Royal Perth Hospital photographer wins AIPP national portrait prize

Pietr by Steve Wise.
Pietr by Steve Wise.

GREENWOOD photographer Steve Wise (44) has won the portrait photographer of the year title in the Australian Institute of Professional Photography’s (AIPP) annual awards.

More than 400 of the country’s best professional photographers gathered in Melbourne for the AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards.

Mr Wise won the portrait category with four of his creative photographs, and his highest scoring image featured antique medical apparatus.

He works three days a week as a medical photographer at Royal Perth Hospital, documenting patients and procedures for medical record and educational purposes.

Monique by Steve Wise.

A typical week could see him shooting a beautiful bride on location one day, and in theatre scrubs covering transplant surgery the next.

“I’ve been in heart transplant operations and I’ve seen kidney transplants between family members,” he said.

“It’s very different to shooting brides on the weekends.”

Mr Wise finds much of his inspiration by scouring the hospital’s museum of historical medical apparatus.

Scotty by Steve Wise.

“We have three to four rooms full of hospital paraphernalia that triggers all sorts of ideas,” he said.

“I’ve come to know the ladies from the museum over a number of years and they let me run amok in there.”

Mr Wise said medical photography was a relatively unknown profession but was a specialised role needed within hospitals for accurate clinical photographic documentation as well as general photography throughout the hospital.

Anton by Steve Wise.

“I’ve been a medical photographer for the past eight years and it certainly keeps me on my toes,” he said

Mr Wise previously won the portrait professional photographer award in the 2016, 2014 and 2012 WA awards and won the 2015 Fremantle International Portrait Prize.