Ralph Meznar is a self taught, award winning photographer whose interest in photography began in his early teens when his father gave him his very first camera. Ralph dabbled in photography over the next several years and gained considerable skill and knowledge in the use of a range of cameras and associated photographic media.
Those skills and knowledge were further enhanced as a result of completing a Multi Media course in Applied Design at the local TAFE (Mt Gambier) in 2001. During the following two years Ralph tutored and lectured in a variety of multi media subjects at the local TAFE and from that experience gained the confidence to pursue his interest in photography in a professional capacity and shortly after established his own business trading as Ralph Meznar Unique Photography.
Due to Ralph’s love of photography he has taken numerous photos of many and varied subjects. Some photos such as McNaught’s comet and the Southern Aurora were a matter of being in the right place at the right time. But other photos were a result of just getting out there and honing his skill. And whilst Ralph enjoys all areas of photography and the challenges each genre presents, it is photographing people that he enjoys the most.
In 2010 Ralph was the winner of the most outstanding portrait award at the 2010 Millicent Rotary Club National Photographic Show. The winning portrait was also featured in featured in 1X (One Exposure’s) international annual publication for outstanding photography for 2009. The 2009 publication featured 210 photographers from 33 different countries from around the world.
In 2011 at the Millicent Rotary Club National Photographic Show, Ralph was honored to receive a high achievement award for portraiture, a merit award for landscape and a second place for the nature award. In the same year Ralph again achieved international recognition for outstanding photography when an action shot taken by Ralph was accepted by the selection panel of 1X (One Exposure). One Exposure only accept photos that stand out, not only in terms of aesthetics and technical quality, but of story and feeling as well.
Ralph Meznar is a member of the Australian Institute of Profession Photography and a portfolio of his work can be viewed on his website at www.ralphmeznar.com
Let's hope it gets good ones soon!