What an amazing night at the WISPAA 2022 (Women in sport photo action awards), hosted by ISPT at Foy’s Arcade, honouring the best amateur and professional sports photographers in Australia.
All the powerful, determined women in the photos are role models to their family, their team, and their community. The energy captured in the images on display, also help to inspire other women and girls to put down their devices, to get off the couch, and be more active.
We enjoyed an exhibition format where our guests could see the last four years of finalists’ photos blown up larger than they have ever seen on our screens. The impact, strength, perseverance and beauty evoked from each and every image was astonishing to experience, and the story behind each shot enhanced these emotions within us all.
We were fortunate to have, as master of ceremonies, four time winter olympian, Brit Cox. This was a wonderful addition to the night, and a great opportunity for our guests to meet an elite winter Olympic athlete, fresh from her campaign in Beijing.
The event welcomed an array of special guests from a range of diverse organisations, such as The Office For Women In Sport, Champions Of Change Coalition, and News Corp.
The presentation ceremony hosted by Women in Sport president, Gen Dohrmann, was a success, and a real celebration of the sacrifice and achievements from both the photographers and athletes alike. The event was a triumph for art, sport and equality, featuring the best examples from professional and amature photographers, which was a wonderful experience to be a part of.
As the night unfolded, the winners shared stories of inspiration, and what they needed to do, to obtain that perfect shot, being in the right place at the right time, was the overall theme of the night, with a strong focus on skill, expertise and, in some cases, luck, to produce such an amazing array of phenomenal photographic prowess.
The Foy’s team are so grateful to finally be apart of this event, which has been more than two years in the making, setbacks to have an in-person event throughout repeated lockdowns in Melbourne pushed WISPAA online until now…and it was worth the wait! We can’t wait to see more inspiring photos next year.
Thanks Kit Edwards for the fabulous photography throughout the night.