At the end of March, more than 100 of the most talented professional photographers from the Australian state of Victoria gathered for the AIPP Victoria Epson Photography Awards. The awards are run annually in every state by the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) – the country’s largest photographic membership body and represent the best of the best of professional photography in Australia.
Victoria is Australia’s most densely populated state, located in the southeastern part of the continent and home of the country’s second largest city, Melbourne.
A panel of experts anonymously assesses all category winners’ work to determine the overall winner. Innovation, content, creativity, technical excellence and impact are the key criteria when the images are reassessed.
Daily Mail’s column for women FEMAIL has selected the best shots from each category and the most emotional photographs recognized at this year’s ceremony.
Photographer Lacey Barratt made headlines in January after combining this photograph with a stunning written piece about the disconnection she felt after giving birth to her fourth biological baby, Lennox
This image was taken by Lacey Barratt, whose favorite part is the ‘quiet serenity and soaking in of your baby after the chaos of the labor and birth’
This stunning black and white collection from photographs taken by Tanya Minotti was given a silver award
Minotti frequently captures women giving birth, including this woman who chose to give birth in a birthing pool at home
Nicole Anderson, the author of this stunning image, was recognized as the 2017 AIPP VIC Family Photographer of the Year
The talented photographer shoots weddings, babies, kids, pets and families
Family photographer Jen Maunder snapped this candid photograph during a mentoring session
Melbourne-based photographer Vanessa Norriss describes herself as capturing ‘beautiful photographs of people in love. The connection. The characters. Honest moments. Delicious details’
Geelong-based photographer Tanja Rankin was able to capture this intimate moment between a father and his newborn
Jen Maunder captioned this image: ‘A family that eats together, stays together’
Luxestyle is a term coined by Jen Maunder that explains what her in-home photography sessions look and feel like – ‘They have the feel of a lifestyle session with the luxury look that Jen is renown for,’ she explains
Photographer Shireen Hammond, 41, from Melbourne, was able to capture this gorgeous moment between three siblings
Baby photographer Kathleen Vergara captured this adorable photograph on Australia Day
Edyta Palma who took this shot is now the 2017 AIPP VIC Newborn Photographer of the Year
‘Doing a newborn shoot when babies are still very young helps to get the sleepy curly images that parents adore,’ newborn photographer Deanna Mazzanti explains
In 2007, photographer Tanya Minotti became a certified doula
This sweet photo was taken by Gippsland photographer Leanne Curtis, who is considered one of Australia’s leading studio light newborn photographers
This photo was taken by Jacinta Dal Ben of babies Presley and Piper, who have just turned two, and was entered five minutes before the award deadline – it received silver
This little guy was captured by Katie Fiorillo, the newborn photographer of the year for 2016
Photographer Emma Scott ‘focuses completely on the baby capturing the tiniest of details so that these things can be remembered and cherished over time’