The event industry recently celebrated as the best of the best were recognized at the Australian Event Awards, with our friends from Elementice taking the award for Best Technical Achievement or Innovation for their instant photography delivery technology which we used on the night to deliver the awards via RealTime.
As guests arrived at Optus stadium they were greeted by Nathan, our lovely local Perth photographer, to have their photo taken at the media wall. The photos were instantly delivered by scanning the QR code cards we provided to each guest.
The awards took place in the Ballroom of Optus Stadium which overlooks the beautiful Swan River and Matagarup Bridge, which was erected in 2014 and structurally resembles two flying swans.
MC Lisa Woodbrook took to the stage with an opening song and the entertainment continued through the night courtesy of local performers Chelsea Gibson, O Entertainment and DJ G Martin to mention a few.
The entire night was captured by EventPix and delivered via RealTime to the guests and via the Australasian Special Events social media feeds – which incidentally delivered these fantastic results:
1,522 Reach of people
491 Reach of people
2,031 Reach of people
We are so grateful to have the opportunity to work with this technology and the team at Elementice. It’s been an absolute game-changer.
This is what Event Awards producer, Ian Steigrad, had to say about RealTime:
“It was almost poetic to see the first award of the night go to Elementice for their instant photo delivery technology. By the time the awards began, most of the guests had experienced the technology with great shots taken by EventPix beamed live to their phones immediately after they were taken. The room was already abuzz with people comparing photos which just grew as the night went on.”
How many events have you been to that touched all of your senses?
Having photographed thousands of events, there are not that many that stand out as much as the Sensus showcase last week.
Let me walk you through the night.
Upon arrival, guests were greeted by Light’em Up Stilts* girl and directed up a flight of stairs at the Rydges Hotel at South Bank in Brisbane where they had their photo taken with two towering Light’em Up stilts girls*. Their photos were taken and delivered in RealTime.
Guests were then led down the red carpet to a tray full of jelly shots served by the Living Carpet* and onto the Soleil Pool Bar deck which showcased Onstage’s Gentleman*, Lollipop Aerialist*, Segway Slick* and Top hat hottie* while DJ Mr Smith* was spinning tunes on the decks while intrigued guests experienced the unique food stations where you could do everything from taste radish ice cream made with liquid hydrogen to painting your own cracker with dips.
The night progressed with champagne, entertainment and networking before being set alight with flames and fireworks by our friends from Fuse Pyrotechnics.
This multifaceted event moved from Soleil into the Ballroom filled with red and pink flowers, nautical table cloths and entrees served with a card of some kind.
Once guests were seated the hilarious Jenny Wynter entered the stage, letting everyone know that tonight we’re playing Cards Against Humanity and that anything goes and to not hold back.
You will know if you have played Cards Against Humanity that it’s not for the faint-hearted, so you can only imagine the profanity and humorous disgust that was produced from each table.
Dinner was served, the games went on and then much to everyone’s surprise, the centrepieces were alight, stepping the vibe up a notch before being shipped off to level twelve.
The tropical theme of level twelve, which overlooks the Brisbane River and Wheel of Brisbane, set the scene for party. The band was playing, drinks were flowing and there were entertainment and dancers at every corner of the room.
To finish things off there were two dessert experiences. The first was a sensory walk through with headphones to match the desserts and displays, and the second was desserts delivered through the media wall. You had to watch out for the media wall desserts though because you didn’t always get a dessert. Sometimes a slap, and sometimes something else.
The night ended on the dance floor, doted the best events industry showcase people have ever been to.
Sensus keep stepping it up every year, so we look forward to sharing the experience once again next year. Thanks to the other sponsors (listed below) and again for having us deliver the photography in RealTime.
Lollipop Aerialist Need an amazingly unique and bendy aerialist without having to worry about rigging points? Daisy is an industry professional offering this adaptable apparatus that’s perfect for any venue, with easy load-in and load out. A five-minute blow-your-mind performance will have your audiences impressed and entertained. Or utilise her skills “freestyle” for cocktail events as we did in Soleil.
This creepy yet intriguing character is the ‘egor’ in the family. From our creative arm – this character is available for roving but is also one of many from our HUGE array of tailored roving options.
Light’em Up stilts The only kind in the country, these brand new LED dresses are fully programmable to suit your colour scheme and messaging. Doesn’t get much better than this when it comes to classing and interesting costumed stilt characters.
Segway Slick Trade show or office floor, function space or outdoors, these segway characters are the only ones of their kind and based right here in Brisbane. Have them replenish your drinks as they slide by on their silent miniature segways. This options also available as other characters (insert bubble bot photo/video)
Top hat hottie What’s better than amazing costumed hostesses offering canapes to your guests with an LED light vending tray –a rather pleasant looking host (forget the ‘sesses’). We’re an equal opportunity employer here at @onstageentertainment
Living Carpet Available in white and red, or we can make one for you….. only peasants have red carpet entries without a human!
