Steve Scalone APP M.Photog - 2016 AIPP Australian Professional Travel Photographer of the Year
The incredible pride I felt when I heard my name announced as the Australian Travel Photographer of the year was overwhelming. As I approached the stage to accept the award, I felt such honour to have had my prints judged by so many of my icons throughout the previous day's judging. To be amongst peers who I have so much admiration and respect for was incredibly special and will never be forgotten. Being recognised for a craft that can create and deliver so much passion within, I really am humbled and proud to call myself an Australian photographer.
Steve embarked on a professional career in a series of photographic commercial labs. He witnessed the beginnings of the digital camera revolution and embraced the change, becoming an Adobe Certified Expert. In the years since, Steve pursued the photographic form in both his artistic and commercial practices. He built and steered his own professional studio and discovered inspiration in passing on his skills to others. Along the way he's acquired numerous awards. Most recently being honoured with Epson Victorian Travel Photographer of the Year in 2016 three years running and the 2016 Australian Travel Photographer of the Year in Melbourne. His talent on the ground for inspiring his fellow photographers and nurturing his peers through education, as well as his continuing public advocacy for the arts, have led to him being honoured with the title of an ILFORD Master in 2013.