Professional Photography Awards – The Wrap Up

ย 2011 has been a great year for Savvy Studios when it comes to awards and we’re thrilled to finally be able to show you our award images.


I started off the year entering a single portrait image at the WPPI Awards in Las Vegas and this image came home with a nice score and a pretty ribbon telling me I had earned an ‘accolade of excellence’. I then entered the same image into our Qld Professional Photography Awards (QPPAs)ย where it attained a silver award. I now call this image, “the little image that could” because in it’s third and final turn at competition at the Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPAs) ย in Sydney it picked up a score of 88 – so so so close to a gold award (90 – 100). One of the judges even tried to argue it up but just didn’t quite get there. I’m absolutlely thrilled. This was an image shot with a very pregnant mother at 5am on a summer morning and required a fair bit of shifting around. How incredible was Mel to get into this position and look so damn comfortable there! She’s an absolute champion. ๐Ÿ™‚

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My next image was one that I was incredibly lucky to capture and it was a huge risk entering it. The judges would either totally love the image or totally hate it. I am proud to announce that the image was awarded a GOLD AWARD at APPAs (woohoo!). The argument was apparently a good one and I am so happy that the judges totally understood the moment captured was a photojournalistic image of new motherhood at it’s finest. Thank you to the judges and to everyone who has commented on this image. Also a huge thank you to Tracy and gorgeous baby Kobie for allowing me to capture such a perfect moment.

My last two images that I entered I was a little unlucky with. The shot of the two gorgeous girls jumping for the umbrella earned a silver award at the QPPAs (yay!) but just missed out on an award at the APPAs (bummer). The image of the pregnant lady was taken in the doorway of a disused mineshaft in a Brisbane national park. I love the shot but the judges didn’t agree and again it just missed out on earning an award at APPAs. I still totally love the images so here they are.


Most exciting though was the introduction of a brand new category at the Australian Professional Photography Awards called ‘fusion’. Fusion is a slideshow that is a combination of stills and video that is merged to create something really cool… well, hopefully if you do it right. I’m not a videographer in any sense but I thought I would give it a go just to challenge myself and see what would happen. As the first few videos were played I felt sick and wanted to withdraw mine. There was professional studio production VS my slapped together video produced without any proper editing knowledge whatsoever as I’m 100% self taught. My video ended up being the very last one played and it was painful. Then the score was announced; a silver award at 82!!! My little video scored higher than a video that was used as a national television commercial!

I was excited, happy, overjoyed and relieved all rolled into one. I did it for a bit of fun and came away with an award. How cool is that?

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Alex didn’t fare so well at the Australian Professional Photography Awards this year which was a bit of a downer however his entry to the Qld Professional Photography Awards had a vastly different result: Alex was awarded Runner Up Qld Documentary Photographer of the Year. SQUEEEEEE!

He went with his heart in selecting the images. Three of them were shot in New York last year and one was shot during a street photography shoot here in Bris Vegas. These are his award winning documentary images from the Qld Awards. (Personally, I think Alex rocks… but I might be a little biased.)

Every year the awards bring us something different in terms of results. This year is no different. Ups and downs everywhere and there is nothing better than succeeding with much loved images and also following the successes of friends and peers. We are proud of our work as photographers and so happy to share our industry with some of the most outstanding photographers in the world.

Seriously awesome stuff.


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Bat - July 4, 2011 - 2:55 pm

Congratulations to you both on you awards.
I was lucky enough to judge your photojournalistic family shot. In my mind a gold is one that you will remember well after the judging has all finished and this one certinly stood and and still stands in my memory. Congratulations again.


Josh & Kylie - July 4, 2011 - 8:20 pm

Great wrap up guys. Personally, LOVE LOVE LOVE *insert bold, underlined, huge text* ALL *insert bold, underlined, huge text* of these!


Matthew - July 6, 2011 - 3:13 pm

Well done guys, fantastic work! Gets me excited about the industry and makes me want to get more involved in 2012 ๐Ÿ™‚


Kellee - July 6, 2011 - 3:39 pm

Congrats guys!


alyda - July 11, 2011 - 10:17 pm

love the new look and the images are amazing! well done ๐Ÿ™‚


Nerina & Michael - July 11, 2011 - 10:41 pm

Congrats Alex and Alicia!! Great photos – as always!!!
The new website looks great too ๐Ÿ™‚


Rima - July 11, 2011 - 10:50 pm

Your work is not photography, it is art!


