NZIPP 2013 Iris Awards success

We’re big believers in the NZIPP – the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography.

Not only is Jason a fully Qualified and Accredited member, but he’s also the Chairman of the Wellington region. We believe in the aims of the NZIPP: providing a benchmark to our clients; promoting friendship and a network of photographers; and most importantly, raising our standard of photography.


This is where the annual NZIPP Iris print awards come in. Our clients are awesome enough to let us try a few things and create some amazing artwork for them, and every year we select our favourite ~8 images for selection into the Iris Awards.


It’s nerve-wracking and exhilarating at the same time.


This year was no different, and Jason had his best result ever, walking away as a Finalist in the Wedding Creative category, and receiving 4 Bronzes, 1 Silver and 2 GOLDS!

Not only were there 2 Golds, but one of the images – from our other business, Studio Hospcotch – was the highest scoring colour print of the entire awards.

It’s something to have your clients love and respect your work, but another thing altogether to have your photography peers – the best in the country – rate your work so highly.


Enough words, onto the images. Enjoy!


(Please click the images to link through to a higher resolution version on Facebook.)


Portrait Creative – GOLD – 97/100 (highest scoring image)


Kids Being Kids


Wedding Creative – GOLD – 91/100


Hand in Hand in Hand in Hand



Wedding Classic – SILVER – 81/100


Shotgun Alley



Wedding Classic – BRONZE – 72/100


Fire In The Sky


Wedding Creative – BRONZE – 77/100




Wedding Creative – BRONZE – 74/100


Giving Love - Fresco Style


Wedding Album – BRONZE


Golden Love


Thanks to our clients for letting us push our creativity on your special day. Here’s to 2014!

NZIPP Iris Awards – success!

As a big advocate of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography, and of course a recently qualified member, it was important to my personal growth and development that I entered a few prints in the recent Iris Awards.

Well, imagine my excitement when I sat through 6+ hours of print judging during the awards to see my prints receive awards. And not just any awards, but a Silver and a couple of Bronzes.

Of course, it didn’t really sink in until hours later after been congratulated by plenty of other photographers. Apparently Silver is quite a big deal. Who knew? :)

The full gallery of winning images can be found here, with the Wedding category (where all 4 of my images were entered) here.

What was really important to me when selecting and processing images for the awards was that the image were true to me. Past winners of these awards have often been criticised for being overly photoshopped, and whilst I’m sure some tone mapping and heavy use of textures could have added some emphasis and drama to my images, I wanted to enter these awards with my photos being processed the same way that me – and our clients – like seeing them. Other than some sepia toning (which, I’ll be honest, isn’t entirely normal for us) these are almost as I delivered them.

The following were the medal winners. 3 out of 4 prints isn’t a bad ratio – next year, I’m going for the album category. Aiming high. :)


Silver (Kahiwa & Grant):

NZIPP Iris Awards Silver medal


Bronze (Matt & Kel):

NZIPP Iris Awards Bronze medal


Bronze (Leigh & Giles):

NZIPP Iris Awards Bronze medal

A big thank you must go out to Jenny & Larissa at FineLine Photography for their assistance in helping me choose suitable images, advice on processing & cropping my images, and finally working with me for the final printing & matting. I couldn’t have entered – let alone won these awards – without their help. Thank you!


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