Sport photographer Adam Pretty has been named overall winner at the 36th Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards (or ‘Canon AIPP APPAs’)

Monday 28 May, 2012 – The photographic industry’s most anticipated accolade has been awarded to Sydney photographer Adam Pretty last night by the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) at a special gala dinner in Melbourne.

Adam last night walked away with $20,000 in Canon prizes and the prestigious title of 2012 Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year for his stunning images (featured above) in addition to the 2012 AIPP Australian Sport Photographer of the Year award.

‘The interest in the Canon AIPP APPAs continues to grow each year,’ says AIPP Executive Officer, Mr Peter Myers. ‘Again, the awards have received a record number of entries from photographers from around the country. This year more than 850 photographers submitted over 3,100 images in the competitive awards.’

Conducted by some of Australia’s most recognised photographers, judging for the awards took place over the past three days at the industry’s annual Digital Show. Each of the thousands of images entered is critiqued in detail by the esteemed judging panel.

‘As the photographic landscape changes, we need to modify the categories to accommodate the volumes of work we are seeing in other areas,’ says Canon AIPP APPA Chairman and Judge, David Paterson.

In their 36th year, the Canon AIPP APPAs attract a prize pool of more than $40,000 in cash and prizes including the grand prize – $20,000 worth of Canon EOS professional digital camera equipment.

“The Canon AIPP APPAs are the most sought-after accolade in Australian professional photography and the standard rises each year due to the fierce competition,” says Taz Nakamasu, Managing Director, Canon Australia. “As the No.1 camera brand in Australia, Canon is proud to support the development of professional photographers and bring their work to broader attention as a source of inspiration and enjoyment for all.”

The Canon AIPP APPAs are a celebration of photographic excellence and represent the pinnacle of Australian professional photography – also some of the best in the world.

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Winners for the 2012 Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards are:

  • 2012 Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year – Adam Pretty, Sydney NSW
  • 2012 AIPP Australian Advertising Photographer of the Year – Easton Chang, Warners Bay NSW
  • 2012 AIPP Australian Fashion Photographer of the Year – Genelle Bevan, Berwick, VIC
  • 2012 AIPP Architectural Photographer of the Year – Tim Griffith, Castlemaine, VIC
  • 2012 AIPP Fusion Award – Matthew Ebenezer, Toowoomba, QLD,
  • 2012 AIPP Australian Sport Photographer of the Year – Adam Pretty, Sydney NSW
  • 2012 AIPP Australian Travel Photographer of the Year – Todd McGaw, Brisbane, QLD
  • 2012 AIPP Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year – Jackie Ranken, Queenstown, NZ
  • 2012 AIPP Australian Science Environment & Nature Photographer of the Year – Darren Jew, Brighton, QLD
  • 2012 AIPP Australian Documentary Photographer of the Year – Lesley Downie, Noosa Ville, QLD
  • 2012 AIPP Australian Illustrative Photographer of the Year – Charmaine Heyer, Mooroobool, QLD
  • 2012 AIPP Australian Fine Art Photographer of the Year – Hilary Hann, Kent Town, SA
  • 2012 AIPP Australian Portrait Photographer of the Year – Sue Bryce, Leichhardt, NSW
  • 2012 AIPP Australian Family Photographer of the Year – Jonelle Beveridge, Banjup, WA
  • 2012 AIPP Australian Wedding Photographer of the Year – Ryan Schembri, Drummonye, NSW
  • 2012 AIPP Australian Creative Photographer of the Year – Kelly Brown, Kenmore Hills, QLD
  • 2012 AIPP Student Photographer Of The Year – Ona Janzen, Blackheath, NSW
  • 2012 AIPP Tertiary Photography Institution Of The Year – Photography Studies College (PSC), South Melbourne, VIC
  • 2012 Highest Scoring Colour Print Award – Charmaine Heyer, Mooroobool, QLD
  • 2012 Highest Scoring Print Monochrome Award – Jose Luis Guardia, Granada
  • 2012 AIPP Australian Album of the Year Award – Nadine Saacks, Rose Bay, NSW
  • 2012 AIPP Australian Photography Book Award – Fier Institute, Capalabar, QLD

Background to the Canon Australian Professional Photography Awards

The Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards are open to all Australian and overseas professional photographers. In addition to the coveted 2012 Canon AIPP Australian Photographer of the Year Award, entries are also judged in sub-categories covering specialised forms of professional photography including: Commercial, Illustrative, Self-Promotion, Portrait, Wedding, Science, Environment & Nature, Landscape and an Open Award. As the winning entries are judged by their peers in professional photography, the awards represent the best of the best professional photography in Australia.

2012 marks the 36th year of the AIPP’s Australian Professional Photography Awards and the 11th year of Canon’s major sponsorship. Award-winning images will go on national tour in the Canon AIPP APPA Travelling Exhibition and be showcased in the Canon AIPP APPA book.

About the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP)

Founded in 1963, the AIPP is a not-for-profit organization 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.

Sponsored by Canon Australia

Canon Australia is a market leader in digital imaging technology for consumers and businesses. Canon EOS digital SLR cameras are the No.1 choice for DSLR buyers in Australia*1. For working professional photographers, Canon Professional Services offers a support network designed to provide you with the best professional support service – bar none. As part of the Canon family, Canon Finance Australia makes finance for professional photographers simple. In addition to the best products and services, Canon is dedicated to contributing to the growth and popularity of photography at all levels in Australia. It does this in many ways, including the popular World of EOS online portal and the key sponsorship of the Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards.

*1 56% volume share. Source: GfK Retail and Technology Australia, Digital Still Cameras – DSLR, Retail Sales Value, Jan 2011-Dec 2011 (excludes MMC, Internet and online channels)

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