Sydney Dogs and Cats Home marketing manager Faith Harrsen is under no illusion as to the importance of the work of pet and wildlife photographer Peter Sharp.
“Many of the animals in our care have been adopted as a direct result of Peter’s photography,” he said.
“I am constantly in awe of his ability to capture the personalities of our residents, which range from dogs and cats to rabbits and birds, each week when he comes into the shelter.”
Peter’s work was recognised at the 2018 AIPP New South Wales EPSON Professional Photography Awards recently winning a total of 10 awards, including three gold and the title of AIPP NSW Pet/Animal Photographer of the Year.
Sharp does all the photography for the Sydney Dogs and Cats Home which looks after lost animals from Fairfield Council.
“I absolutely love what I do and I am very humbled to have received this recognition of my work,” he said.
“The key to taking a great portrait of any animal is patience and taking the time to let them feel comfortable around me and my camera.”
As well as running his business Tame & Wild Studio, he volunteers his services to three not-for-profit organisations.
Sharp, who pursued photography as a career after a debilitating spinal condition forced him to cease working in sales and marketing, said he is “honoured” to have the opportunity to use his skills to help out animals in need.
“If my images help to get just one dog or cat adopted into a new home, or enable one donation to be made to help rehabilitate injured animals, it’s worth it,” he said.