And also, this happened (a month ago!):
11TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS HONORS
PHOTOGRAPHER CATHERINE BAILEY FROM AUSTRALIA
LOS ANGELES 11 March 2018 - Professional photographer Catherine Bailey of Australia was presented with two Nominee titles in the 11th Annual International Color Awards in the category of Architecture, and one Nominee each in the categories of Nature and Still Life, at a prestigious Nomination & Winners Photoshow streamed Saturday, March 10, 2018.
The live online gala was attended by over 12,500 photography fans around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the industry's most important event for color photography. 11th Annual Jury members included captains of the industry from Christie's, Paris; Grey Group, New York; The Art Channel, London; Ogilvy & Mather, Amsterdam; Publicis Conseil, Paris; Preus Museum, Norway; Art Beatus, Hong Kong; Netflix, Los Angeles; Whitechapel Gallery, London; and Phillips, New York who honored Color Masters with 709 title awards and 730 nominees in 33 categories.
"Photography is more popular than ever. Last year around 1.2 trillion pictures were taken. In this awards show we pay tribute to the top 0.0000000001% of them" said Juror Martijn van Marle, Chief Creative Officer at Ogilvy & Mather, Amsterdam. Joshua White, Presenter and Producer on The Art Channel, London added "Judging this year's submissions for the Color Awards was challenging. The winning images illustrate the continuing importance of photography as a way of seeing the world around us and understanding human experience."
"It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 5,642 entries we received this year," said Basil O'Brien, the awards Creative Director. "Catherine’s exceptional images represent contemporary color photography at its finest, and we're pleased to present her with the title of Nominee."
INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in color photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in color photography.
Awww, isn’t that nice? That’s the blurb that the Color Awards peeps send to Nominees and Winners for promotional purposes. I’ve never used it before but I’m feeling particularly lazy with all this other writing I’ve been doing, so there it is. I entered 5 images and got 4 nominations so I'm pretty happy with that.
And now I must be gone, for there are doors to be widened as my fat head has grown even fatter.
This year I entered 3 images, and I'm quite chuffed that 2 of them won nominations. 8,121 entries were received from 74 countries and these were whittled down to include 1,034 nominations. So what's that, percentage wise? I think it's around the top 10-12% mark so it's quite the ego boost. I'll have to get all the doors in the house widened for my fat head to fit through.
Well, that's not strictly true:
I had another great day/evening assisting Nic Granleese at the yearly Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Architecture Awards night. This year it was held in the Melbourne Room at the Convention Centre and we had our set rigged up in the foyer. Our job is to photograph the award winners, and any other unsuspecting victims we can coerce into hamming it up for the camera.
To see more, go to Nic's website: http://www.nicgranleese.com/projects/19-victorian-architecture-awards-dinner-2017
This is a true story.
Yesterday I received an email from the administrators of the Black & White Spider Awards competition which said this:
"Your Certificate of Achievement from the 11th Annual Black & White Spider Awards has been packed, stamped and mailed off to you! I would like to offer you a free entry to this year's awards as thanks for your patience with the delay in printing and receiving your certificate."
I thought that was very nice of them, but as I didn't enter this competition, I figured I should let them know they've obviously got me confused with someone else. I was just about to send a reply, when something made me think "hmm...maybe I should check if I entered, before responding".
Good thing I did, because it turns out that I have the memory of a carrot. I had entered one photograph in one category and it won a nomination place. Who would have thought, eh?
This year I plucked up the courage to enter 5 pictures in to the Color Awards, and I won 2 nomination places: one for Architecture and one for Still Life.
Maybe last year's nomination wasn't just a fluke!
I should enter more photography competitions.
I think 20% of the reason I don’t is the expense (most good comps aren’t free to enter) but the other 80% is a distinct lack of self confidence. My approach to competitions is a bit like this:
Me: I should enter that competition
Other me: You don’t have anything good enough to enter with
Me: These photos are good
Other me: The kid next door could take a better photo than this
And so it goes…until I finally narrow down a short list a few days before the comp closes. This year I entered the International Color Awards with 2 pictures, because that’s all I could decide on.
I found out yesterday that one of those pictures won a nomination place, which essentially means that of the 5,678 entries from 78 countries received, it was placed in the top 10% of entries.
So naturally, I ummed and ahhhed about telling anyone that.
Every autumn, the CERES Community Environment Park in East Brunswick has a Harvest Festival which involves lots of fresh fruit and vegies, demonstrations of all things green, musicians and storytellers, roaming chooks, face painting (not just for kids!), a cake competition, people riding tall bikes, compost making activities (mostly for kids) and the odd pig.