Correctly titled the Epson SA AIPP Epson Professional Photography Awards or SAPPAs, this annual event is open to the public to see great South Australian and Northern Territiry photography judged.
The photographs are judged as prints in categories, one at a time over two days by a rotating panel of five judges. The work is presented in a darkened room with only the print illuminated to draw the attention of the room. The judges each score the print between 50 and 100. Any variation by a single judge from the average of more than 10 points requires discussion and rescoring. The room often becomes tense as a judge fights for something they see in a photograph that other judges do not see.
The categories that are judged are; Illustrative, Landscape, Travel, Documentary, Commercial, Wedding, Family, Portrait
The timing of each category can vary, but the judging needs to be over in two days. So some times it runs late.
The judging panels are always a mixture of highly awarded and or experienced local and interstate photographers, to provide an unbiased team. The entries are generally kept under wraps to ensure judges have not seen the work, the work is also presented anonymously and it must have been created in the past 2 years. It is difficult objectively judging a subjective thing, but this system is internationally recognised as the standard.
The result of the judging is category winners, for example the Wedding Photographer of the Year and from that an over all Epson SA Professional Photographer of the Year 2014.
So why miss this free event.....?
Link to SAPPA website, click here.
Cost: Free Where: Marden Senior College, Marden Rd, Marden SA (off Payneham Rd), click here for a map of the facitiltes at Marden. When: Sunday June 29th to Monday June 30th If you cannot a make it and wish to see the judging it will be live streamed, follow this link to the stream.
Expected category timing see the graphic below: