ASUKABOOK AMBASSADOR - PAUL HOELEN

Paul Hoelen

ASUKABOOK AMBASSADOR PAUL HOELEN WINS
2016 AIPP TASMANIAN EPSON PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Paul Hoelen has just been awarded the 2016 AIPP Tasmanian EPSON Professional Photographer of the Year for his striking series of aerial images (featured above) in addition to the 2016 AIPP Tasmanian Landscape Professional Photographer of the Year Award. He also came away with winning the Highest Scoring Print Award with a much coveted and rare Gold with Distinction for one of his extremely unique images.

Conducted by some of Australia's most recognised photographers, judging for the awards took place over 2 full days. Each image entered is critiqued in great detail by the esteemed judging panel flown in from around the country.

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  • PAUL HOELEN WINS TASMANIAN AIPP EPSON PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2015
  • PAUL HOELEN WINS TASMANIAN AIPP EPSON PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2015
  • PAUL HOELEN WINS TASMANIAN AIPP EPSON PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2015
  • PAUL HOELEN WINS TASMANIAN AIPP EPSON PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2015



In his latest Asukabook creation "Saline" Paul has collated a series of abstract aerial images that explore the visual characteristics of the unique Shark Bay World Heritage ecosystem in Western Australia. This area contains some of highest ocean salinity in the world and salt weaves through like a thread shaping all life and form...

The book is a Zen Layflat EXD hard cover design with magazine style lay flat pages, wrap around book jacket and matching slide-in case.

Click on this link if you'd like to read more about the project, view a wider selection of images and to make a potential purchase....

Asukabook Ambassador Paul Hoelen just received the title of Landscape Photographer of the Year at the Epson AIPP Professional Photography Awards held over the weekend in Hobart. This was his fourth win in the last five years and his winning submission of four images received an unprecedented four Gold Awards, including an extremely coveted Gold with Distinction Award. All of his images are taken from the air throughout various regions of West Australia that he meticulously researched for their potential abstract interpretations. One Gold image is the cover shot of his new Asukabook entitled "Saline" which is currently available on...(link). The other three images were taken for a concept book project entitled 'Red' as part of a collaborative project with his group 'The Light Collective'.

Born in New Zealand to a Dutch sailor and an American Nun, Paul has managed to put his many passports to good use before eventually choosing to base himself in the beautiful, wild island of Tasmania. He honed his photographic skills throughout an early career in Wilderness Therapy and still remains true to his love for the natural world. Self taught, travel hungry and with a penchant for adventure, Paul thrives on diversity and has since expanded his photographic repertoire into a much wider range of genres and can regularly be found at various corners of the globe shooting landscapes, event and band photography, art commissions, environmental portraiture, boutique weddings and commercial projects.

"I'm deeply motivated to grow both as an image maker, and as a person. Photography allows me to travel and explore the world, its people and how we live in it so easily, as it's such a portable and universal skillset. I love to use it to dissolve boundaries in culture and language, and to remind ourselves of the beauty and value within each other and of our natural world. What makes for powerful and meaningful imagery to me is when you can find or create a simple yet genuine sense of connection with people and place, or even a moment. I like to spend as much time as I can building trust, understanding and rapport with my subject as that's often where the true essence of your subject is revealed and that magical moment lies waiting..."

Paul has won numerous accolades and awards for his photography both nationally and internationally, including two times AIPP Tasmanian Professional Photographer of the Year, three times AIPP Tasmanian Landscape Photographer of the Year and two times Overseas Photographer of the Year in NZ. On an industry level he has been awarded AIPP Master of Photography and Fellow to Gold Bar of the NZIPP. He judges regularly at a state, national and international level, runs workshops and writes for many photographic magazines and publications. He exhibits regularly and his fine art work is currently represented by Source Photographica in both Australia and the USA.

Paul is very much of the affinity that 'do what you love, love what you do', and in his case, quite luckily he feels, photography fits the bill pretty well perfectly!

Awards


2015
NZIPP Overseas Photographer of the Year - Finalist
NZIPP Second Gold Bar to Fellow

Tasmanian AIPP Epson Professional Photographer of the Year 2015

2014
AIPP Honorary Award: Gold Bar to Master
NZIPP Overseas Photographer of the Year in NZ - winner
Head On Festival: Invite Only ‘Add On Exhibition’ Sydney
AIPP Tasmanian Professional Landscape Photographer of the Year – Runner Up

2013
Head On Festival: Exhibited Finalist – Landscape
NZIPP Overseas Photographer of the Year – Finalist
Honorary Award: Fellow of the NZIPP
AIPP Tasmanian Professional Photographer of the Year - Winner
AIPP Tasmanian Professional Landscape Photographer of the Year – Winner
AIPP TAS Highest Scoring Print Award – Gold with Distinction

2012
NZIPP Overseas Photographer of the Year – Winner
NZIPP Master of Photography
AIPP Master of Photography
AIPP Tasmanian Professional Photographer of the Year - Runner Up
AIPP Tasmanian Professional Landscape Photographer of the Year – Winner
Creative Asia Awards: 3rd place: Landscape
Top Emerging Photographers of the Year in Australia: Runner Up - Landscape

2011
AIPP Tasmanian Professional Photographer of the Year – Winner
AIPP Tasmanian Professional Landscape Photographer of the Year – Winner
AIPP Tasmanian Professional General Photographer of the Year – Winner
AIPP Tasmanian Professional Portrait Photographer of the Year – Runner Up
NZIPP Overseas Photographer of the Year – Finalist
International Loupe Awards – Top 10 Landscape

2010
APPA: Gold, Silver with Distinction and Two Silver Awards
ASWPP: The Edge Photo Imaging Photography Excellence Awards
Winner: Open Wedding Category in Australia

2009
APPA: Highest Scoring Print: Self Commissioned Category, Gold with Distinction
AIPP Tasmanian Professional Photographer of the Year: Highest Scoring Print

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