I joined the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers this year as a General Member as I was keen to participate in their awards system and also to add to my learning about photography. Due to COVID-19, all of their competitions have been cancelled this year so they have generated the "silver lining awards" in their place. I entered four images in the portrait section of the "Newcomer" section and two of my images were announced as semi-finalists. Since then, "The Schoolmistress" has been announced as a finalist with the placings being announced on July 30th. It's a big achievement for me given that this is my first time in but as always there is more work to be done.