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The 44th AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards +
The AIPP EPSON State Awards 2021

The APPA + Epson State Awards 2021 Rules are presented in the tabs below. Each tab can be expanded to view content relevant to your entries.

The live judging of the APPA + State Awards 2021 has been deferred until March 4th - 7th 2022. Read more here. Entries for the awards open online on Wednesday September 15th 2021 and close on Wednesday 10th November 2021.

Significant changes have been made to the 2021 Rules. Please read the rules very carefully before entering. If you have any concerns about the rules or interpretations of any rules, please contact awards@aipp.com.au as soon as possible. Please note that the AIPP Awards Committee does not pre-approve individual entries - it is up to the entrant to read, understand and follow the rules to their best ability.

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WELCOME

Welcome to APPA + State Awards! 
We are delighted to invite you to participate in Australia’s most prestigious photographic print competition, a competition which celebrates the art of photography, our community of image-makers and, at its heart, the value of the printed photograph.

We have been on a two-year Covid-induced hiatus and, unfortunately, this hiatus has recently been extended. The live judging of the 2021 APPA + State Awards will now take place from March 4th - March 7th 2022, however, the awards open for entries on September 15th 2021.

Come March 4th, we will be thrilled to welcome back live judging by some of Australia’s premier professional photographers. All our judges have completed the AIPP Judge Development Program and many have been judging APPA and other world-renowned photography competitions for years. Listening to them explore the art of the photographic print is a wonderful educational experience.

HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?

1) ENTER!
This year, APPA is open to all. Previous rules surrounding seeding and qualifying have been scrapped – if you can craft a printed photograph, you are welcome to enter. Who Can Enter? and Entry Fees have further information. 

2) COME PLAY AS A VOLUNTEER!
Online comps are great but there’s nothing like the thrill of live judging the print. Unfortunately, due to covid-enforced restrictions, this year only judges and volunteers will be on site and the event will not be open to the general public. If restrictions ease and we can open the event to the general public, we will announce this exciting news immediately. 

3) WATCH ONLINE
We want to make our event as accessible as possible. If you can’t be with us in person, we don’t want you to miss out so we’ll livestream** our judging so you can tune in from anywhere in the world. Livestream details will be released during the event.

APPA & AIPP EPSON STATE AWARDS – TWO AWARDS, ONE ENTRY FEE

This year, APPA (Australian Professional Photography Awards) and the AIPP Epson State Awards have been amalgamated into one bumper event designed to celebrate the print over a jam-packed four day program. 

The brilliant news for entrants is you now pay one entry fee for the chance to compete for both State and National titles.

Four days of judging, learning and immersing yourself in all things photography and the print.
Two competitions rolled into one – pay one entry fee, compete for both state and national titles.
Enter to explore and hone your skills, for creative development, professional benchmarking and peer-assessment. Aim for personal achievement and recognition within the photographic industry.

One entry fee, one set of entries, one judging session and one score per entry. However, every print you submit counts towards state AND national titles! 

Professional photographers who enter this competition are eligible to win:
* State category titles (home state)
* State PPY title (home state)
* National category titles
* National PPY title
* Epson Signature Worthy Award at state and national level
* Ilford Trophy: Highest Scoring Print overall

General Member Photographers who enter this competition are eligible to win:
* State AIPP Achievement Award (home state)
* National AIPP Achievement Award
* Epson Signature Worthy Award at state and national level
* Ilford Trophy: Highest Scoring Print overall

Student Photographers who enter this competition are eligible to win:
* State Student Photographer of the Year Award (home state)
* National Student Photographer of the Year Award
* Epson Signature Worthy Award at state and national level
* Ilford Highest Scoring Print overall

All entrants are invited to enter and compete for the following national awards:
* AIPP Australian Photographic Book of the Year
* AIPP Australian Album of the Year
* AIPP Australian Alternative & Historical Photographer of the Year

All entrants compete for individual Bronze Certificates as well as Silver, Silver with Distinction, Gold and Gold with Distinction awards. 

** Please note: AIPP will endeavour to livestream all APPA judging sessions, however, live judging will not be paused or stopped due to any technical difficulties experienced in the livestreaming process. In this way, some judging may not feature online

*** Please Note: A change to the eligibility of images entered into previous AIPP print awards was made on Friday 4th June after these rules were initially published on Monday 31st May. All images previously entered into AIPP Epson State Awards or APPA are ineligible for entry into 2021 APPA + State Awards. read more under Core Rules and Fine Print. 

Who Can Enter? Entrant Types

WHO CAN ENTER?

AIPP APPA & Epson State Awards are open to all photographers as follows:

  • Professional Photographers
  • AIPP General Member Photographers
  • Student Photographers

Entrants must be a permanent resident or citizen of Australia who have resided here for a minimum of three months in the previous 24 months preceding the closing date.

APPA is also open to overseas professional photographers, members of reciprocal overseas organisations and AIPP General Members based overseas (conditions apply). Please note that these entrant types are not eligible to win the title of Australian Professional Photographer of the Year.


WHO IS A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER?


A Professional Photographer, for the purpose of these awards, includes:

  • An AIPP Accredited Professional Photographer (APP)
  • A photographer who has an Australian Business Number (ABN) and who earns an income from the profession of photography.


WHO IS A STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHER?

A Student Photographer, for the purpose of these awards, must be 18 years or over and enrolled at a registered tertiary educational institution within Australia during the current calendar year. You must have a student number and you cannot be an AIPP APP.

If you are a Student Member of AIPP, you compete for the Student Member of the Year award at state and national levels, as a well as the prestigious Ilford Trophy for the overall Highest Scoring Print award. You cannot win a category or the overall Professional Photographer of the Year / AIPP Achievement awards. Student entrant work will be judged separately from other entries.


WHO IS AN AIPP GENERAL MEMBER PHOTOGRAPHER?

A General Member Photographer is currently registered as an AIPP General Member at a cost of $10AUD per month. General Members include retired professional photographers or APPs, photography enthusiasts and hobbyists, emerging photographers and some overseas photographers. You can sign up instantly online as an AIPP General Member.

If you are a General Member of AIPP, you compete for the AIPP Achievement Award at state and national levels as a well as the prestigious Ilford Trophy for the overall Highest Scoring Print award. You cannot win a category or the overall Professional Photographer of the Year / Student Photographer of the Year awards.


WHO IS A MEMBER OF A RECIPROCAL OVERSEAS ORGANISATION?

Members of reciprocal rights organisations such as the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP) and Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) are invited to enter APPA and compete for the prestigious Ilford Trophy for the overall Highest Scoring Print Award and the Overseas Professional Photographer of the Year Award. You may also earn merit points towards AIPP Achievements (Associate, Master of Photography or Grand Master of Photography).

Reciprocal members cannot win a category or the Australian Professional Photographer of the Year  / AIPP Achievement Award / Student Photographer of the Year, nor are they eligible for any AIPP Epson State Awards titles.


WHAT ABOUT SEEDING, QUALIFYING OR WILDCARD ENTRIES?

Previous requirements to seed, qualify or apply for a wildcard entry for APPA have been removed this year. AIPP welcomes all photographers eligible for entry as listed above to enter our print awards.

Major Rules Changes in 2021

CHANGES FOR THE 2021 AWARDS

Please read all of the rules carefully to avoid disqualification. No refunds will be issued for any entry that is disqualified for any reason. The Awards Committee hates to disappoint entrants, but rules are rules, so to ensure your experience is a positive one, please read, digest, understand and follow them. Here is a snapshot of changes to the rules for this year. You are still required to read the rules in full.

  • All entrant types can now enter MORE than four entries into the competition.
    - Accredited and Professional Photographers have a maximum of 12 entries into the competition (Merit Points will apply to the top four scoring entries only)
    - General Member entrants have a maximum of 9 entries into the competition.
    - Student entrants have a maximum of 6 entries into the competition and may not enter more than three prints in total.
    Read more under Core Rules.
  • ALL entrants are now eligible to compete for the Ilford Trophy – the Highest Scoring Print award. Read more under Major Awards: Ilford Trophy.
  • The sub-categories ‘Single Capture’ and ‘Open’ have been replaced and no longer exist. The new sub-categories are Authentic Edit, Corrective Edit and Creative Edit. Read more under Core Rules.
  • A new Bronze scoring category has been introduced, with half Merit Points still available for eligible entrants who score 78 or 79. All Bronze-awarded entrants will be able to download and print their own Bronze certificate. Read more under Judging / Scoring / Determining Winners.
  • The “two-year rule” has been abolished and entrants are now welcome to enter any image / use elements within images as long as they have been captured in the 21st century (on or after January 1st 2000). Read more under Core Rules.
  • All Entrants must now complete all post-production work on entries themselves, where “post-production” is defined as “all editing of an element and/or entire image after the original in-camera capture”. Read more under Core Rules.
  • The AIPP Achievement Award has been introduced, exclusively open for AIPP General Member competitors. Read more under Major Awards: AIPP Achievement Award.
  • Student Photographers may enter any print category but their work will be judged separately as student work, using the APPA scoring range. Students compete to be awarded the Student Photographer of the Year in each state and territory and nationally, as well as the prestigious Ilford Trophy for the Australian Highest Scoring Print Award.
    Note: Students may enter Book / Album / Alternative & Historical Processes. There will be no separate judging for these categories – students will compete against professional and General Member photographers alike.
    Read more under Major Awards: Student Photographer of the Year.
  • The Alternative Processes Photographer of the Year is now known as the Alternative & Historical Processes Photographer of the Year. Entries into the Alternative & Historical Processes category have no minimum size requirements and original works, including 3D objects, may be entered into this table-top judged category. Read more under Australian Alternative & Historical Processes Photographer of the Year
  • Merit Points are now available to AIPP Accredited Members who enter as a single photographer into the Photographic Books, Albums and Alternative & Historical Processes categories. (Note that collaborative entries are not eligible to accrue points.)
  • Authentic and Corrective Edit categories that allow polyptychs now have a maximum of six images per matted print. Read more under Core Rules. 
  • Entrants in the Landscape category may now include an optional caption of 50 words with their image if they wish. Read more under Print Category: Landscape
  • The Pet / Animal category is now open to images of ALL animals, including wild animals. Read more under Print Category: Pet / Animal
  • The removal of leads, halters, harnesses (Pet / Animal) and hands (Newborn) is now permitted under the Corrective Edit sub-category. Read more under Core Rules
  • In order to win the Creative Category, the entrant must have submitted at least one print into at least four different qualifying print categories. Finalists will be selected from the highest scoring aggregates of 4 images from 4 different eligible categories. Please note that Book, Album and Alternative & Historical Process entries do not qualify for the Creative Category. Read more under Print Category: Creative
  • Printed certificates and corners will no longer be provided due to financial, environmental and logistical concerns. Bronze through Gold with Distinction Awards will be supplied as a PDF file for entrants to print, mat and frame if they wish. Digital award, category winner and PPY stamps will be provided. Read more under Judging / Scoring / Determining Winners
Essential Dates & Venue Info

ESSENTIAL DATES

  • The competition opens on Wednesday 15th September at 9am AEST. Entries can be submitted from this date.
  • An extended entry period is available this year to assist with any Covid-related delays.  
  • Entries close online: Wednesday 10th November at 5pm AEST
    (NO EXTENSIONS GRANTED)
  • Print Cases Due: Friday 25th February 2022
  • Live Judging of all Prints: Friday 4th, Saturday 5th, Sunday 6th and Monday 7th March 2022. 
    A detailed schedule of times and categories to be judged will be released at the end of February. 
  • APPA Presentation Night: National Winners Announced
    Date: Tuesday 8th March 2022
    Spice Market, Beany Lane off Russell Street, Melbourne
    Tickets: $100 per person, inclusive of a three hour drinks package and substantial finger food. Drinks available at bar prices upon conclusion of package.
  • State Awards Presentation Nights: State Winners Announced. 
    These nights will be held in each state / territory. Please check the AIPP events page to see when your local State Awards Presentation Night will be held and to purchase your tickets (prices vary per state / territory). 

JUDGING VENUE

The live print judging will be held at Sunstudios, South Melbourne. 
Unfortunately, due to ongoing covid-enforced restrictions, at this stage the event is limited to judges, volunteers and relevant technical support staff and personnel. If this changes, we will make relevant announcements immediately so members and the general public can join us in person. 

Entry Fees

ENTRY FEES

AIPP Accredited, Reciprocal Members and Professional Photographers Entrants may enter up to 12 entries each.
AIPP General Members may enter up to 9 entries each.
Student entrants may enter up to 6 entries each, with a maximum of three print entries.

An ‘entry’ is a print, a book, an album or an alternative/historical process piece. Restrictions to the amount of prints that can be entered do apply for students.

Entries into the Book, Album and Alternative and Historical Processes categories cost a flat rate of $60 each, regardless of entrant type. All entrant types may enter these three categories, which will be judged via tabletop.

IMPORTANT NOTE

In order to be charged correctly for your entry fees you must correctly select your member type under the "My Profile" tab in the awards entry portal. Licentiate members will not receive their discounted print fee unless they nominate themselves as a "Licentiate Accredited Professional Photographer" under member type, 

  • A maximum of FOUR ENTRIES PER CATEGORY applies for AIPP Accredited, Licentiates, Reciprocal, International and non-member Professional Photographers.
  • AIPP General Member entrants and Student entrants can enter a maximum of THREE ENTRIES PER PRINT CATEGORY.
  • All entrant types may enter a maximum of FOUR entries in Book, Album and Alternative & Historical Process categories.
  • The winner of each print category will have four entries in the category (this does not include the AIPP Achievement Award or Student Photographer of the Year).
  • The winner of Book, Album and Alternative & Historical Process categories will be selected from the finalists where the finalists are determined by highest aggregate of a single entry.
  • AIPP Accredited Members and Reciprocal Members are eligible to accrue merit points towards becoming AIPP Associates, AIPP Masters and AIPP Grand Masters of Photography. Merit points will be accrued on eligible entrants top four scores only.
  • All entrants are required to purchase an official AIPP print case to submit their entries (subject to exceptions for students and overseas entrants). We have two print case options for entrants to purchase (read more about the two options on the FAQ page). The hardy, reusable print cases can be ordered here or the cheaper, single-use cases can be ordered here
  • AIPP Member entrants (Accredited / General / Student) must be currently financial at time of entry and for the duration of the competition in order to qualify for discounted member pricing. Entries received by non-financial members or non-members will not be judged unless paid for at non-member rates.

All prices are quoted in Australian dollars (AUD) and GST is included where applicable. Fees for overseas entrants do not include GST.

How to Enter: Step-by-Step Guide

HOW TO ENTER

Step 1

Enter online at https://awards.aipp.com.au/ and follow the tabs / prompts. We have an extended entry open period this year with entries opening on Wednesday, September 15th at 9am AEST and closing at 5pm AEST on Wednesday 10th November 2021. There will be NO extensions granted.

Please note that under the "My Profile" tab, entrants must correctly select their membership type in order to be charged correctly for entry into the competition. Licentiate Accredited Professional Photographers need to nominate themselves as such in order to receive their discounted pricing. 

