Q&A with Krystle Ricci, 3rd Place, Family Category, RISE International Photography Awards

Krystle Ricci is a photographer from Perth, Australia.  She won 3rd place in the Family Category, of the 2018 RISE International Photography Awards.  Her story of exploration through the awards and how watching awards has encouraged her to improve her craft on her lifelong journey.

Who or What Inspires you?

Music and poetry inspire me, as a kid I dreamed of being a singer. I love the emotion a song can evoke and I’m looking to emulate that in my work.

What is your “Why” for entering awards?

My work is very documenting influenced, I love to find the magic in the ordinary everyday. I shoot based on emotion rather than technique and I wanted to see if my style of photography could match up to more fine art images.

Share with us your Favourite Award Image

Let us know why its your favourite and what it is that makes you want to create images like this?

This was originally from a documentary series that had me named top 3 emerging documentary photographers by Capture magazine and has been exhibited at the Head On photo festival in Sydney. The series followed the bond between my chronically ill son and his dog. It’s such a raw moment and one of those split second shots, they are always my favourite because they can’t be emulated or manufactured.

What is the biggest lesson you have had from entering awards?

Learning correct technique. I found watching the live judging of not only my image but all contestants has helped me understand what judges are looking for and how I can improve in the future. There’s so much I have to learn and I love that photography is a lifelong journey.

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