The winners and finalists of the AIPP 2020 Silver Lining Photography Awards have been announced, and as you would expect there is some breathtaking imagery among the winners and runners-up.
Among the absolute highlights is a shot of the Apollo 11 memorial statue at Kennedy Space Center, sat beneath a spacecraft launch, as Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins gaze up to see the vehicle soaring towards the moon.
Other highlights include a black female subject winning first place in the Portrait category, a great double exposure scooping the top spot in Abstract, and a brilliant fractured portrait using water drops that won the Isolation category – along with some all-round brilliant black and white photography.
The Silver Lining Awards was an initiative by the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) to keep its membership meaningfully engaged during the COVID-19 crisis, when restrictions meant that its regular print-based competitions could no longer be conducted.
“The idea was, quite literally, to create a ‘silver lining’ out of the current situation,” explained Tony Hewitt, Chair of the AIPP Awards Committee. “We wanted not only to give members a creative outlet at a time when many wouldn’t have much work, but also make the whole experience much more beneficial professionally for everybody who entered.
"At the same time, we wanted everybody to have a bit of fun. And it worked brilliantly; the response has been massive with 3,000 entries, from which we selected 300 semi-finalists and then 120 finalists, 10 in each of the 6 categories."
A $45,000 prize pool was raised, but the decision was made not to award a grand prize winner – rather, in the spirit of the competition, the winnings were evenly distributed among the first five winners in each category.
More information, and the full gallery of winners and finalists, can be found at the AIPP website. The first-place images in each category are as follows…
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