Australian Institute of Professional Photography Donates $20,000 to Legacy and RSL
Sydney, Australia, 26th August 2019
The Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) donated two cheques of $10,000 each, to the Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL) and Legacy Australia, two weeks ago.
The donation was a result of the Reflections Project, a national AIPP initiative that spanned two years and involved over 400 photographers who photographed Australia’s remaining WWII veterans.
Louise Bagger 51, of Adelaide was the National co-ordinator for the project and says the Reflections Project was the largest co-ordinated photographic project the institute had ever undertaken.
“Around 400 AIPP members were involved in the project and photographed 6,500 of the remaining WWII veterans.
Each veteran was gifted a commemorative print of their portrait, however many families wanted to purchase additional photographs.
The profits from these sales were committed for Legacy Australia and the RSL Foundation.
“The AIPP were immensely proud to donate cheques of $10,000 each to the RSL and Legacy Australia”, Ms Bagger said.
Scott Warr, CEO of Legacy Australia says the donation will go toward the care and support of our Legacy beneficiaries around Australia.
“To honour our WWII Veterans was a hugely important and successful endeavour and one Legacy would like to thank the AIPP for taking up the challenge and completing it” Mr Warr said.
Ray James, President of RSL New South Wales, says the donation is very much appreciated.
“The goodwill of the AIPP is welcomed, and this money will be put to good use”, Mr James said.
Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian war Memorial and Patron of the Reflections Project says every member who gave of their professional expertise to the Reflections project has made a difference.
“In photographing members of the greatest generation as they leave us, you have made a difference to them, their belief in themselves and their worth,” Dr Nelson said.
The Reflections Project resulted in a digital display of WWII veterans at the Australian War Memorial and the creation of a two-volume photographic book for the National Library of Australia.
On the 25th of April 2015, the AIPP embarked on ‘The Reflections Project – Honouring our WWII Veterans’. The mission was to capture a portrait of surviving WWII veterans living in Australia and produce a portrait book to be gifted to the Nation.
In the following two years, and with the help of 400 AIPP members, the AIPP photographed just over 6,500 portraits. AIPP members throughout Australia donated their time and skill to capture as many veterans as possible. Included in this collection are the men and women of our Australian, New Zealand and Allied Forces.
On the 17th of August 2017, the entire digital collection was donated to the Australian War Memorial; this collection is proudly displayed in a permanent looping slideshow in their WWII Galleries.
On the 7th of November 2018, two volumes of The Reflections Project Portrait Book were gifted to the National Library of Australia in Canberra.
Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial and Patron of the Reflections Project presented the books to the National Library in the presence of some of Australia’s WWII veterans.
About the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP)
The AIPP is Australia’s leading professional photography membership body. Founded in 1963, the AIPP is a not-for-profit organisation run voluntarily for and by professional photographers and industry representatives, who seek to set a standard of excellence within the photographic industry.
The AIPP strives to promote and maintain the highest standards of professional competence and business ethics in the industry. Together with a binding Code of Professional Practice for members, as well as providing ongoing education via seminars, workshops and events, the AIPP is a brand of trust in the photographic industry. AIPP Committees represent members on important issues such as copyright, taxation, legal and business matters; insurance; digital imaging and work practices.