Canon Australian Professional Illustrative Photographer of the Year

Holy Smokes people! 

Last weekend was the judging of the Australian Professional Photography Awards and I am so excited to have taken out the Illustrative category for this year. Its one of the hugest honors in Australian photography and I am so so grateful to have been up there with some of the best and brightest in the industry. 

The following is the images I won with:

Carl Sagan, from the 'We Could Have Moved Mountains' collection

Carl Sagan, from the 'We Could Have Moved Mountains' collection

Death Becomes Her,  from the Bludlines collection

Death Becomes Her,  from the Bludlines collection

Technologic from the 'We Could Have Moved Mountains' collection

Technologic from the 'We Could Have Moved Mountains' collection

Tribute #3 from The Arena collection

Tribute #3 from The Arena collection

Another HUGE shoutout goes to my South Australian friends and family who kicked some serious ass too. David Evans took out Highest Scoring Print with his stunning shot of two reindeer looking at each other across a lake, as well as won Australian Landscape Photographer of the year. What a dude! http://travelentropy.com/

Mark Zed took out Runner Up in the portrait category, Simone Hankel was runner up in Documentary and Simon Casson was runner up in Commercial. Not only that but my beatuiful friend Victoria Berekmeri was a finalist in the Creative catrgory. Well done guys!

During my speech I talked about the importance of buying art and supporting the people you love. Many people asked where they could buy my work, so first and foremost go to DelLaLiff gallery in Rundle Place here in South Australia. You can also buy from Etsy. Simply follow this link https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/geegreenslade - remember if a piece isn't there yet its entirely likely you can contact us and we will have one in stock somewhere.

It's nights like tonight I can't help but reflect on what an incredible 11 year career this has been, the highs, the lows and everything in between. This year has frankly been one of the most heartbreaking years in my career, from cancer scares, near death experiences, deaths of friends, the loss of my beautiful little retouching business to my own struggles in life. In all honesty this year has been a massive one of loss for so many people I know and so much in my own life. If there ever was a year I would have happily wrote off as "the nothing year" this would have been it. 

But apparently life is equally trying to throw a whole bunch of incredible stuff my way to counteract the hard bits, from being included in Flinders City Gallery's incredible Pnumbral Tales curated by Mark Kimber,  Winning the Illustrative and Portrait category as well as Highest Scoring Print and Professional Photographer of the Year at the South Australian professional photography awards and this, I'm pretty sure life is standing there yelling at me "DON'T GIVE UP YET GREENSLADE! YOU CAN DO THIS! BRACE YOURSELF! 2015 IS NOT OVER YET YOU WILL REMEMBER THIS SUCKER IF YOU LIKE IT OR NOT!"

I have a massive amount of people to thank and send love to. From the people who were there for me as a little girl, who believed in me when I said I needed help, right through to the people I have met this week and will forever have stuck in my head. 

I don't want to bore you all with the thanks but:

To those houses I stayed at when things were tough, to the friends who have been there for me, to those who buy my work,  to the judges, to the patrons, to those who have worked for me over the years, for those who I work with, for the students I teach, to the teachers who taught me, to the printers who have printed my work (Big shoutouts to Atkins Technicolour) to the people who have taken on the role of surrogate parents, to the people who supported me in making art, to the people who share my work, to DelLaLiff gallery, to every gallery whos shown my work, every magazine who published me, to Mark Trumble for starting it all and to my partner Nathan - especially Nathan...

THANKYOU from the bottom of my heart

Thanks for an incredible life and year.

Love and hugs
Gee Greenslade
xx