All entrants must also nominate their Associated State Awards under the "My Profile" tab. In 99% of cases, the state where you live is the state you will nominate for the State Awards. If you require confirmation on this point, please contact awards@aipp.com.au. 

Step 2

Upload a copy of each entry to the following specifications:

  • 3000 pixels on the longest side
  • Adobe RGB colour space (not greyscale or sRGB)
  • Saved as JPEG, setting 9
  • File named using the following format
    QLD2021_WilsonJ_1.jpg
    “Number” refers to how many entries you are submitting in total.

Overseas Photographers:
Please use the letters OS instead of the abbreviation of the state name. Image filenames should be letters, numbers and underscores only: OS2021_LincolnT_4.jpg

Step 3

Complete the online entry process. Ensure you have selected the correct CATEGORY, provided caption details if required and that you have declared any people or services you engaged to assist with the preparation of your entries (primarily print labs / print personnel giving all post-production must be completed by the entrant themselves). 
Please note that once you pay for your entries, you can no longer make changes / edits to your entry files, nor can you add any extra entries. PAYMENT LOCKS THE SYSTEM. Please do not make payment until you are entirely satisfied your entries are correct and complete. If you need to make changes after you have made payment, please contact awards@aipp.com.au.  

Step 4
**Steps 4 - 7 can be completed in 2022**

When your entries have been completed and paid, print a colour copy of the supplied entry identification labels and address labels.
Affix the entry identification label on the back of your print mount in the top left-hand corner. This determines how your print will be orientated for the judges.
For books and albums, please loosely place the identification label in the front cover.
For alternative & historical process pieces, please include the ID label in an obvious spot within your secure packaging.

Step 5

Print and mount your images in accordance with the image presentation requirements. The visible print (the image as seen through the matte, if any) must be a minimum of 25cm on its longest side. If your matte covers the edge of your print, you will need to make your print slightly larger to meet this requirement. Prints may exceed the 25cm requirement, up to the 40cm x 50cm mount size. Please note that prints that do not meet the minimum size requirement may be disqualified from the competition prior to judging and, if this is the case, no refund of entry fee will be granted.

Step 6

Upload your original capture files via Dropbox for each of the entries you submit into the competition. Entries will be selected randomly to be scrutinised to protect the overall integrity of competition entries.
Order all of your files in a folder on your computer. These files should be RAWs or JPEG/TIFF files created in-camera at the time of capture.

Name the files/folders according to your name and unique entry ID numbers (found on your label print out). The main folder should carry your name. Within the main folder, create a sub-folder for each APPA entry, naming the sub-folder with the Entry ID (provided on your label print out).

Once created, the main folder MUST be compressed to submit via the Dropbox link. Right click your folder to find options to compress.

Please upload your folder via the following link: https://www.dropbox.com/request/nXhNdYD3dH6fuSbK2tc2
Please note: your files are secure and can only be accessed by AIPP Awards Administration. You will not see any other entrant’s files as you complete this upload. You have until Wednesday 16 February 2022 to upload your original capture files. 

Step 7

Pack mounted prints into your official AIPP print case (check the FAQs to get more info), address your case and post.
Books, Albums and Alternative process pieces that do not fit inside your print case should be packaged separately and securely and posted. 

YOUR PRINT CASE MUST NOT BE POSTED BEFORE FEBRUARY 1ST 2022.
YOUR PRINT CASE MUST ARRIVE AT SUNSTUDIOS NO LATER THAN 5PM ON FRIDAY 25TH FEBRUARY 2022.  

Please address your case as follows:

AIPP APPA 
c/- Sunstudios
95 Buckhurst Street
South Melbourne
VIC 3205

Please note that modern AIPP print cases are completely secure and do not require extra packaging or tape. Simply use the foam included to protect your prints and the secure straps to close the case – tighten your straps as required. 

Core Rules: MUST READ

CORE RULES & REQUIREMENTS

Unless otherwise stated in specific category rules, the following rules and requirements apply to all entries.

1. Number of Entries Permitted

  • An ‘entry’ is a print, a photographic book, an album or an Alternative & Historical Processes piece.
  • AIPP Accredited entrants and Non-Member Professional entrants may enter up to 12 entries into APPA 2021. This can be 12 prints, or any combination of prints, books, albums or Alternative & Historical Process pieces up to a maximum of 12 entries in total. A maximum of four entries per category is permitted for these entrant types. 
  • AIPP General Members may enter up to 9 entries into APPA 2021. The entries can be made up of any combination of albums, photographic books or Alternative & Historical Process pieces, however, there is a maximum of THREE ENTRIES per General Member entrant per print category.
  • Student entrants may enter up to 6 entries into APPA 2021, with a maximum of three print entries in total. The remaining three entries can be made up of photographic books, albums or Alternative & Historical Processes entries.
  • Members of Reciprocal Organisations and International professional photographer entrants may enter up to 12 entries into APPA 2021. This can be 12 prints, or any combination of prints, books, albums or Alternative & Historical Process pieces up to a maximum of 12 entries in total. A maximum of four entries per category is permitted for these entrant types. 
  • In order to win a print category, an entrant must have entered the maximum of four prints into the category. Please note that AIPP General Member and Student entrants are not eligible to win print categories.
  • The Album, Photographic Book and Alternative & Historical Processes categories will be won by individual entries in the category. All entrant types may enter these categories and will compete together to determine the overall winners in these categories.
  • In order to win the Creative Category, the entrant must have submitted at least one print into four different qualifying categories. Please note that Book, Album & Alternative & Historical Processes entries do not qualify for the Creative Category.
  • An AIPP Accredited entrant’s top four scores will accrue Merit Points towards AIPP Achievements.

2. Eligibility

  • Images entered into any previous AIPP print awards are ineligible for entry into the 2021 APPA + State Awards. 
  • Any entry that is considered to contravene the rules of the sub-category or category it has been entered into may, at the discretion of the Awards Committee, be moved into a more appropriate sub-category or category.
  • Should a print contravene the rules of all categories, then it may lead to disqualification of the print. Disqualified prints will not be refunded.
  • While efforts may be made to contact the entrant prior to any such changes, the Awards Committee reserves the right to make the necessary category change irrespective of any such contact. The decision to move a print will be final and no discussion will be entered into.

3. Capture

  • Entries must be 100% photographic in origin.
  • All elements in an entry must be the work of the entrant.
  • The use of third-party imagery, such as stock photography (including skies, borders or textures), is prohibited.
  • Entries must be from original exposures made within the 21st century – on or after January 1st 2000. 
  • The category rules and requirements accompanying the category descriptions form part of the rules.
  • All images captured, retouched, digitally edited or printed over the duration of a workshop, tutorial or similar, where the primary focus of the event is education, are ineligible (students are exempt from this rule). This is irrespective of whether or not the image submitted was captured or created under the direct instruction of the educator/presenter. The rule applies only to attendees of workshops, tutorials and educational/training events. Instructors, students, and attendees of photo-tours where the primary focus is not educational are not restricted from entering.

4. Subject

  • A primary purpose of the Awards is to judge and reward visually impactful images and excellence in craft. While the same subject may be used across multiple submissions, it is a requirement that entrants submit images that are significantly different visually. If the same subject is used, it must be an entirely different capture and involve entirely different treatment eg styling, wardrobe, posing, lighting etc. 
  • In the case of any disqualification, the Awards Committee’s decision is final and no discussion will be entered into. Furthermore, no refunds will be offered for entries that have been disqualified.
  • Entries that have been plagiarised, either knowingly or subconsciously, will be disqualified. Plagiarism is considered to be where another photograph, painting or image is copied, and a significant number of the key elements (e.g. subject, location, pose, crop, post-production) are the same. Being inspired by a style, pose or subject from which you create your own entry is not considered plagiarism.
  • The entrant represents and warrants that the work submitted is the entrant’s sole original work, with the exception of multiple-photographer books and albums, and does not infringe the copyright, moral rights or other proprietary or intellectual property rights of any third party. The entrant must be entitled to reproduce and exploit any underlying rights in their entry. Any entries which do not comply may be disqualified and refunds will not be provided in this case. 

5. Creation

  • All post-production must have been completed by solely the entrant. Entrants must not engage the services of editors or re-touchers, nor should they be receiving direct, explicit instructions from these providers as they edit their own work.
  • If supplying files to a printing service, the entrant must ensure that the service provider does not make any changes beyond minor global colour, brightness and contrast adjustments to match the image file to the printed media.
  • When completing the online entry form, entrants must acknowledge any printer and/or other contributors who had any involvement with the preparation of the entry.
  • No titles or marks that identify the entrant are permitted on the front of the entry. Non-photographic copy/text may only be included when stipulated in the category rules and requirements.

Please note: Analogue and Historical images can be entered into any print category, so long as they adhere to the image presentation requirements. Analogue and/or Historical Processes that result in images being ineligible for category print judging may be suitable for entry into the Alternative & Historical Processes Award. There is no minimum print size in the Alternative & Historical Processes category.

In 2019 the two main sub-categories into which prints could be entered were Open & Single Capture. In 2021, all print entries will now fall into one of THREE sub-categories, as follows:

6. Authentic Edit (replaces Single Capture)

This sub-category is intended to reward technical and creative excellence in photographing and presenting an authentic representation of a scene, without the use of corrective retouching or creative compositing techniques as defined in points 7 and 8 below.  

Authentic Editing is defined as basic processing of a single in-camera capture. Permissible adjustments include a reasonable degree of exposure, contrast, tone/colour/saturation, sharpening. Cropping/levelling of horizons is permitted. Conversion to B&W is permitted. The removal of minor dust spots, sensor spots, scratches and incidental blemishes is permitted, so long as their removal does not affect the authenticity of the original image.

Multiple exposures, HDR, stitched panoramas and perspective correction are not permitted. Focus-stacked images are not permitted, except in the area of macro photography. Further addition, deletion or cloning of content is not permitted.

Authenticity is paramount in this sub-category. Entries which, in the opinion of the Awards Committee, exceed these guidelines may be moved into a different sub-category or may be disqualified and discussion will not be entered into. Examples include changing colour tone and hue to such an extent that the resulting image diverges significantly from the original scene. Likewise changing the density, contrast, colour and/or saturation levels in order to obscure or eliminate background or background elements or to materially change the content or authenticity of an image.

