Illustrative photographer, Gay Campbell named overall winner at Canon Australian Professional Photography Awards
- Gay Campbell is named the 2007 Canon/AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year;
- As the major winner, Gay receives her choice of Canon professional imaging products to the value of $20,000;
- 2007 marks the 31st year of the Australian Professional Photography Awards and the 6th year of Canon’s major sponsorship; and
- Award-winning images will go on national tour in the Canon APPA Travelling Exhibition and be showcased in the Canon APPA book.
Canon Australia congratulates Sydney-based professional photographer, Gay Campbell, of Montalbetti and Campbell, who has been named the 2007 Canon/AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year at the annual Canon Australian Professional Photography Awards (Canon APPA).
Ms Campbell’s award-winning portfolio comprised a series of portraits that expressed a unique style and avant garde artistry. A multi award-winning photographer, Ms Campbell was overwhelmed to be named as the winner and said she would share her award with her husband and business partner, Denis Montalbetti, as they work as a team in creating every image.
“Winning this award is a stunning achievement that was completely unexpected,” said Ms Campbell. “The Canon APPAs set a very high standard and I’m delighted to win this award. To quote the words of Gustavus Swift, ‘Don’t let the best you have done so far be the standard for the rest of your life’. Participating in the Canon APPAs challenges photographers to continually develop and improve their craft and I encourage every professional photographer to be involved in the Australian Institute of Photography and these awards,” said Ms Campbell
As winner of the 2007 Canon APPA, Gay receives her choice of Canon imaging products to the value of twenty thousand dollars. In addition to the Canon/AIPP Professional Photography Award, Gay’s portfolio won the AIPP Illustrative Photographer of the Year category.
Now in their 31st year, the Canon Australian Professional Photography Awards recognise the top professional photographers in Australia. The 2007 awards received a record number of entries with an increase in submissions of 25%. Entries are individually critiqued and scored via a rigorous peer-review judging process to determine the highest-scoring prints across the different categories.
Stuart Poignand, Marketing Manager, Consumer Imaging Products Group, Canon Australia, said the depth of emotion and artistry in the 2007 entries demonstrates the passion of Australia’s professional photographers and their dedication to excellence.
“This year’s winners were selected from thousands of entries, submitted by hundreds of professional photographers. Competitive peer judgement, applied with the rigour of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, drives excellence, innovation and creative experimentation – all values Canon shares with our partners in professional photography,” said Mr Poignand.
“Canon has a long association with Australian professional photographers, and we’re incredibly proud to continue our sponsorship of the Australian Professional Photography Awards. We’re honoured to support such a talented and dedicated community of professionals who continue to delight and inspire us with their work,” said Mr Poignand.
Background to the Canon Australian Professional Photography Awards
The Canon Australian Professional Photography Awards are open to all Australian and overseas professional photographers. In addition to the coveted 2007 Canon/AIPP Australian Photographer of the Year Award, entries are also judged in sub-categories covering specialised forms of professional photography including: Advertising/Fashion, Editorial, Commercial/Industrial, Illustrative, Photo Illustrator, Portrait, Wedding, Science, Environment & Nature, Landscape and an Open Award. As the winning entries are rigorously judged by their peers in professional photography, the awards represent the best of the best professional photography in Australia.
This year’s award included for the first time a new category open to press photographers representing Australian news publishing companies called the 2007 AIPP Press Photography Award.
The category winners for the 2007 Canon Australian Professional Photography Awards are:
Rocco Ancora – 2007 AIPP Australian Wedding Photographer of the Year
George Apostolidis and Tim Griffith (joint) 2007 AIPP Australian Commercial/Industrial Photographer of the Year (image above by George Apostilidis)
Urs Buhlman – 2007 AIPP Australian Advertising/Fashion Photographer of the Year
Gay Campbell – 2007 AIPP Australian Illustrative Photographer of the Year
Darren Jew – 2007 AIPP Australian Environment, Science & Nature Photographer of the Year
Michael Langford – 2007 AIPP Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year
Stephen Jones – 2007 AIPP Australian Editorial Photographer of the Year
Peter Rossi – 2007 AIPP Australian Portrait Photographer of the Year
Damien Bredberg – 2007 AIPP Australian Open Award
Pina Raiola – 2007 AIPP Australian Photo Illustrator of the Year
The Age Newspaper – 2007 AIPP Press Photography Award
The 2007 Canon/AIPP Professional Photography Awards book will soon be produced featuring the category winners and the Gold and Silver award-winning entries from each category.
The 2007 winning entries will also be showcased in a national touring exhibition, which commences in Sydney this July. Further details will be available from the Australian Institute of Professional Photography at www.aipp.com.au and the canon.com.au/appa.
Canon Australia is a leading provider of advanced, simple-to-use imaging solutions for businesses and consumers. Canon’s Australian R&D company, CISRA, develops customised solutions for local customers, and exports digital imaging technologies for use in Canon products worldwide. Canon has ranked among the top-three US patent recipients for the past 15 years, and had global revenues of around $US35 billion in 2006. Canon Australia als
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About Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP)
Founded in 1963, the AIPP is a not-for-profit organisation run voluntarily for and by professional photographers and industry representatives who seek to set a standard of excellence within the photographic industry. The AIPP strives to promote and maintain the highest standards of professional competence and business ethics in the industry. By maintaining rigorous entry criteria and a binding Code of Ethics for members, as well as providing ongoing education via seminars, workshops and events, the AIPP is a brand of trust in the photographic industry. AIPP Committees represent members on important issues such as copyright; taxation, legal and business matters; insurance; digital imaging and work practices.