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APPAs: Pet photographer talks fluent dog

Melbourne photographer Belinda Richards, from Frog Dog Studios, was named 2019 Australian Pet/Animal Photographer of the Year at the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) Awards.

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Pic by Belinda Richards, 2019 Australian Pet/Animal Photographer of the Year.

Belinda said it is an honour to be recognised in such a large and talented field of photographers, with 1647 entries submitted into the awards.

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Pic by Belinda Richards, 2019 Australian Pet/Animal Photographer of the Year.

Her winning photographs featuring dogs in humorous and humanlike poses, were awarded two golds, one silver distinction and a silver.

‘I think my biggest strength in my work is connection,’ said Belinda. ‘Having worked with animals for most of my working life, I feel like my second language is “dog”.

‘I can intuitively see what the dog is going to do next, which allows me to capture the perfect moment which becomes the basis of my digital composites,’ said Belinda.

Recent accolades include the 2019 Nikon NZIPP International Photographer of the Year, 2019 Epson AIPP Victorian Pet/Animal Photographer of the Year and the 2018 AIPP Australian Emerging Photographer of the Year.

‘The awards are such a great way to push yourself creatively and give you an idea of where you sit in the industry.

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Pic by Belinda Richards, 2019 Australian Pet/Animal Photographer of the Year.

‘It is a daunting and at times quite stressful, but is one of the most incredible and rewarding things to be a part of.

‘We are lucky as photographers to be a part of such a wonderful and supportive community,’ she said.

The AIPP advocates for excellence in imaging, promotes education and community and is the membership organisation of choice for professional and aspiring image makers.

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