7. Corrective Edit (new sub-category)

Corrective Editing is defined as a single in-camera capture, with the same rules as for Authentic Editing above with the additional proviso that, so long as the intent of the image is preserved, dog leads, hands and other such elements involved in the production of the image can be retouched or removed. Minor cloning is permitted for retouching purposes but the addition of new content is not permitted. Face swaps are allowable.

8. Creative Edit (replaces Open)

This sub-category is intended to reward technical and creative excellence in photographing and presenting images using all available post-production techniques, including compositing multiple images. All content must comply with the core rule stating that it is 100% photographic in origin, the work of the entrant and taken in the 21st century - on or after January 1st 2000. RAW files must be supplied for every element of the finished work.

All forms of digital manipulation are allowed. Digital technologies may be used to assemble images, and to manipulate or adjust photographic elements in any manner.

Re-photographing existing photographs or images for any purpose other than creating a supporting element or background will be grounds for disqualification, unless the existing image is the work of the entrant, 100% photographic and was taken in the 21st century - on or after January 1st 2000. Re-photographed images that provide supporting elements or backgrounds, created either by the entrant or by a third party (such as purchased physical backdrops, publicly displayed advertising, photographs or paintings), may be used to contribute to the narrative of the entry; however, they must not be the main subject or focus of the image. For example, a portrait of a soldier taken in front of a print of a WWII soldier may be acceptable, but entering a re-photographed print of the WWII portrait in its entirety would be prohibited. It is the entrant’s responsibility to ensure any supporting elements do not infringe the copyright, moral rights or other proprietary or intellectual property rights of any third party. Proof of permission to use copyrighted material may be requested by the Awards Committee and failure to deliver this material could result in disqualification of the entry.

Judging / Scoring / Determining Winners

JUDGING SYSTEM

A panel of five judges assesses each entry. Entries are judged anonymously. No distinguishing marks are permitted on the front of an entry.

A panel chair, aided by an assistant, administers the activities of the panel. One or more identical judging set-ups may operate in separate rooms, simultaneously judging a category.

Each judge scores the entry out of 100 and the panel’s average is the initial score. A majority of judge scores will then determine whether a Bronze or higher award is given, from which the final score is derived. If the final score is 79, 84, 89 or 94, a second panel of five judges will review the image.

APPA SCORING SYSTEM

The final score determines the result as follows:

95–100 Gold with Distinction Award

90–94 Gold Award

85–89 Silver with Distinction Award

80–84 Silver Award

75–79 Bronze Certificate: High Professional Standard (78 / 79 accrue half merit points)

70–74 Professional Standard

60–69 Approaching Professional Standard

50-59 Below Professional Standard

Certificate PDFs will be issued for all award entries that score 75 or above. Recipients can choose to print, matte and frame their certificates if desired.  

HOW ARE THE PRINT CATEGORY WINNERS CHOSEN?

Professional Photographer Entrants:

An eligible submission comprises FOUR prints with:

  • A minimum aggregate of 320 points
  • At least two prints with a Silver Award or higher

Up to five eligible submissions for categories with over 200 prints and up to three eligible submissions for categories with under 200 prints, based on the highest aggregate score, will be assessed by a panel of five judges in private to determine the winner of the category.


General Member Entrants:

To win the AIPP Achievement Award at national and / or state level, General Member entrants require a minimum aggregate of 240 points from print categories AND a minimum of at least two Silver Awards or above to qualify as a finalist. Up to five finalists based on the highest aggregate scores will be assessed by a panel of five judges to determine the winner of the AIPP Achievement Award.


Student Entrants:

To win Student of the Year at national and/or state level, student entrants require a minimum aggregate of 240 points from print categories to qualify as a finalist. Up to five finalists based on the highest aggregate scores will be assessed by a panel of five judges to determine the winner of Student Photographer of the Year.

In the final private judging of all print categories judges will be asked to consider:

  • Visual and/or emotional impact
  • Excellence in craft
  • Originality, innovation and creativity
  • Diversity of content and skills
  • Conceptual development of an idea or theme

Entry information detailing post-production, commissioned / self-commissioned, the relevant sub-category and captions will also be considered during this process. Judges are instructed not to consider the four entries as a group or portfolio but as four individual and disparate prints. Please note that aggregate scores of the submissions are not a judging consideration in determining the overall winner of each category at national level.

The Ilford Trophy - Highest Scoring Print Award:

All entrants who submit one or more prints into APPA are competing for the prestigious Ilford Trophy. This trophy will be awarded to the highest scoring print overall. 

The Epson Signature Worthy Print Award

A representative from Epson will personally select national and state / territory winners of this award which celebrates excellence in photographic printing. The winners of this award will have received a Silver award or above. The selection of the winners is at the sole discretion of the Epson representative. All entrants are eligible to receive Epson Signature Worthy awards. 


HOW ARE BOOK / ALBUM / ALTERNATIVE & HISTORICAL PROCESSES WINNERS CHOSEN?

