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Canon AIPP APPA awards on now!

judging-scheduleThe AIPP's national professional photography awards are up and running here in Sydney. If you have an interest in learning more about photography, this is an excellent opportunity. The judging process is very interesting, it involves five specialist photographers putting a score form 50 to 100, the average becomes the score. Any judge(s) that vary 5 points or more from the average get the opportunity to challenge the score. A variation of more than 10 is an automatic challenge.

The challenges are where the magic happens, so take the time over the next three days to immerse yourself in some of the best photography in Australia.

If you cannot be in Sydney for the event, it is being Live Streamed at the link below:

There are four judging rooms, so take your pick, check out the schedule here to determine what you want to watch!


APPA printing

APPA Deadline 2014The AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards entry deadline is 21st of August, 5pm, Eastern Time Zone. This is for the entry and upload of digital image files.

Mounted and matted prints need to be in NSW by the 29th of August at 5.00pm

This awards cycle we have reduced our production times to help you, we will be working long hours to see the work looks it's best. Our new awards production deadlines are:

  • August 18th for files needing manipulation.
  • August 22nd for files ready to print.
Email or call 08 8431 6755 to arrange the printing of your award image.
Fine tune your images for APPA

Andrew Harrison judging at the 2014 SAPPAs There's no time to put your feet up just yet. Straight off the back of the SA state awards and we're already gearing up for the 2014 Canon AIPP National Awards.

With on-line print entries closing on the 21st of August (print entries close 29th of August), now is your opportunity to receive invaluable feedback on a selection of your images.

Atkins Technicolour will be hosting the APPA Image and Print Feedback evening on Tuesday, 29th of July.

All prints from the exhibition will be returned and ready for collection on the same day. All print cases will be at Atkins in case you are wanting to include any of your SAPPA prints for feedback.

Digital files are also welcome - just bring along your USB on the evening.

Please note that we can only accommodate THREE (3) images per person (inclusive of a mixture of digital and print).

Only 20 booking spots will be made available so please get in quick and book for your feedback.

If you miss out on booking in, we would still encourage you to come along and bring your three chosen images. On the off-chance we get any 'no-shows', we will gladly take your images for feedback as numbers and time permit.

We will order pizza during the session so please bring along a $10 contribution if you would like to join in.

Apologies to our regional members who may not be able to attend as this will be an attendance based evening and will not be streamed.

Where: Atkins Technicolour When: Tuesday 29th of July 2014 Time: 6.30 to 9.30pm

To register, click here:

A Rare opportunity

AIPP SAPPA graphic If you love photography and are wanting to learn more, the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) are holding their state print awards.

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:

AIPP SAPPA 2014 judging schedule

Atkins at The Event

For the 5th consecutive year in a row, the AIPP brings together the most inspiring and thought provoking professionals in the industry at it's annual conference, The Event.

Speaker range from South Australia's own leading Birth Photographer Victoria Berekmeri to World Record Holding Extreme Sports Person Heather Swan.

Along with the sessions and workshops, there is an excellent tradeshow.

Our Karen Horne will be representing Atkins at booth number 27. Call in to see our latest products and have a chat.

The 2014 Event is being held on the Gold Coast his month, and there are still positions available if you wish to attend.

Link to The Event 2014.

SAPPA 2014 printing
Judging at the 2011 SAPPAs
Judging at the 2011 SAPPAs

The 2014 Epson SA Professional Photographic awards are coming up this June. Because of this earlier-than-usual date, we are concerned that there will be enough time to produce your entries.

Our fine art department are making times available on Tuesdays and Thursdays if you want to meet with David or Miriam as a part of the preparation. There is a cost associated with these consults and testing, so please be prepared.

This year, instead of our normal 4 for the price of 3 special, we are offering the linear meter rate for any order of five or more prints sized at 400x500mm, this can be a better saving.

Please email our counter crew to book in your time because the slots are filling up, and more time allows for a better entry. Ideally we need 10 days for production. Below are a summary of the print requirements, please note, some requirements have changed.

>Contemporary Photographic Art category (CPA) entries are being hung June 13th at the Light Gallery and judged on June 14th, and will require labels and an artist statement without your name on it to hang for judging, and a version with your name for the month-long exhibition.

 Therefore your CPA entry needs to be in production by May 29th, so your meeting with the fine art department needs to be finalised before May 29th.

 >Entries for all other SAPPA categories must be delivered for judging by June 27th.

Therefore your SAPPA entry needs to be in production by June 13th, so your meeting with the fine art department needs to be finalised before June 13th.

>Overall size must be 400x500mm, not 16x20inches.

>Minimum image size is now 260mm on the longest edge, this does not include a border printed or otherwise, this is image only. This used to be 10inches.

>Thickness of print matting and mounting can be no more than 6mm. CPA category entries can be thicker, the rules will explain.

>SAPPA lighting is harsh, and prints need to be darker than usual, we have the lighting to test under and can adjust for this.

APPA winners!

We are so thrilled that Victoria Berekmeri (Adelaide Birth Photographer) won the Documentary category at the 2013 Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA). It is a fantastic result from one of the newest genres of photography. Victoria has made all SA photographers proud. Following Victoria's win is the astounding win by Ky Luu (BeCaptured) in the wedding category. Aside from the Portrait category, Wedding is the most hotly contested, and for Ky to take the big prize is just wonderful.

