Fraser Coast professional photographer Robyn Finlayson wins another five awards for her photographs of Fraser Island; and (inset) The Edge, for which she received a Bronze International Aperture Award.
Fraser Coast professional photographer Robyn Finlayson wins another five awards for her photographs of Fraser Island; and (inset) The Edge, for which she received a Bronze International Aperture Award. Alistair Brightman

Finlayson captures five awards

HUMBLE Robyn Finlayson continues to sweep the photographic industry of awards, capping off 2009 with another five on her resume.

The Hervey Bay professional photographer was honoured with two silver and three bronze awards from the 2009 International Aperture Awards which claims to be the “world’s most prestigious international online photography competition”.

Ms Finlayson, who exhibits her pieces at her Fraser Island Gallery at Urangan, said she was excited when she found out.

“I was hoping for something,” she admitted, although she was not expecting every entry to be successful.

When she first entered the competition in 2008 she submitted four photographs and won a silver and a bronze. Last year however she entered five and received five awards.

Four of those entries fell under the Open Awards Landscape category while a bronze was awarded under the Science and Nature section.

Ms Finlayson found out about her latest achievement via email mid-December.

“It’s not quite as exciting as other awards where you watch your photographs being judged but it’s still an achievement.”

The International Aperture Awards were judged by peers which made the recognition that more special, said Ms Finlayson.

Last year those peers included head judge and Australian photography magazine publisher Peter Eastway, three-time Australian Institute of Professional Photography’s wedding photographer of the year Rocco Ancora and Australian Commercial and Media Photographers’ director Rob Anderson.

Ms Finlayson was ranked 50th in the landscape category for Valley of Shadows, for which she was awarded a silver medal.

It was the same alluring photograph taken at Sandy Cape on Fraser Island, for which Ms Finlayson received a silver distinction in the 2009 Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards held in Sydney in June.

One of her bronze awards was for the soon-to-be-released Cascade, also captured at Sandy Cape and which also nabbed a silver at APPA.

IAA was open to all professional and amateur photographers with a total cash and prize pool of $US88,000.



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