2011 Australian Professional Photography Awards {Brisbane Award Winning Photographer}

I think it’s safe to say that for any of us, in any given career, it’s wonderful to receive recognition from your peers. The support from family and friends is always so very welcome and much appreciated, but sometimes if you’re in a bit of a slump or feeling a little bit “off”, it’s incredibly rewarding to receive accolades from within the industry itself. Sometimes, you just want to know that you’re heading in the right direction and one of the ways in which to find this out (in the photography world, at least) is to enter various competitions and see how you fare.

It is seriously the most nerve wracking of experiences, putting yourself out there – every ounce of your creative soul on show for all to see. It’s brutal, harsh and intense. It requires mountains of courage. At this point you’re probably wondering why in the world one would put themselves through such an experience. This is the second year I’ve entered the Australian Professional Photography Awards and both times a cloud of regret falls over me just before I see the panel of judges (the best photographers in the country) sitting before my print scrutinising, commenting and then judging it a score (out of 100). It is the most painful yet exhilarating experience all at the same time. It’s eye opening, compelling and exhausting; it is these vast array of emotions that lure you to enter. There is nothing quite like it.

There are no winners or losers. There is no prize at the end of the tunnel. What there is, is an ‘achievement’; an achievement I consider obtained just by taking the courage to enter. I truly admire anyone who does. That said, when entering there is always a hope you will achieve a level of recognition measured in the industry though awards; Silver (80-84), Silver Distinction (85-90), Gold (90-94) and Gold Distinction (95-100).

Last year I entered and was elated to win two Silver awards out of three prints entered. This year I set a goal of achieving 3 Silvers out of 4 prints entered. How utterly thrilled, beyond belief, was I to have been awarded those three silvers but also to receive a much sought after, hard to obtain, Gold!! My photography journey just gets better, more exciting each and every year. It’s truly soul nourishing having your work recognised on a national stage. I’m so very humbled.

A big shout out to all my beautiful photography friends who shared this journey with me and allowed me to share their journey too – Australia seriously has an amazing, inspirational talent poole and I’m so grateful to call many of them my friends! They achieved great things this past week and I’m honoured to have witnessed their accomplishments.

Below are my awarded prints (I have also included a print entered in the QLD awards this past April that I have not shared previously).

by nicolera


June 27, 2011 - 9:22 pm

Karen Pfeiffer - Congratulations to my dear friend on what is truly a well deserved outcome from entering the APPAs. I am so proud of you for all that you have achieved, and I know it will continue onwards and upwards from here!! You are amazing. Well done to you xxxx

June 28, 2011 - 8:30 am

Jodie Towell - So many Congratulations to you Nicole. What an AMAZING achievement! Hold your head high, for you have earnt it. :-)

June 28, 2011 - 9:08 am

Peta - Gorgeous images, every one of them and very deserving of the awards.

June 28, 2011 - 9:09 am

Andrea - Huge congrats Nic, very well deserved – love them all!! Amazing xx

June 28, 2011 - 9:32 am

Natalie - Nicole I am so very proud of you. What an amazing achievement. You are every bit deserving and I know you will only go further from here. What an unbelievable achievement. Xxxxx

June 28, 2011 - 10:00 am

Pobke - What an achievement, gorgeous friend… These images are absolutely beautiful and I’m so very excited for you and happy to see the industry award talented photographers like you. Such an inspiration!! :) xoxoxox

June 28, 2011 - 10:50 am

Amanda Ayling - Wow, what a fabulous achievement! Congratulations, these images are just stunning!

June 28, 2011 - 11:14 am

Kylie Carrett - Congratulations Nicole for all that you’ve achieved! You are one of the bright shining stars in your industry, and I’m certain you have much more to be proud of in the coming years ahead. xox

June 28, 2011 - 11:28 am

Annie Gelhaar - Congratulations Nicole. Fantastic images and wonderful results…you are such an inspiration to me…Annie

June 28, 2011 - 11:40 am

Naomi - So awsome Nic! BIG Congrats and so deserved xx

June 28, 2011 - 11:45 am

Belinda Cook - Stunning images, you are amazing. Congratulations!!!

June 28, 2011 - 11:48 am

Robyn Geering - You are amazing – have I told you that.

June 28, 2011 - 12:48 pm

Janet Palmer - such beautiful images, congratulations again! x

June 28, 2011 - 1:40 pm

fiona andersen - Oh Nic so very proud of you!!! xxxx

June 28, 2011 - 2:28 pm

Jenny - Gorgeous images, well done you!!! xx

June 28, 2011 - 7:07 pm

cazz - wow…congratulations to you. What an amazing result, and so well deserved!

June 28, 2011 - 7:19 pm

Carrie - Congratulations! Your work is divine and the awards and recognition of your peers is very much deserved!

June 28, 2011 - 7:55 pm

Kylie - Oh Nic – I feel so privileged to have met you. you are just beautiful, gorgeous inside and out and talented too! AWESOME stuff Nic. A billion hugs and kisses from me! xo

June 28, 2011 - 8:02 pm

Liz - Well done Nicole, gorgeous shots.

June 28, 2011 - 8:27 pm

El Hogan - Well Done Nicole! Stunning images and very much deserving of the fabulous awards! xoxo

June 29, 2011 - 11:53 am

Ninka - Congratulations Nicole! It was wonderful to watch them being judged and to see your work recognised xx

June 30, 2011 - 1:55 pm

Hayley - Beautiful, inspirational, awe inspiring and just plain fabulous work and effort Nic. So happy for you…congratulations!

July 2, 2011 - 11:45 am

Kim Selby - Huge congratulations to you Nicole. What an amazing, and inspiring images. You deserve every award and more. Just beautiful.

July 5, 2011 - 7:26 pm

Katie - I LOVE the birth picture. I am definitely getting my next birth photographed – by Karen Pfeiffer here in Adelaide of course!! Now must away to work on getting pregnant… ;)

May 30, 2012 - 7:41 pm

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