Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize 2011 {Brisbane Award Winning Photographer}

The last 12 months have been such an amazing time for me on my photographic journey. From the Canon advertising campaign, to awards at state and national level, to just the general pleasure of photographing new people, big and small, every week. With every new client I photograph and every award I win, I wonder how I came to be in the spot I am right now. This was reinforced again when I headed down to Sydney on Tuesday for the opening of the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize 2011 and what would be one of the most surreal experiences in my career to date.

Over 200,000 photographers and artists submitted entries into the Moran Prize for 2011 – which work should symbolise Contemporary Australian Life. Those numbers are huge and it’s no wonder when its not only the richest contemporary art prize in Australia, but the world. When I entered I never dared dream I would make it as a finalist let alone a Highly Commended. So when I received a phone call telling me I was a finalist I just about fell off my chair with excitement. Being a finalist, in amongst some AMAZING artists was simply mind blowing for me. I let it rest, and didn’t give consideration to winning anything – seriously I didn’t think I stood any sort of chance. Last week, I received a phone call wanting to confirm whether I was going to attend the opening of the exhibition. Being in Sydney I hadn’t really given it any consideration – although I would have loved to attend (who wouldn’t) I wasn’t sure I could make it happen. After some persuasion I decided I should go.

At the media announcement I was beside myself with nerves, like horrible nerves, so much so I just couldn’t think straight. Therefore, I couldn’t really hear what was being said. I *thought* I heard my name in amongst the discussion but I couldn’t be sure – and had to ask someone to confirm who the award winners were.  I was completely and utterly bowled over to hear my name  as one of the Highly Commended artists in this years Prize. Being at the exhibition and seeing my work displayed is too exciting and humbling for words really. The talent on show at the NSW State Library is unbelievable and if you happen to be in Sydney, do check it out (until 25 June).

It was such a wonderful highlight in my career to date and I loved sharing the experience with Trevor and my brother, Nathan. We had a wonderful night and I hope to do it again sometime in the next few years (one can hope of course…!).

And a special thank you to my sister Natalie, for letting me bear witness to such an amazing moment and allowing me to capture it with my camera.

…and here is the picture.

by nicolera


May 6, 2011 - 11:50 am

Katie - It is an amazing and incredibly movement photograph Nic, and you totally deserved the highly commended. Hugest congratulations to you my friend. Onwards and upwards! You are an inspiration. xo

May 6, 2011 - 11:54 am

Belinda Cook - Congratulations Nic and totally deserved, such a beautiful, moving image. You are one talented woman!! x

May 6, 2011 - 11:58 am

Kim Selby - Congratulations Nicole, totally deserved. It is the most spine-tingling image. Well done xx

May 6, 2011 - 12:42 pm

Kylie Carrett - Congratulations on your outstanding achievement! It’s fantastic to see your photograph hanging up there, and to get a glimpse into the exhibition. You looked absolutely lovely too! xox

May 6, 2011 - 12:55 pm

Leanne Stamatellos - way to go Nicole – you should be incredibly proud of yourself – the image was superb!

May 6, 2011 - 2:05 pm

Kristen Cook - Onwards and upwards from here Nic, this is just so exciting! Congratulations!!! :)

May 6, 2011 - 2:30 pm

Natalie Walsh - What a brilliant moment to capture! Well done Nicole, you truly deserve it.. more to come I think! Congratulations xx

May 6, 2011 - 2:57 pm

Robyn Geering - OMG Nic, I have goose bumps for you – you are a super star. I am so incredibly proud of you sweets – the biggest of hugs to you.

May 6, 2011 - 3:13 pm

Seona Mercer - Nicole you superstar ! Awesome, moving, amazing image and an award very much deserved. congratulations to you ! xx

May 6, 2011 - 3:38 pm

Carly - Well done Nic – that was an amazing picture, you deserve all the recognition you are getting – you are so talented. Looking very glam in the pics too. xo

May 6, 2011 - 8:16 pm

Jennifer Stocks - You are just amazing. in EVERY way. You deserve every one of your successes. WELL DONE! I am so proud of you.

May 6, 2011 - 9:52 pm

Barb Uil - Congrats!! wha!!! amazing!! =) You rocked it! I totally have goose bumps, your images are moving and the prize well that just sends shivers! =)

May 6, 2011 - 10:34 pm

Karen Pfeiffer - My dear friend, you know how proud I am of you. Your photography journey sure has been amazing and you should be so incredibly proud of yourself for what you have achieved in such a short space of time. You are such an “all rounder” and I admire it so much – you can take on any photographic project or client, and work wonders. You are a Star! Well done on this awesome achievement. Lots of love xxx

May 13, 2011 - 10:12 pm

Kate Buechner - Congratulations Nicole, this is so well deserved. It is such an amazing moment that you captured, one a mother will never forget.

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