For the past few years I’ve entered the Open House Melbourne photography competition, and the past two years I was fortunate enough to win the Series category. This year I was hoping to make it three years in a row, with a series of photos of the new Architecture Building at The University of Melbourne. Instead I was awarded Highly Commended, breaking the streak.
I was however delighted to win the Interior category with a photo of the State Chair in the Ballroom at Government House, and a second Highly Commended, for another shot of the Architecture Building. My best result so far in the competition, so I’m happy with that, especially considering the number of entrants. And carefully using a tripod for the Architecture Building shots, I shot Government House handheld.
For a prize I received a gift certificate to Architext, a bookshop associated with the Australian Institute of Architects. I chose Beautiful Ugly: The Architectural Photography of John Gollings by Joe Rollo. Gollings has a very similar style of photography to me and uses identical gear, though his nearly half a century of experience working in the industry is something I continue to learn from.