Marnie Hibbert is used to being behind the camera but she was in full focus at The Rise International Photography Awards.

The Sunbury photographer received a bronze award for two of her photos during the competition in Brisbane last month.

Hibbert said she was honoured to have received the awards.

“It’s fantastic to be recognised,” she said.

“After watching two days of judging for gold, I realised how critical judges were and it gave me more credit for what I had actually achieved. I thought it was amazing to get that far.”

Hibbert’s photography specialty is capturing precious moments between newborns and their families. Her two award-winning photos showcased Sunbury families with their children.

Hibbert’s winning photo. Photo: Marnie Hibbert



Hibbert’s winning photo. Photo: Marnie Hibbert

“I’ve always done portraiture,” she said. “I’ve always loved it [photography], my dad always took photographs. It fulfils me to grab moments that people miss.

“I get the in-between shots. It’s the intimate moments where parents are adoring their baby or a toddler trying to be cheeky and get my attention.

“They are the special moments that parents see and you can’t bottle it. Your own memory is attached to the photo rather than a video of it. I continue it on with the families as they grow.”

Hibbert’s studio is based at her Sunbury home.