If photos of pretty landscapes are your thing then you won’t mind that the Apache CLIP Award is over. On the other hand, if you’re swayed by the grittiness of reality you’ll be watching this space, particularly the exhibition space of the Perth Centre for Photography (PCP) for its next exciting instalment.
CLIP stands for Contemporary Landscapes in Photography and the criteria of the competition was to create original and stimulating pieces to challenge traditional landscapes. The Apache CLIP Award has received international acclaim for its new perspectives in landscape photography. It’s of no surprise then that patrons may recognise many European, Middle Eastern and Asian, as well Australian locations.
After her residency in Beijing, Sonia Payes immersed herself in the contradicting worlds of urban and natural landscapes. She studied the interrelationships between the environment and its people and as a result she captured this year’s winning photograph titled Ice Scape Series #13.
Out of 200 entries there were 30 finalists, including Josh Rampling, an ECU student who won the student prize and on first glance you might wonder if his work was intended for a painting competition. The judges were suitably impressed to award him $1000 and the following feedback, “This painting or diorama, supposedly represents their natural environment yet is eerily contrived and awkward – just like the bedraggled birds themselves.”
A personal favourite was by the talented Myles Nelson’s Evening in Hama; a collage of cars at varying times of the night all shot from a similar location. Jacqueline Warrick’s Fish Outta Water depicts a quaint European town with a huge fish statue plonked on top of a hill overlooking the township; a notion many can no doubt relate to.
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