Sad face: The classic image that scored Adam Hourigan a silver APPA.
Sad face: The classic image that scored Adam Hourigan a silver APPA.

Photos capture judges' imagination

TO capture a moment that tells a story requires a special talent – and it’s one The Daily Examiner can claim of two of its photographers.

Snappers Adam Hourigan and Brendan Ray both received high accolades at the weekend’s Australian Professional Photography Awards, held at Melbourne’s Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Professional photographers from Australia and New Zealand compete across a number of categories by submitting four images, which are judged by a panel of their peers.

Hourigan, a Daily Examiner and wedding photographer for 15 years, received two silver awards in the Wedding Open category – totalling a score of between 80 and 84 out of 100 for each photograph.

Images regarded as “normal professional practice” scored between 70 and 75 – putting Hourigan’s photos a level higher than the usual.

“They’re looking for photos that go beyond professional practice – that are original, contemporary and show vision,” he explained.

One black-and-white image shows a happy couple on Southport’s busy esplanade, celebrating their nuptials while strangers wander past on their Saturday afternoon walks.

“They just walked into the frame when the groom picked the bride up,” Hourigan said. “It’s got a bit of intrigue about it, and it reflects where they were on their wedding day.”

The other photograph captured an unimpressed page boy before he walked down the aisle. Taken at a Lismore wedding, Hourigan said the youngster was “not happy” about what was about to happen.

“The bride’s trying to put him into position,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ray, a casual for The Examiner, was also awarded a silver for a photo in the Documentary category. The image captured a Gwydir Highway accident scene last year.



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