Hilary Hann was runner up for Illustrative, Naomi Bubner (Reminisce Photography) for Family and Liam West (Lightly Salted) received highest scoring print the Advertising category!

Atkins are honoured to have printed for both Ky and Victoria.

Others received their Masters and Associateships, a full wrap up will follow when everyone sobers up!

The awards were presented at a gala dinner in Melbourne on the 17th of September. Atkins sponsored the Family Category, which was won by Robyn Geering of ACT.

How great is our state?

AIPPPaul AtkinsComment

AIPP CPA SALAAll are welcome to the SA Living Artists exhibition of the entries in this years Contemporary Photographic Art category at the SA Professional Photography Awards - at the Light Gallery from 2 August to the end of August. Details on this flyer.

SAPPA Judging Schedule

SAPPA-NorwoodHotel-2012This weekend sees the beginning of the Epson SA AIPP professional photography awards. Anyone can come along at anytime to witness this fantastic process. The judging at the Norwood Function Centre (not the CPA category) will be streamed live, and details of the url will follow on the weekendHere is the schedule as it stands: Saturday:

Contemporary Photographic Art, Gallery judging.

Dunstan Hall, Norwood Primary School, Judging 2pm-5pm Saturday 6th July


Contemporary Photographic Art, Individual Print Scoring:

Norwood Hotel Function Centre, Judging 9:30am-10:30am Sunday 7th July


Norwood Hotel Function Centre, Judging 10:30am-12:30pm


Norwood Hotel Function Centre, Judging from 1:30pm-3pm


Norwood Hotel Function Centre, Judging from 3-3:30pm



Norwood Hotel Function Centre, Judging from 9am-10:30am


Norwood Hotel Function Centre, Judging from 11am-12:30pm


Norwood Hotel Function Centre, Judging from 1pm-3:30pm



Norwood Hotel Function Centre, Judging from 9am-1pm


Norwood Hotel Function Centre, Judging from 1:30pm-5:30pm


The Event is up and running.

Atkins Stand at The Event 2013Come and visit our stand at The Nikon AIPP Event in Tasmania to see our latest wares. Karen Horne is looking after our stand, and a cut out of Paul is there to keep her company. The most creative photo of you with Paul put on the Atkins Facebook wall will win $500!

Click here to find out more about the Nikon AIPP Event.

The Nikon AIPP Event this weekend

TheEvent2013In Hobart Tasmania the AIPP are holding their annual national conference starting this Sunday. Atkins has a stand in the trade hall, pop by to say hi to Karen whilst you indulge in this fantastic four day event. The AIPP Nikon Event is Australia's largest photographic conference, with the photography community gathering from all corners of the country for the 4th consecutive year running. The 4 day Event will be held in Hobart from the 16th - 19th June 2013. The Event is run by photographers for photographers to foster the growth of the photographic industry, and is packed with keynote speakers, interactive workshops, networking opportunities, social events and a sponsor expo.

2013 will deliver some of the worlds best, most accomplished and inspiring photographers who will share their expertise, insights, stories and inspire you no matter what stage of your photography career.

Topics covered will include;

Photojournalism Regional/Rural Studio,Advertising, Client Relationships, Wedding Commercial, Photoshop CS6, Lighting, Posing, Post production, Landscape, Legal, Marketing/Sales, Colour Management, HDSLR Audio, Publishing, Editorial, Fine Art. Date: June 16-19th 2013 Venue: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart Cost: AIPP Members: $250-$950, Students: $180-$720, Non Members: $350-$1400 More information, click here

Booking, click here


Photographic awards special pricing

SAPPA-NorwoodHotel-2012We are offering a buy 3 get the fourth free for entries in this year's SAPPAs and APPA's (Epson SA AIPP professional photography awards and Canon AIPP Professional Photography Awards) Conditions to receive the special offer:

  1. You purchase 3 prints mounted and matted to 16x20inch and we give you the fourth for free.
  2. You must request the "SAPPA special" when sending the work to AtkinsTechnicolour.
  3. Includes all papers and surfaces, foamcor mounting and single matt cutting for SAPPA entries.
  4. Fourth print must be of equal or lesser value than the other three.
  5. We need 2 weeks to produce the prints, matts and mounts.
  6. Files delivered to AtkinsTechnicolour on time must be print ready and tested.
  7. Special does not include testing, artwork or adjustment.

Contact the lab if you want to take advantage of this opportunity. We have printed for state and national category winners in previous years and have a huge range of papers and matting options.

Phone: 08 8431 6755 Email:

Products and Pricing seminar.

AIPP product and pricingFor portrait, wedding and family photographers, deciding what products to offer clients can be hard.  Then you have decide what to charge! Come and listen to 3 successful SA photographers share their approach to these key questions: Simone Hanckel, Mark Trumble and Glen Dealtry. When: Tuesday 16th April 2013 | 10.00am - 2.00pm Where: The Edinburgh Hotel & Cellars, 7 High Street, Mitcham, 5062 Cost: Members $45, Non-members $70 | Price includes morning tea and lunch.

Click here for registration and more details.