After the disqualification of 20 images submitted to state and national photography awards run by the Australian Institute Of Professional Photography (AIPP) over a period from 2015 to 2018, the Institute has announced new winners after re-adjustment of the affected points scores.

Melbourne-based photographer Lisa Saad was found to have breached the entry rules in the AIPP’s Victorian State Awards and the national Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPAs) after a complaint of alleged plagiarism was brought by Dutch architectural photographer Marcel van Balken. This particular image was submitted to the 2018 APPAs, but subsequent forensic investigations found that more images also contravened the AIPP’s rules regarding provable author originality.

After the investigation, the AIPP announced that, “The Institute finds that there has been an ongoing breach of rules over a number of years, which have not only now brought the AIPP into disrepute through no fault of the AIPP, but more importantly, adversely affected all those who might otherwise have been announced as winners or awardees at the time”.

The various recalculations have now be concluded and the redressed winners are as follows…

AIPP Victorian State Awards

* 2015 Victorian Commercial Photographer of the Year: Mercury Megaloudis.

* 2016 Victorian Commercial Photographer of the Year: Brian Randall.

* 2016 Victorian Illustrative Photographer of the Year: Rebecca Croft.

* 2016 Victorian Professional Photographer of the Year: Andrew Campbell.

* 2017 Victorian Illustrative Photographer of the Year: Rebecca Croft.

* 2017 Victorian Highest Scoring Print Award: Robyn Campbell.

* 2017 Victorian Epson Signature Worthy Award: Kristian Piccoli.

* 2017 Victorian Professional Photographer of the Year: James Harvie.

* 2018 Victorian Commercial Photographer of the Year: Steve Scalone.
 

AIPP National Awards

* 2015 Australian Commercial Photographer of the Year: Simon Casson.

*2016 Australian Commercial Photographer of the Year: Karen Alsop.

*2016 Australian Professional Photographer of the Year: Peter Rossi.

*2018 Australian Commercial Photographer of the Year: Geoff Comfort.

 

For more information about the Australian Institute Of Professional Photography, and the Australian Professional Photography Awards visit http://www.aipp.com.au