What Happened in Victoria? Back in March 2017, Michael Teo was awarded the PPY in Victoria, so what has happened to change the result? Peter Eastway explains. Challenging situations are what define us as
And given the photos were so different, it
people, whether in business or in our personal
didn’t click with Michael that technically it was
lives. And credit must be given to Michael
the ‘same subject’ and in breach of our rules.
Teo who returned his award as the 2017 AIPP
Victorian Epson Professional Photographer of
and in the other, she was nude with some
the Year with humility and an apology.
rope and a snake. The concept, attire, makeup,
So what happened?
pose, expression, lighting, camera technique,
After all the announcements and fanfare had
composition and post-processing were
“In one, she was dressed to go to a party,
died down, a few weeks later Michael was asked
completely different in both images.”
if two of his photographs included the same
the intent of the rule which is to create four
In many ways, Michael had complied with
content diverse images – and maybe the rule
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needs to be modified in the future.
Under the rules of entry, “No two images
entered are to contain the same subject. The
are rules and if he had breached them, then he
intent of the awards is to produce four unique,
certainly didn’t wish to retain his awards - and
content diverse images.”
hence the comment at the beginning of the
article about challenging situations.
All entries to APPA and the Epson State Print
However, as Michael acknowledged, rules
Awards are reviewed before judging to check
the rules are complied with. The fact that two
understand how he must feel. But also put
of his photos contained the same model wasn’t
yourself in the Awards Team’s shoes who are
picked up during the pre-juding process as the
charged with administering the rules. No one is
similarity wasn’t at all obvious.
a winner in this situation.
The model had completely different attire
Put yourself in Michael’s shoes and
However, it is a lesson for all of us. Please
and make-up, so it would be challenging for
read the rules carefully! If you breach them, then
anyone to know it was the same person.
the result may be disqualification.