Every year the NZIPP (The New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography) holds a photographic competition that sweeps the country called The Iris Awards, and every year I search my library for images to enter. I judge myself quite harshly I’ve found, as each year I hold no hope for my entries winning a medal and each year I am surprised. I’ve spoken before of my feelings for these types of competitions, of how I cannot fathom the criteria or reasoning for the awarded scores. I won’t go in to that again since I had a pretty decent rant here. The main thing is that I did very well this year and I’m quite happy with the results. Thanks goes to everyone who helped create these images and who have supported me over the years! View more of the entries on the NZIPP Website.
Shooting with Li Feng Yang was truly inspiring, the man knows how to wear a speedo! Not just that but his ability on the diving board boggled the mind. Spins, turns, twists all at the same time? I felt motion sickness rising as he climbed the ladder for the tenth time to perform the same flawless act of agility. Did I try the board myself after Li had left? Why yes I did. Being the fool hardy thrill seeker I am I took a dive off the platform. It was a perfect 10 right until I started my run up. Can you get a minus score in diving? Many thanks to Wellington High Performance Aquatics for organising the location, Li for being himself, and my assistants Andy and Pauline for staying dry.