in general.

 


About the PPAQ

The PPAQ guarantees the highest standards in professional photography, ensuring exceptional imagery, business probity and client confidence. PPAQ members nurture relationships with fellow professionals, clients and community; actively promote the Association and build membership; and commit to continuous learning and improvement.

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So what’s the point of joining the PPAQ?

By Colin Bushell

Let’s start more broadly.

Just what is the point of joining any professional association? “I pay membership fees and get little in return!” “I can’t see any value to my business!” “I don’t get any real input!” All valid concerns and – in some cases – justified.

 

Professional associations exist for just about any profession where qualifications and experience – either earned of learned – are a prerequisite for offering a high level of quality output, combined with customer confidence and satisfaction.  

 

The polar opposites of this are the ‘enemy’ of professional associations and their members, and in our industry are frequently ‘fly by night’ photographers who harbor only an interest in a quick buck while undercutting in price, hovering dangerously close to malpractice or just plain exploitation. It’s a frequent topic of sensationalistic journalism, the likes of which A Current Affair lap up: ‘My wedding photographer ran off with my money (and sometimes the bride!)’.

 

Photography is an industry in constant transition. As professionals who rely on it for our income, we look at poor quality and questionable customer service and shudder. But what to do?

 

Being in a professional association is certainly not the be-all, and end-all. I know of many professional photographers who produce some of this country’s greatest work, and still don’t belong to a professional association. They let their credentials and talent do the talking for them. And good luck to them.

 

But in a time where many photographers are questioning their futures, and the industry they love, one of the main benefits of joining an association isn’t a certificate, or a lanyard, or even letters after your name: it’s camaraderie; a knowing collectiveness that embodies a creative pursuit, as much as it determines a business ideal.

 

The PPAQ has been many things to many people over the years, not always perfect, but always determined to provide the right environment and support to ensure cialischeapprice.com/ that those who pass through its ranks can be proud that they belong to something that has goals and ambitions aligned with their own.

 

As such, consider again the value of the distinction I made earlier (quality output, customer satisfaction et al).  The PPAQ seeks this from its members, but that is simply a requirement. No association says, ‘join us and we won’t care too much about what you do!’  Quality is a given. What’s missing from most people’s assessment of whether to join is rarely a question of how committed their fellow members are, or how effective a Council may be, it’s ‘how and when can I get help?’

 

And that, my fellow professionals, is the point here.  

 

It may be for no other reason, but the PPAQ is worth joining because we share a common goal, a common outlook and a common passion. And therefore, we know what hurts. We know what frustrates. We know how to succeed. And we know how easy it is to fail.

 

We know all these things collectively. And, as an Association, we are dedicated to standing together and striving for success, even when questions become doubts, and doubts become fears.

 

The point of being in an Association is being part of a team of like minded individuals, who are working towards one end.  And, as if by way of an immediate contradiction, that one end is actually a hundred variations of the thing we need more than ever as sole/individual/lonely professionals: a sense of teamwork.

 

Your Association may have many imperfections, but it always agrees that the most important people in it are you.


About the PPAQ

The PPAQ guarantees the highest standards in professional photography, ensuring exceptional imagery, business probity and client confidence. PPAQ members nurture relationships with fellow professionals, clients and community; actively promote the Association and build membership; and commit to continuous learning and improvement.

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Members Print Exhibit – 21st & 22nd July, Substation Gallery

Come along and say hello! Meet our Exhibiting Photographers and chat one-on-one about all things photography. We’d love to see you there.


About the PPAQ

The PPAQ guarantees the highest standards in professional order ambien photography, ensuring exceptional imagery, business probity and client confidence. PPAQ members nurture relationships with fellow professionals, clients and community; actively promote the Association and build membership; and commit to continuous learning and improvement.

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In the Studio with….Fotojenic Photography

Last night saw us visiting Lake Moogerah with Mark Culley, CPP of Fotojenic Photography.

Mark has been in the Photography Industry for over 30 years. He shared his knowledge and experience with our CPPs that has kept him in a profitable business throughout that time. While he has photographed over 600 weddings and countless portraits, Mark’s passion truly lies with his landscapes and astral work. These days, he takes his studio with him – and a decked out studio he has! (I’m quite certain you’d find a kitchen sink if you looked hard enough!)

Passionate about the technical aspects of photography and the profession in general, Mark now teaches people how to take generic xenical better photos, master the capabilities of their cameras and understand the world of photography through hands-on education while still maintaining his wedding, portrait and event photography.

The PPAQ’s “In the Studio with…” events are a platform for our members to share their experience within our community. Each CPP takes away something different from every event and that’s what makes them so valuable.


About the PPAQ

The PPAQ guarantees the highest standards in professional photography, ensuring exceptional imagery, business probity and client confidence. PPAQ members nurture relationships with fellow professionals, clients and community; actively promote the Association and build membership; and commit to continuous learning and improvement.

Follow the PPAQ on social media: