In 2018, West Australian photographer, Leah Kennedy has been named overall winner of Capture magazine's annual competition, Australasia's Top Emerging Photographers. Having won the Landscape category, 170 additional votes were cast by the judges who were asked to rate their top five favourite category winner portfolios. And Kennedy was a very clear favourite.
Born and raised in Perth, Leah Kennedy had the opportunity to move to Cork, Ireland in 1999 for six months and didn’t return until almost 10 years later. It proved to be a pivotal point in her life where the slow process of realising her passions, and pursuing them, began. In 2013, a photography workshop was the catalyst cementing her passion for creativity and visual imagery. Now, almost 10 years since her return from Ireland, photography and arts are even closer to her heart, and she pursues both with a clearer sense of purpose and intent. Kennedy is particularly intrigued with the ambiguous nature of the world, the complexities, the misconceptions, and the grey areas in life as very rarely is something black or white.
During her career to date, Kennedy has received an impressive array of accolades from being named 2015 AIPP WA Creative Professional Photographer of the Year to taking the title of AIPP WA Illustrative Professional Photographer of the Year in both 2016 and 2017. In 2017, she was named AIPP Creative Photographer of the Year, was a finalist for AIPP WA Landscape Professional Photographer of the Year, and placed third in the Landscape category of Australasia’s Top Emerging Photographers.