Suellen snaps her way to success

HOBART photographer Suellen Cook has won Australia’s AIPP Professional Illustrative ‘Photographer of the Year’ award.

More than 400 of the country’s best professional photographers gathered in Melbourne recently for the Australian Professional Photography Awards, presented at the Plaza Ballroom.

Ms Cook took out the prestigious title for her photographs of mystical and whimsical scenery.

Ms Cook has a PhD in marine biology and worked as a research scientist and environmental consultant.

She recently left her full-time job to pursue her passion for photography.

“I have been an artist most of my life; my mother was an accomplished painter and my father a talented musical instrument maker,” Ms Cook said.

Ms Cook said winning the award was “amazing” and reinforced her position as an artist.

“To be awarded as the best in Australia, it’s really something special,” she said.

Ms Cook said she loved creating magical imagery and her dream would be to have her work displayed in galleries worldwide.

Ms Cook’s limited-edition, award-winning work is on display at Gallery Salamanca in Salamanca Place, Hobart.

“To have people buy my work and to have it hanging on their wall is really special,” Ms Cook said.

“My mantra for my work is making make-believe believable.”

Caption: Suellen Cook has won the Australia’s AIPP Professional Illustrative Photographer of the Year award for her whimsical creations. Photo credit: Suellen Cook.

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