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.
As a direct result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis the following two 2020 workshops have unfortunately had to be delayed and rescheduled. Although these workshops and expeditions were still some months away, I have taken the pre-emptive decision to reschedule based on the continuing uncertainty surrounding international travel and personal safety of the participants. More information about each of these expeditions is available on my website at www.jholko.com/workshops. Registered participants have already been notified and will be contacted individually in writing again if any further changes are required. There is no cost increase to any of these workshops and all payment dates have also been extended in line with the delays.
Finland Wolves and Wolverines
Originally scheduled for October 2020; this workshop has now been rescheduled until October 2021. There are currently three places available before this workshop will be sold out.
Mongolia Snow Leopard
Originally scheduled for December 2020; this workshop has now been rescheduled until December 2021. There is one place available before this workshop will be sold out.