I cannot tell you how excited I was to receive the 2013 APPA Awards Book in the post the other day. The minute it arrived I curled up on the couch with my family and we spent many happy hours poring through the pages together. It’s that sort of book. Some of the images are dramatic, some funny, some magical, some heart-wrenching, but every single one is beautiful and inspiring.
This year’s edition is particularly special to me. In fact, I couldn’t wait to get my hands it. It’s not just the improved quality, although I am loving the thick pages and vivid colour. And it’s not the fact that, at 2.7kg, it looks very impressive on my coffee table. No, I have a more personal reason. Last September, I was awarded the Canon 2013 AIPP Australian Professional Family Photographer of the Year. This, and the subsequent privilege of having my work included in a book bursting at the seams with images from Australia’s best photographers, is the stuff of dreams.