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Work wins three silver awards

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April 10, 2017

Tanya Minotti with one of her photographs that won a silver award at the Victorian Professional Photographer Awards last month.

A Shepparton photographer has been awarded three silver awards for images she submitted to the Victorian Professional Photographer Awards last month.

Tanya Minotti has been photographing births and newborns for three years.

This is the second time she has entered the awards, but the first time her images have been received recognition.

‘‘Last year a lot of people told me to enter just for the experience; I went along for the judging and it was amazing,’’ she said.

‘‘I had no idea what to enter or what to expect, but when I saw the judging, I knew I wouldn’t get any awards.’’

This year, Ms Minotti approached professional photographers she knew for their advice on which images to submit.

In the end she settled on five images, including four images of newborns and a collage of a birth where the child did not live for long.

‘‘It was a bit daunting again, I’m still an emerging photographer with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography,’’ Ms Minotti said.

Her images were critiqued and scored by a panel of five judges, with three earning silver awards.

‘‘Anything under 80 is not award range,’’ Ms Minotti said.

‘‘If it’s between 70-80 it’s considered professional practice, if it’s between 80 and 85 it’s silver.’’

Awards continue upwards from silver to silver distinction, gold and gold distinction.

Ms Minotti’s silver awards mean she is eligible to enter the national awards.

‘‘I’m definitely proud of what I’ve achieved because it’s really easy to question yourself,’’ she said.

‘‘Being creative is what I love doing.’’

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