AIPP announces Vic State Award winner

Fashion photographer Michael Teo has pocketed the title of Victoria’s top professional photographer for 2017.

Photo: Michael Teo.

Teo, who also won the portrait category, was educated as a classical musician and switched to photography later in life.

‘My love for the art is always developing,’ he says. ‘My greatest skills are in getting the best out of people, making them feel comfortable and relaxed in front of my camera so they can truly be themselves.’

More than 100 Victorian professional photographers gathered in Melbourne for the AIPP VIC Epson Professional Photography Awards presented at The Apartment on Little Bourke Street.

Photo: Michael Teo

The national president of the AIPP, Vittorio Natoli, says the awards represent the best of professional photography in Australia.

‘The AIPP VIC Epson Professional Photography Awards are a celebration of photographic excellence and represent the pinnacle of professional photography,’ he said.

To be eligible for the title of Professional Photographer of the Year in each state, photographers must first win a category.

After a category win a panel of experts further assess all category winners’ work to determine the overall state winner. Innovation, content, creativity, technical excellence and impact are the key criteria when the images are reassessed.

Photo: Michael Teo.

More than 190 entrants submitted a total of 885 of images.

This year, the awards were judged anonymously by recognised Australian photographers including Hilary Wardhaugh, David Evans and Greg Hocking.

The state awards also act as a stepping stone to the Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPAs), the country’s largest national awards for professional print photography. State Awards entrants must receive 80 points and above for at least two of their images to be eligible for the APPAs.

Winners for the 2017 AIPP VIC EPSON Professional Photography Awards:
– 2017 AIPP VIC Epson Professional Photographer of the Year – Sponsored by Epson – Michael Teo
– 2017 AIPP VIC Commercial Photographer of the Year – Sponsored by Nulab – James Harvie
– 2017 AIPP VIC Documentary Photographer of the Year – Sponsored by AIPP – Joshua Holko
– 2017 AIPP VIC Family Photographer of the Year – Sponsored by AIPP – Nicole Anderson
– 2017 AIPP VIC Illustrative Photographer of the Year – Sponsored by CR Kennedy
– 2017 AIPP VIC Landscape Photographer of the Year – Sponsored by Fujifilm – Ian van der Wolde
– 2017 AIPP VIC Newborn Photographer of the Year – Sponsored by AIPP – Edyta Palma
– 2017 AIPP VIC Portrait Photographer of the Year – Sponsored by Kayell Australia – Michael Teo
– 2017 AIPP VIC Pet/Animal Photographer of the Year – Sponsored by AIPP – John Ansell
– 2017 AIPP VIC Science, Wildlife and Wild Places Photographer of the Year – Sponsored by AIPP – Andrew Campbell
– 2017 AIPP VIC Travel Photographer of the Year – Sponsored by Camera Electronic – Ken Spence
– 2017 AIPP VIC Wedding Photographer of the Year – Sponsored by AIPP – Mauro Cantelmi
– 2017 AIPP VIC Emerging Photographer of the Year – Sponsored by Kodak Alaris – Allison Harper
– 2017 AIPP VIC Student Photographer of the Year – Sponsored by Melbourne Polytechnic – Deanne Holmer
– 2017 VIC Highest Scoring Print – Sponsored by AIPP – Lisa Saad
– 2017 VIC Epson Signature Worthy Award – Sponsored by Epson – Lisa Saad

Photo: Michael Teo.


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