Queensland College of Art student Tim Marshall has been crowned Queensland’s top student photographer at the AIPP QLD Epson Professional Photography Awards.

The Bachelor of Photographystudent, 36, received raves from the judging panel for his submission, which included a powerful stand-out shot taken on a QCA study trip to Nepal.

“I didn’t expect to win,” he said.

“AIPP received more than 700 entries, so there was some tough competition.

“The award was fantastic validation that I’m on the right track and it’s a fantastic foot in the industry door.”

It has been a long and winding road for Tim, whodidn’t finish high school and became a father at 20.

He has tried his hand at everything from horticulture to security work and wrestling.

Now a dad of three, he is finishing his Bachelor of Photography at the QCA.

“I finally feel like I have found where I fit,” he said.

“I didn’t get the chance to pursue an artistic career when I was younger, but I always had a camera in my hand.”

His ultimate goal is to have his work hanging in galleries around the world.

“I want to keep learning my craft and the goal is to be the best.

“Everyone has an iPhone now and there is such a plethora of images out there – so the question is, how do you stand out?

“I want to be remembered as someone who made an impact and left a legacy.

“I can’t paint, or draw or sing – photography is my opportunity to contribute and effect change.”

The AIPPEpson Professional Photography Awardsare the largest and most prestigious state awards for professional print photography in Australia.

The awards are run annually in every state by the Australian Institute of Professional Photography— the country’s largest photographic membership body.

Tim will now qualify for entry into the national awards, to be announced in August.