David Edmonson - 2016 AIPP Overseas Photographer of the Year
It's an unbelievable honor because I feel like our fellow AIPP members are like an extension of our family. The level of photography that comes from Australia is such high quality that I consider it to be the Gold Standard of creativity. This year it is particularly special to attend in person and see first-hand the quality of the organization. The entire judging process is very well run, and the caliber of craftsmanship is inspirational.
David Edmonson is called a “Master Photographer to Master Photographers” and with good reason. With a lifetime spent impacting the industry, the indelible impact David Edmonson leaves with clients, students and peers around the world is remarkable. No doubt, his signature style is unmistakable. But it’s his “Iron-Sharpens-Iron” philosophy that has fueled his art and professional success. A relentless pursuit of excellence through competition. Selfless mentorship. A hands-on benevolence with his passionate charities. Simply put, the “Edmonson Way” means that giving is a both a privilege and a path to self-improvement; for himself and those he encounters.
This past August, as a member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, David won the Overseas Photographer of the Year in the APPA competition for the 2nd year in a row. His son, photographer Luke Edmonson, previously won the International Photographer of the Year in 2014 making a total of 3 years in a row for winning this award for their studio. At the SWPP print competition in London in January of 2016, David gained multiple awards including the 20x16 Overall Winner with a perfect scoring print of 100. While there, both David & Luke successfully earned their Fellowships from the Societies with both panels passing unanimously.
Later in March, he received 1st Place in the Portrait Division Group category at the WPPI 16x20 Competition is Las Vegas. David is recognized as a Triple Master of WPPI and also the recipient of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award, the organizations highest honor. Professional Photographers of America recognizes David as Master of Photography (M. PHOTOG) and Photographic Craftsman (CR. PHOTOG) among other honored designations. He is a multi-year PPA Diamond Photographer of the Year, a three-time winner of both the Kodak Gallery Awards and Fuji Masterpiece Awards as well as the Canon Par Excellence Award. David is a member of the Cameracraftsman of America, one of the oldest, most prestigious groups in the world dedicated to advancing the profession of photography as an art form.
The Edmonson's are sought-after speakers and educators locally, nationally and abroad, teaching workshops to the up and coming aspiring photographer, to share their talent and know-how to help others hone their craft. They are print judges at various international print competitions and previously served as President of the Dallas Professional Photographers Association. It’s often said that Art Imitates Life. If you’ve ever seen the work of David Edmonson, this is clearly true: “Profound with dimensionality, ingrained with emotion and compelling in their beauty." …This is the Edmonson Way.