In December next year I will be leading a brand new small group expedition to Western Mongolia in winter to find and photograph the enigmatic Snow Leopard. Originally planned for December 2020, the expedition has been pushed back a year as a result of the ongoing COVID situation. Due to the initial interest I received after my Pallas Cat report the expedition is sold out. Some of us will also be partaking in a small group extension to find and photograph the Pallas Cat. If you were keen to photograph Snow Leopard in winter my drop me an email as there is already a waiting list on a possible future 2022 expedition. Photograph below courtesy my guide in Mongolia.
This isn’t the first time I am late with the photograph of the month; although this time it does seem a little embarrassing as I am in COVID lockdown here in Melbourne, Victoria at the moment and there really isn’t a good excuse for not being up to date! With that said, I have been up to my arm pits in both home renovations and AIPP Board work and I am sticking to those excuses….
The photograph of the month for July 2020 comes from my Mongolia expedition to photograph the Pallas cat in November of 2019 (Read the trip Report). This photograph, my favourite from my Pallas cat portfolio, also recently took out second place in the 2020 AIPP Silver Lining Awards Wild Category. It is perhaps not widely known, but Pallas Cat are preyed on by large birds of prey such as the Golden Eagle and as such they tend to hide themselves in rocky outcrops and tall grasses. The challenge with this particular image was in positioning myself in such a way that I could clearly see the cat through the grasses. I wanted to achieve symmetry by placing the cat dead centre of frame, but I also wanted to use the grasses to help frame the cat and add environmental context.
Last night saw the running of the awards presentation for the inaugural 2020 AIPP Australian Institute of Professional Photography Silver Lining Awards. Held via Zoom due to the ongoing COVID crisis the awards were a wonderful showcase of fantastic photography across the different categories. With four photographs in the finals of the Wild category I was hopeful that one of my photographs might get up for an award and was thrilled to receive both 2nd and 3rd place in the category. Congratulations to all the participants for a truly wonderful event.
A few days ago I received notification and blogged that the five photographs I entered into the inaugural 2020 AIPP Silver Lining Awards had all made the Semi-Finals. I am delighted to announce this evening that four of the five images I chose to enter have now moved onto the final round of judging. All the finalist photographs can be seen online HERE. With almost 3000 entries into the Silver Lining Awards, the Finalists represent the very top few percent of entries into the competition. The winners will be announced Thursday evening next week.