Post Iris Awards Print Judging.

Another year has past, well not in that sense. It’s the end of June, so it’s half way through 2019 already. I am referring to the NZIPP Iris Awards that were held in Wellington last week. I was privileged to be a judge this year and also a panel chair assistant. I enjoyed being on the panel more than being a judge. Panel Chair is the team that chooses the judges and keeps the event flowing, keeping challenges to a minimum, co-ordinating between the judging room and print handlers out back in the engine room. It was a busy few days and probably the most rewarding experience in NZIPP.

It was also the first time I had chance to wear my white Grand Master ribbon at an event. I became NZIPP’s 13th Grand Master last year, so was very proud indeed to wear it. The image that was lucky enough to achieve Gold last year (my 6th Gold for Grand Master) was the Rock Head Land that I captured in Kawhia. It also gained a Gold Medal (and Maadi Trophy for champion monochrome image for the third time) in this years National Exhibition in Wellington with the Photographic Society of NZ in April. As a Grand Master I was asked to supply an image for one of the speakers at this years NZIPP Conference. You’ve guessed it, the Head Land image was the one I offered. apparently it was one of the first images to be chosen. I’m not sure yet who has it now, but pleased it was sort after.

I didn’t enter the awards myself. The past few months have seen some dramatic changes, so awards was way down on the list. Incidentally, with the NZIPP points reshuffle and reallocation of honours, I have now achieved a Gold Bar to my Grand Master.
Now that life is a bit quieter now I can spend time on my website and topping up the shops with images. If the snow hangs around, perhaps some new images too. It’s been a while.

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