The Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) has named advertising photographer, Lisa Saad, as Australia’s top professional photographer for 2016.


 Images from Lisa Saad’s winning portfolio. (Source: AIPP.)

The announcement was made during this year’s Australian Professional Photography Awards, which were presented at a gala dinner at the Pullman Albert Park hotel in Melbourne last night.

The APPAs are the largest awards for professional print photography in Australia and one of the largest in the world. It is the only professional photography awards in the country that require physical prints to be submitted for judging.

The 2016 awards were peer-judged anonymously over three days by some of Australia’s most recognised photographers including Jerry Ghionis, Peter Eastway, Peter Rossi and Charmaine Heyer.

Apart from being crowned Australia’s Professional Photographer of the Year, Ms Saad has also walked away with the title of Australia’s Professional Advertising Photographer of the Year, receiving $20,000 of cash and prizes.

All category winners walked away with $1,000 in cash each. Winners in each of this year’s award categories are:

  • 2016 AIPP Australian Advertising Photographer of the Year ““ Lisa Saad, Richmond, VIC
  • 2016 AIPP Australian Alternate Process Photographer of the Year ““ John Ansell, Traralgon, VIC
  • 2016 AIPP Australian Birth Photographer of the Year ““ Selena Rollason, Stafford Heights, QLD
  • 2016 AIPP Australian Newborn Photographer of the Year ““ Natalie Howe, Glenmore Park, NSW
  • 2016 AIPP Australian Fashion Photographer of the Year ““ Jerry Ghionis, Docklands, VIC
  • 2016 AIPP Australian Commercial Photographer of the Year ““ Jacqui Dean, Epping, NSW
  • 2016 AIPP Australian Sport Photographer of the Year ““ Delly Carr, Frenchs Forest, NSW
  • 2016 AIPP Australian Travel Photographer of the Year ““ Steve Scalone, Ivanhoe, VIC
  • 2016 AIPP Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year ““ Jannick Clausen, Mount Cotton, QLD
  • 2016 AIPP Australian Science, Wildlife and Wild Places Photographer of the Year ““ Andrew Campbell, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2016 AIPP Australian Documentary Photographer of the Year ““ Peter Blakeman, Wahroonga, NSW
  • 2016 AIPP Australian Illustrative Photographer of the Year ““ Gee Greenslade, Ridleyton, SA
  • 2016 AIPP Australian Portrait Photographer of the Year ““ Peter Rossi, Cairns, QLD
  • 2016 AIPP Australian Pet / Animal Photographer of the Year ““ Ken Drake, Auchenflower, QLD
  • 2016 AIPP Australian Family Photographer of the Year ““ Shireen Hammond, Templestowe, VIC
  • 2016 AIPP Australian Wedding Photographer of the Year ““ Dan O’Day, Canberra, ACT
  • 2016 AIPP Australian Creative Photographer of the Year ““ Charmaine Heyer, Cairns, QLD
  • 2016 AIPP Australian Album of the Year Award ““ Jerry Ghionis, Docklands, VIC
  • 2016 AIPP Australian Photography Book Award ““ Sam Harris, Balingup, WA
  • 2016 AIPP Australian Student Photographer of the Year ““ Tayla Nuss-Soeharto, VIC
  • 2016 AIPP Australian Emerging Photographer of the Year ““ Angie Connell, VIC
  • 2016 AIPP Overseas Photographer of the Year ““ David Edmonson, Texas, USA
  • 2016 AIPP Australian Tertiary Photography Institution of the Year ““ Photography Studies College
  • 2016 AIPP Australian Highest Scoring Image Award ““ Peter Rossi, Cairns, QLD
  • 2016 AIPP Australian Professional Wedding Video Producer of the Year ““ Abraham Joffe, NSW
  • 2016 AIPP Australian Professional Corporate Video Producer of the Year ““ Susanto Widjaja
  • 2016 AIPP Australian Professional Documentary Video Producer of the Year – Abraham Joffe, NSW

See more information about the awards on the APPA website.

[Photo Review Magazine profiled Lisa Saad in the April-May 2002 issue way back in our first year of publication.]