In AIPP terms, a year is symbolic of the weeks, days and minutes that fall between the Australian Professional Photography Awards (the APPAs). To quote the great Bruce McAvaney, this past year for me has been "special". Very special.
There's been moments with Anna Meares and Marjorie Jackson-Nelson, accreditation with AFLW, SANFL, Hyundai A-League, W-League and Y-League, FFA Cup, Suncorp Super League Netball, Cricket ODI Series and more.
Just last week MMA sneaked into my APPA year. I got to press my cheek and lens against the netting of the Octagon within the William Magarey Room of the Adelaide Oval as I intimately photographed Mixed Martial Arts fighters pulverise each other. My knees and legs took no less than 5 days to recover from the position in which I contorted to capture what I needed.
Rewarding? Indescribably so.
As with any career, it is easy to measure worth by accolades and/or the monetary reward that is offered in return for the service or product provided. Here today, at the end of this APPA year, I await tomorrow to see if any gongs are awarded at AIPP APPA 2018. More importantly however, I look forward to the day that I know will come, when photography is more often than not factored into budgets, and the hours spent shooting and editing images is rewarded with payment rather than free tickets.
I draw more than ever on self belief and the quenching of artistic endeavour that this craft uniquely provides.
I love photography.
It's one of a very few things I can't get enough of. It is a never-ending and evolving field of study that even Masters will never conquer. As is there is no full stop to life, nor is there to the possibility of what can be achieved through photographic practice.
Gong or no gong in APPA 2018, here's to another very special year ahead photographing more incredible and special sporting talent.
And to fellow APPA entrants who await news of whether their work is deemed worthy of an award, I wish you the best of luck and always, always, continued learning.