Only two more hours till I jump on a plane down to Christchurch for the annual NZ Institute of Professional Photography "Infocus" conference, yay! I'm so excited as I missed out on going last year (when they had the legendary Sue Bryce presenting - dammit). I really love meeting up with everyone and putting faces to names, and generally having the chance to hang out with like-minded people who are happy to talk photography for hours on end. The conference proper starts on Sunday, and features presentations by some rockstars of the photography world, including Marcus Bell, Peter Coulson and New Zealand's very own Esther Bunning and Nicola Inglis. I know that yet again I will take embarrassingly copious notes, even though I already have shelves groaning with filled notebooks: it's the ex-journalist in me - I just can't help myself. And I know that yet again I will come away with new ideas and energy, not to mention new friends. Preceding the conference there are three days of print judging for the prestigious Epson/NZIPP Iris Awards. I'm missing today's judging, unfortunately, but will be there for the 9am start tomorrow, for the Classic Portrait category. The public are welcome to attend the print judging and it's an excellent opportunity to hear critiques of some amazing photographs, so if you're into photography come along to the Chateau on the Park and sit in for a bit. I'll be the one biting my nails in the corner - I've entered seven prints this year, and if I can score at least two more points (two Bronze awards or one Silver) I will become an Associate of the NZIPP! Every year I watch some awesome work go past unrewarded (and of course vice versa - sometimes some work that I really don't rate earns an award), so you just never know, which adds to the excitement. Not to mention that there could be an earthquake at any minute, but I've booked a nice low-rise motel, and the Chateau is still standing, so it must be alright.
One of my Silvers from last year. This photo of my beautiful daughter is very precious to me.