Daniel - July 11, 2011 - 11:16 pm

love every frame! congrats and well deserved!


Natalie - July 11, 2011 - 11:42 pm

Oh my gosh – your work is incredible! Congratulations!


Jim Murphy - July 11, 2011 - 11:45 pm

Nice wrap up. Really like that umbrella shot, but they’re all great.


derrys - July 12, 2011 - 12:06 am

wow. that first shot with the tree roots is just simply amazing. And how do we explain the shot with the umbrella’S?


catherine ann - July 12, 2011 - 12:16 am

wow, all of these photos are beautiful & amazing. Congrats to both of you!


George L Koroneos - July 12, 2011 - 1:55 am

Killer work. Congrats for the accolades. You deserve them.


Sam - July 12, 2011 - 2:42 am

congrats on all the awards, these photos are pretty darn amazing! Awesomeness!!!!!!


Johanna Hietanen - July 12, 2011 - 3:03 am

Congrats! Every image is so beautiful, I especially love the one with the children and umbrellas and the second one ๐Ÿ™‚


Paul Rowland - July 12, 2011 - 5:53 am

Love your site. Love the images – though I really enjoyed the umbrella shot – very different.


Jason Lloyd - July 12, 2011 - 6:45 am

Wow – I love Alex’s street photography shots, especially the kid on the iPod with the graffiti wall. A-maze-balls!!! ๐Ÿ™‚


Kyle - July 12, 2011 - 8:07 am

CONGRATS Alicia!!!! Very well deserved on all the awards. I absolutely adore the shot of the little girl jumping up to the umbrellas.


Justin - July 12, 2011 - 10:31 pm

Congrats on all your achievements this year Alicia!


nadine - July 13, 2011 - 1:53 am

The first image is epic! and the image of the children and umbrellas are also beautiful!


Reanan and Matt

A few posts back I remarked that I was a bad friend because I didn’t realise the people getting married were people I knew until I Alex arrived home and I was looking through the photos. This happened again on Valentine’s day with Reanan and Matt. For some reason I simply kept forgetting that it was Reanan who was getting married in a gorgeous vintage styled ceremony up in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

The friend that I had been following posts about her upcoming nuptials with much excitement.

So when Alex arrived home and I was looking at the photos I was like, “D’OH! I’ve done it again. Another friend hitched and I pretty much forgot.” Seriously, I think I still have baby brain sometimes.

However I digress. I present to you the very gorgeous wedding of Reanan and Matt. Long time couple and very happy newlyweds.

Photographed by Alex


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Elena Hernandez - June 17, 2011 - 4:46 pm

What an incredibly beautiful wedding of a couple who clearly wanted to keep it small and intimate. They are adorable and the images are breathtaking!


alyda - June 17, 2011 - 4:51 pm

awesome wedding and I love her dress – so super cute!


katie - June 17, 2011 - 5:13 pm

Awww, so lovely! That dress! Stunning.


Debra - June 19, 2011 - 7:55 pm

Thankyou for the memories Alex. Beautiful images of a wonderful day and Reanan was a reflection of that.


Kellee - June 20, 2011 - 11:25 am

+1 Alyda! Love the dress. Love the whole wedding in fact!


Jon S6 - July 5, 2011 - 6:48 pm

really well shot, location looks lovely


Alan Hutchion - July 5, 2011 - 8:32 pm

Gosh that bride has a gorgeous smile and it seemed like an infectious laugh and i wasn’t even there. lovely photos – loved the one on top of the hill with the landscape in the background.


Jim Murphy - July 6, 2011 - 12:35 am

Love the candid shots, she has a great laugh. Great job on these, looks like a fun wedding.


Avelaine Scyrup - July 6, 2011 - 1:05 am

Beautiful work! Man, that food looks sooo amazing – hungry!


Caroline Ghetes - July 6, 2011 - 1:27 am

Oh my God, I freaking love this bride! She’s so stylish! Love her dress. Great photos of these two!


Paul Rowland - July 6, 2011 - 1:30 am

Love your work. You have captured the details brilliantly and their love for each other is clearly expressed in your images.


Steve Koo - July 6, 2011 - 1:42 am

Such a cute wedding; I love her birdcage!


Becca Dilley - July 6, 2011 - 2:31 am

Beautiful all around. That last shot is such a wonderful image to capture the feel of the reception.


alexbee - July 6, 2011 - 11:49 am

gorgeous shots! love her style!


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