These categories are open to all entrant types at the one price point of $60 per entry. General Member and Student entries in these categories will not be separated out during the judging process, instead they will compete against all other entrant types.

The three top scoring entries in Book, Album and Alternative & Historical Processes will be declared the category finalists. Finalist entries will be judged by a panel of three judges in private to determine the winner of each category.

In the final private judging for Book / Album / Alternative & Historical Processes, judges will be asked to consider:

  • Visual and/or emotional impact
  • Excellence in craft
  • Originality, innovation and creativity
  • Diversity of content and skills
  • Conceptual development of an idea or theme

Entry information detailing post-production, commissioned / self-commissioned and captions will also be considered during this process. Please note that the final scores of the submissions are not a judging consideration in determining the overall winner of each category.

Merit Points & AIPP Achievement Ribbons

MERIT POINTS & AIPP ACHIEVEMENT RIBBONS

Merit Points apply exclusively to AIPP Accredited Members and members of reciprocal organisations. To advance from full AIPP Accredited Member to AIPP Associate, a photographer needs to earn five Merit Points in four consecutive years (the minimum requirement is three full award points and four half award points).

This year, we have increased the amount of entries entrants can submit into the APPA for the first time. Previously entrants could submit a limit of four entries only - this year Accredited and non-member professional photographers can enter up to 12 entries. However, it is important to note that Accredited Photographer entrants will only receive merit points for their four highest scoring entries. 

Accruing Merit Points at APPA leads to the following achievements:

  • AIPP Associate (5 points)
  • AIPP Master of Photography (additional 10 points)
  • AIPP Master of Photography with Gold Bars (additional 10 points for each bar, up to seven bars)
  • AIPP Grand Master of Photography (accumulated a minimum of five Master Gold Bars and accumulated a minimum of 65 award points in total which must include at least five Gold Awards and 10 Silver with Distinction Awards, OR alternatively, has accumulated 7 Master Gold Bars with 15 Silver Distinction Awards)
  • AIPP Grand Master of Photography with Platinum Bars (additional 25 points for each bar)

Merit Points are offered as follows:

  • ½ point for a score of 78 / 79
  • 1 point for a Silver or Silver with Distinction (80 – 89)
  • 2 points for a Gold or Gold with Distinction (90 – 100)

Half points may only be used to achieve AIPP Associate. A maximum of two half points may be used.

Merit Points must be achieved within certain time frames for each honour listed above and usually they expire after five years. To account for the cancellation of APPA 2020 due to Covid-19, this year we are allowing a six year expiry on points. This means that whatever points achieved at APPA 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 stand as valid (this is the exact same position Accredited and non-member professional photographers would have been in if APPA 2020 had run). The expiry timeframe for merit points will be further assessed before APPA 2022. 

At the APPA Presentation Night, AIPP Achievement recipients will be acknowledged. All recipients receive achievement ribbons and a certificate of attainment. 

Post Nominals

Once an AIPP Accredited or reciprocal member has achieved an AIPP honour, they are welcome to use the following post nominals:

AIPP Associate - APP AAIPP
AIPP Master of Photography - APP MPhotog
Gold Bars - APP MPhotogI / II / II / IV / V / VI / VII
Grand Master of Photography - APPL GMPhotog
Platinum Bars - APPL GMPhotogPBI / II / III

Licentiate Accredited Members (active financial members for 15 years) add 'L' to APP: APPL. It is usual that Grand Masters have been Accredited Professional Photographers for at least 15 years. 

Image Presentation Requirements

IMAGE PRESENTATION REQUIREMENTS

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

Each year, hundreds of images are prepared for entry in the Australian Professional Photography Awards. Entries are destined to be critically appraised by judges, displayed extensively and possibly retained for archival purposes. They need to be light and compact for ease of transportation and display, of a standard size and format for ease of handling and judging and be of materials that will not damage other entries. Furthermore, as judges, peers and the public will view images, both the content and the presentation must be of a professional standard. The following notes have been prepared with these requirements in mind.

Please comply with, or ensure that any professional mounting service used complies with, these requirements when preparing your entry.

Entries not complying with these requirements may be disqualified at the discretion of the Awards Committee. Disqualified entries will not be refunded.

PRINT COLOUR AND DENSITY

Before mounting your entry, it is suggested that you check your prints for correct colour and density by viewing them under the same type of lighting as used in the judging environment.

The Awards lighting system uses two sets of 40 watt colour tubes (5000°K, CRI98), with each set of lights at 45° from the print. Light intensity is tested with a light meter set at 100 ISO from the centre of the print, pointing the incident meter towards the judge’s viewing position. The exposure reading should be 1/60 second at f2.8.

Some professional laboratories have print viewing environments that match the Awards specifications. Entrants can do the same by following the above guidelines.

IMAGE SIZE

The visible image must be a minimum of 25cm on its longest side. It can be larger, up to 40x50cm mount size. Please note that that Alternative & Historical Process category is exempt from this minimum size requirement.

MOUNTING AND MATTING

The mount size of all entries must be 40x50cm and, including the print itself, not exceed 7mm in thickness.

Each entry must not exceed 350g in weight.

OPTION 1: Flush mounted on board.

