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NMIT wins major Australian Institute of Photography Awards

02 Jul 2010

Hard road to success brings Kobe's future into focus

The term 'photo opportunity' has a whole other meaning for NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) Diploma of Photoimaging student, Kobe Pallis.

In April Kobe won Student Portrait Photographer of the Year at the Victorian division of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) Awards including Winner of the Highest Scoring Student Portrait Print. Fellow student, Nina Williams, won Student Landscape Photographer of the Year.

Further success has now come at the Canon AIPP (Australian Institute of Photography) Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA). The Awards, held in June, are a national awards event organised by the Photo Imaging Council of Australia (PICA) attracting hundreds of professional and student entrants from Australia and New Zealand. This year's awards dinner was held at Melbourne's Crown Palladium.

Fourteen NMIT Diploma of Photoimaging students were awarded Canon AIPP APPA Gold, Silver or Silver Distinction Awards. Kobe picked up two Gold and one Silver award for her fine art and portrait prints - a brilliant achievement given that approximately 3000 prints were judged and only approximately 29 Gold awards were awarded.

To top it all off Kobe was also named 2010 Canon APPA Tertiary Student of the Year while NMIT was awarded Canon APPA Tertiary Institute of the Year at the same awards

“Many tertiary institutes and their students participate in these awards,” explains NMIT Photoimaging Program Coordinator, Alex Zattleman. “The exciting aspect is that their work is judged in several categories at the same standard as all the professional photographer's work. The judges do not know if the prints are student or professional work.”

Kobe is now well on her way to realising her dream of becoming a professional photographer but her journey has taken time and tested her resilience. Having overcome teenage bulimia, as well has becoming a parent at a young age with a son requiring specialist attention for autism and ADHD, Kobe has balanced parenting, study and employment in pursuit of her art and vocation. Her perseverance and talent is inspiring and she wants others to know how a TAFE qualification can provide access to a life-changing career pathway.

“Life before training as a photographer had consisted of remaining within the confines of my private self-imposed boundaries,” says Kobe. “I desperately wanted the confidence to break free but needed the drive photography gave me to 'just do it'.”

To read the full story of Kobe's journey go to

For more information about the 2010 Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards plus images of all winning Canon AIPP APPA winning categories go to

Photo Gallery: Photoimaging students win at 2010 Canon Australian Professional Photography Awards


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