DJ Mr Smith You only saw him playing his chill vibes – you should check this guy out in his party duo “Cam n bert” complete with CO2 shooter…. Seriously awesome versatile rockstar
Jenny Wynter Female comedians are so hot right now, and none hotter than Jenny Wynter. She’s winning awards, touring the country, making the cover of magazines and has a very successful comedy facebook group. We can’t get enough of her – and her versatility as either fun and singy-alongy MC or in more formal matters, Jenny is our funny bitch extraordinaire. We’ve known it for years’ , now we’re glad you know it too – she’s the biz.
Lampshade Statuesque & Lace face Custom logo and divine costumes make our Lampshade Statuesque and Lace face the perfect options for less in-your-face and more fashion and corporate conscious events. Colour options available and costumes can be smooshed to add floristry, garland, jewels – anything to swish up your social media posts.
1 x media wall We love this for fun and interaction. The Media wall can be used as a dessert station (a-la #senseus2019), exhibition stand, photography wall or red carpet entrance package – Or any other wacky idea you have. Your logo’s go in the poster spots and our hands come out of the curtain spots! We can create the right vibe for you – cheeky and a bit saucy or straight-up pro with a gloved hand peeping out with a glass of champagne.
Fan-a-gogo You know we don’t do things like everyone else – and that includes our gogo dancers. Create your own ‘Marilyn’ moment with these fun gogo podiums complete with fan and lycra. Make it as classy or as sassy as you like, with a bazillion costume options available to suit your style.
Guestbook Want to build your database information a little differently? Capture details and messages differently, or even ask your guests to draw a picture – anything to make your experience more personalised and interactive.
The JSB Need we say anything at all? This band freakin’ rocks and offers fresh faces with a professional attitude. No dicks demanding meals, no precious wankers – The Jimmy Sogalrey Band is simple brilliant musical entertainment. Book them, there’s really nothing more you need to do to ensure success at your event.
Have you ever wondered what life would be like without photographs?
Yes. No Instagram to discover new trends and cafes for breakfast. No Facebook albums to share with family and friends. No Pinterest boards to help plan your next holiday and no photos of your wedding, family or kids growing up.
During a recent trip to the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, I developed an even deeper appreciation for photography and the role it plays in documenting history.
Mexico’s history dates so far back in time that it can only be understood and interpreted through paintings and glyphs carved from stone, which makes me wonder what life really looked like for the Mayans or indigenous people when the Spaniards invaded.
Over the past two hundred years, photography has become the most important medium used to document landscapes, architecture, modes of transport, fashion, emotion, events and so much more.
Looking at old photographs of townships and moments in time is always entertaining and insightful. The architecture, fashion and emotion of that time gives us a sense of how people lived their lives, what resources were available, how much has changed and how quickly technologies have advanced.
Remember that only a couple of decades ago most photographers were still only shooting on film, which was a slow and expensive process that not every budget could afford.
Photographing events is still quite a new concept that has rapidly evolved over the past twenty years, thanks to the advancement of digital photography which is more accessible and affordable.
With the power of wifi technology today, history can be documented online within minutes from a digital camera and only seconds with a smartphone.
It’s incredible, the possibilities are endless and the amount of historical information people of the future will have access to is infinite.
In light of this topic, here are some photographs of landscapes and moments from Australian’s History. Enjoy!
Brisbane River and Story Bridge 1939. (Image source: SL Blogs)
Chapel Street, Melbourne in 1890. (Image source: unknown)
John Bradfield – prominent Australian engineer overseeing the design and building of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. (Image source: Wikipedia)
Melbourne’s Bourke Street in late 1850’s. (Image source: Culture Victoria)
Kangaroo smuggled to a british training ground to give morale to WWI troops in Egypt. (Image credit: AWM/C02588, Image source: National Geographic)
International Women’s Day, Melbourne, 8 March 1975. (Image source: Museum of Australian Democracy)
Hairstyle in 1914 (Image source: Traces Magazine)
Hairstyles and fashion in the early 1900’s (Image source: Traces Magazine)
Men’s Fashion of the 1930’s. (Image source: Vintage Everyday)
Women’s Beach Fashion of the 1930’s. (Image source: Vintage Everyday)
Finalists in the Miss OPAL Brisbane Quest, 1971. (Image source: The Fashion Archives)
Aboriginal Men with Boomerangs Studio Photograph, Brisbane in 1868. (Image source: The Fashion Archives)
Queen Elizabeth the Second’s First Visit to Australia in 1954, arriving at Government House, Brisbane (Image source: Wiki Media)
Queen Elizabeth II arriving at Leura on board the royal train in 1954
Queen Elizabeth the Second’s First Visit to Australia in 1954, alighting the Royal Barge in Sydney Harbour 1954. (Image source: Everywhere History)
Panorama of Sydney in 1875 (before the Harbour Bridge was built). (Image source: Art Gallery NSW)