Judges, Sponsors and Prizes
The judging in 2020 is on the digital images. The finalists/winners will be selected by an independent panel of three professional judges. The judging will commence on 17th August. Finalists will be notified by 4th September. *this date is anticipated. There may be a delay if any unexpected episodes occur.
Judges for 2020 are:
Animal photographer Alex Cearns crafts exquisite animal portraits that convey the intrinsic joy people find in animals. As Creative Director of Perth based Houndstooth Studio, she photographs around 1300 animals every year. Her clients include engaged pet lovers, leading corporate brands and around 40 Australian and international animal charities and conservation organisations.
Her images have been published extensively in worldwide media, books, magazines and ad campaigns. An undisputed leader in her niche, Alex is the recipient of more than 350 awards for her photography, business and philanthropy. She is a Master Photographer with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, and an Ambassador for Tamron, Profoto, BenQ, Studio Ninja, Ilford Imaging Australia, and Spider Camera Holster.
Deeply committed to the wellbeing of all creatures great and small, Alex is considered one of Australia’s most passionate champions and voices for animal rescue and wildlife conservation. Her advocacy and philanthropy were distinguished with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2019 from the Council for the Order of Australia for her service to the community through charitable organisations.
She has also been named ‘Australian of the Day’ and the ‘Best Canine Photographer in Australia’ twice. Alex is the published author of five books, with her next due for release in November 2020 with Harper Collins Australia. She regularly judges photography competitions of all levels throughout Australia.
Seng is a Perth-based photography educator who enjoys helping other photographers find their creative style and visual voice through workshops, events and mentoring. He has an extensive background in teaching, and enjoys traveling, so much so that he takes photographers on tours to share his love of these destinations. He is an accredited professional photographer with Associate standing with the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP). Seng is also involved in many community-based photography projects and events — including FotoFreo, CanTeen, Propel Youth Arts, and is much sought-after judge at photography exhibitions and competitions.
Seng is a member of the West Australian Photographic Judges Association (WAPJA) and was on the organising committee for the Fremantle International Portrait Prize 2017. He has won multiple photography awards in both the professional and creative arts arenas and recently won the Award for WA Documentary Professional Photographer of the Year in 2018, was a finalist in the WA Travel Professional Photographer of the Year Awards in both 2017, 2018 and 2019, and has been finalist in the Australian Photography Awards, International Photography Awards and Mono Awards.
Mark is a Commercial Photographer, specialising in Architecture and the Urban Environment.
He is the current West Australian Professional Photographer of the Year and an Accredited Judge with the West Australian Photographic Judges Association.
Internationally he was ranked in the Top 10 for Architectural Photography in 2019 and regularly speaks at Camera Clubs, Photographic Events as well as North Metro TAFE, where he donates his time to help students of photography.
Through sponsorship previous prizes have been cash and retail vouchers.
The prize pool for 2020 will be announced once confirmed.
Without sponsorship our event would not be possible and so your support and patronage of all our sponsors is very much appreciated.
The sponsors (with a link to their businesses) that were involved with Spring in the Hills 2019 included:
- City of Kalamunda
- Forrestfield and High Wycombe Community Bank (Bendigo Bank)
- Benchmark Consultants
- Camera House Midland
- Camera Electronic
- Fitzgerald Photo Imaging
- Nick Melodonis
- Team Digital
- The Framing Factory
- Gem Camera Club inc
Their generosity enabled fantastic prizes for the 2019 competition.