She first entered awards in 1992, winning a silver, a highest scoring print and Emerging South Australia Photographer of the Year Award at the 1992 South Australian Professional Photography Awards. This print went on to win silver at the National Australian Professional photography Awards and was included in the top 5% of the Professional Photographers of America ending up in their Loan collection in 1993.
She gained her Associate with the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photographers) in 1993, but didn’t receive her masters until 2015. She has had a long love hate relationship with the award system but you can read about that HERE.
She judges and regularly chairs the AIPP state and national awards and has done for many years.
In the early 1990’s Melissa and a friend worked out a way to transfer colour photo copies to art paper and completely bamboozled the judges. This is nothing unusual in today’s digital era but it was really out of the box thinking back then. Looking for the winning formula has been a passion ever since.
Among Melissa’s accolades are South Australian Portrait Photographer of the year in 2009 and South Australian Family Photographer of the Year in 2010. She has also come runner up on many occasions for these and other state categories.
Melissa is still shooting and entering awards, but her passion now is helping others to achieve similar success. She believes she now knows the secret to winning!! And it might not be the winning you are expecting![/text_block]
Fast forward to 1996 and Carol started her photography career in the automotive industry at local car shows and drag racing events. Carols professional work graced the covers of all the major automotive magazines in Australia, USA and the UK.
Having entered the awards process in Australia a number of times, and walking away with a few awards for her efforts, Carol decided to leave it at that!
Having focused on the business side of the photography industry for many years now, she is here to help those in the business realm and also the technical support for the community for this program.[/text_block]