Well actually first off was the Cosmopolitan Model Search and that was followed by the Preliminary round of Miss Universe Australia 2012. This was the first time I had been asked to be part of a panel of judges and I must say the responsibility in decision making is quite palpable. You really would like all the contestants to win but sadly it cannot be!
That said, we were judging the preliminary rounds so there were plenty of winners going onto the next stage which was very nice indeed. And since I was judging not photographing (though I did manage some shots with the trusty G10) my friend and fellow photographer Soyoun came along and documented the day for me.
The fellow Judges were, pageant expert Peter Sereno, me - Fashion Photographer Kent Johnson, Natasa Colo Fashion Stylist, Rebecca Lau online fashion retailer, and couture designer Sylvia Lee all of us pictured below. It was a great day and one could feel the excitement and tension from the contestants as they moved through the various rounds. Perhaps the most interesting 'find' of the day was one contestant I christened "New Jen", the resemblance was quite striking! And it all took place in the rather lovely coloured-glass-domed staging area of the St Ives Shopping Village.
Cosmopolitan Model Search
Miss Universe Australia 2012 Beauty Pageant - Preliminary Stage
Contestants, if you are ever competing in an event like this, do come up and say hello after the event. I met a few of you and some family too but it would have been great to meet more of you.
If you have been competing and are thinking of moving forward by shooting a Modelling Portfolio, this is one of my specialties so please feel free to contact me anytime. www.kentjohnsonphotography.com.au
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