Last week I found myself doing more standing than I had thought I would be. Well there was a fair amount of standing around before the dinner chatting to all the local journos and PR folks from various manufacturers on the last few months of events or future plans. There might or might not have been a ‘shirt-off’ between myself in a lime green shirt & spiderman in a red. I digress though. The standing I’m referring to in particular is the standing up from my seat to be honored with awards.
When it comes to awards of any kind (even competitions for that matter) I make a point of never dwelling on an eternal ‘what if’ of winning or placing. I’ll enter what I think is worthy & I carry on with my life. Being raised to never have an over inflated idea of self importance (thanks mom) I often feel that we do what we need to do -and do it well. That is all. So with that little round about story, it brings me to being genuinely surprised to have been honored with multiple awards in the evening.
Highly commended for Motorsport photography (my one and ONLY rally in my life -thanks Team Ford). Rally photography is very different in terms of pace & rhythm to my ‘usual’ work. However I loved every minute of the 2 day rally. Spending time behind the scenes with the guys. I ended up creating a small personal series on the rally drivers from that. I’ll make a post about it soon. In any case, I really do hope to get involved in rally a little more in the future. If any rally teams read this… call me (maybe). :)
That was followed by 1st place for Motoring Photography. This was for general work done throughout the year.
Then there was a new special photography award announced: The Carlie Norval Photograph of the year award. In memory of Carlie Norval who passed away from a stroke on the 1 June 2012. His passion for photography was known to all who met him & many tributes were done in his memory. This was given out for the most memorable photograph of the year. This award I received really hit a somber note with me last night & still today. What would be remembered of me if I passed away? Would my eating, sleeping, breathing photography & specially automotive photography make a difference after I’m gone? I have no idea. But it does bring us down with hard gravity that we need to do what we can while we’re around.
It was an evening of celebrations however & I’m not going to say I wasn’t excited about the last & final award: Automotive Photographer of the Year award. This was a massive honor to receive as the main award for the evening. I know I work extremely hard to improve my industry. If it’s required to go 1 mile, I’ll go 3 -because my name is attached to it. It feels amazing to receive a bit of recognition for that. Photography is a funny beast. It is the most selfless, yet most selfish career I can think of. You strive for self improvement & perfection in every possible way. You lose out on so much, yet receive so much. There are hours, days, weeks, months & years you work yourself to the bone marrow. Who is it for? For myself. For you. It’s a 2 sided coin. They go so hand in hand one can never stop. It’s my drug. Photography careers are for life.
An excerpt from the official press release about the evening:
Big prizes, Big winners
The highlight of the evening was however the announcement of the prestigious Motoring Journalist of the Year and Photographer of the Year titles.
Photographer, Seagram Pearce, scored his first win as Photographer of the Year in this prestigious competition subsequent to taking top honours in the Motoring Photography category and being commended in the Motorsport Photography category. “This photographer’s work is not only meticulously executed, but his sublime appreciation of light, often coupled with substantial movement, makes his images a pleasure to behold,” noted the judges. “A clear winner.”
Pearce also walked away with the inaugural Carlie Norval Photograph of the Year Award, presented to the photographer of the most memorable photograph of the year in honour of the late Carlie Norval, who passed away unexpectedly on June 1st this year. Pearce takes home a special trophy and certificate, as well as cash from the special prize fund.