The mounted print must be 40x50cm. If a border surround is used, the visible image must be a minimum of 25cm on the longest side.

OPTION 2: Mounted on a backing board and matted behind a window mount that allows a visible image length of 25cm or more on the longest side.

Double and multiple mattes are permitted, but the total thickness of any entry, including the print itself, must not be greater than 7mm.

Mattes must be made from cardboard. Borders and frames made from wood, metal, plastic, etc. are not permitted.

Identifying marks, including printed, drawn or painted information (visual or textual), on the matte are prohibited.

The only acceptable backing/mount boards are:

  • - cardboard
  • - high-density foam core, self-adhesive mounting board.

Both window mount and backing board must be the same size, 40x50cm.

Unacceptable backing/mount boards include soft Styrofoam, core board, wood, aluminium, masonite, glass, metal and acrylic. Taping of mount edges is not acceptable.

FIXING METHODS FOR PRINTS ON MOUNTS

All prints and mounts must be affixed permanently using methods and materials that are proven to provide long-term adhesion. Many spray adhesives, transfer adhesives and glues provide only minimal or temporary fixing, and are designed for prints that will be held securely in place in a frame or album. These may not be strong enough for APPA.

Hinge mounting is not acceptable.

ACCEPTABLE FIXING METHODS AND MATERIALS

Recommended fixings are dry mounting JAC paper double-sided adhesive and commercial heat/pressure mounting techniques, available through professional framers and professional laboratories.

UNACCEPTABLE FIXING METHODS AND MATERIALS

Photographs that have been entered into other awards (e.g. AIPP Epson State Awards) must have all glue, Velcro, adhesive tape, labels, etc. thoroughly removed before being submitted to these Awards, so as not to damage other entrants’ work.

PRINT CASES - THE ONLY WAY TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRIES

You must submit your entries in an AIPP-approved print case (please note exemptions for student and overseas entrants). We have TWO print case options you can consider for purchase.

Option One: A durable, long-lasting print case as used by professional photographers can be purchased via the AIPP website here. These print cases cost $155 and they last for decades, accommodate up to 12 mounted prints at one time and require no extra packaging when sending them in the post or via courier. This is the print case to choose if you intend to enter more than one printed photography competition.

Option Two: AIPP sponsor, Bespoke Packaging, is offering cardboard print cases that are AIPP Awards Approved. You can purchase these cases directly from Bespoke Packaging here at a cost of 18.95 each (plus P & H). These cases will hold four matted prints and are re-useable for a limited period of time. You will need to make sure your case is carefully taped prior to sending it to APPA so that the case can be opened and then reused to send your prints home (that means please don't apply an overly excitable amount of tape as we need to get in and out of the case on your behalf!). This is the case to purchase if you are new to awards and testing the waters or if you are budget conscious.

Please allow at least two weeks for delivery of either case.  You should order your print case by the end of 2021 to give yourself time to receive the print case, and then submit your printed entries on time.

Students do not require a print case. It is preferable for students to submit entries in their institution’s special print case; otherwise, secure wrapping is acceptable.

Exception: Overseas entrants may send their entries without a print case. They may also elect not to have their entries returned, in which case a print case is not required. However, if overseas entrants require their prints to be returned, they must include payment for a print case for shipping, and a further $110 for shipping. If no payment is included, entries will not be returned.

Overseas Entrants’ Instructions for Shipping to Australia: To ensure that your entries are passed through Australian Customs without additional fees and taxes, please mark your Customs Declaration as follows: ‘Printed matter only. No Commercial Value.’ The AIPP will not be responsible for paying import duties or fees, and entries requiring such will not be accepted.

 

Print Case Information

PRINT CASES ARE MANDATORY

All print entries must be submitted to APPA + State Awards in AIPP-approved print cases. This is the safest way to transport your precious prints and print cases also work to keep the prints ordered and protected throughout the judging days of our awards event. 

We have provided two AIPP-approved print case options for entrants:

OPTION ONE: A durable, long-lasting print case as used by professional photographers can be purchased via the AIPP website here. These print cases cost $155 (including P + H) and they last for decades. They come equipped with foam protective layers, hold up to 12 mounted prints at a time and are easily secured with their straps and clips. You do not need to provide extra packaging or tape when sending these cases via post or courier. This is the print case to purchase if you intend to enter more than one printed photography competition. 

OPTION TWO: AIPP sponsor, Bespoke Packaging, is offering cardboard print cases that are AIPP-approved and a more affordable purchase option. You can purchase these cases directly from Bespoke Packaging here at a cost of $18.95 each (plus P + H). These cases hold four mounted prints each and are re-useable for a limited period of time. You will need to make sure your case is carefully taped prior to sending it to APPA so that the case can be opened and re-used to send your prints home. This is the case to purchase if you are new to print awards and testing the waters or if you are budget conscious. 

Please allow at least two weeks for delivery of either case type. You should order your print case by the end of 2021 to ensure you have it in your possession in plenty of time to stock it with your prints and send them to APPA before the print case deadline (Friday 25th February 2022). 

EXEMPTION: STUDENTS

Students do NOT have to send their prints in an AIPP approved print case. Instead, students may submit their work in their tertiary institution's special bulk print case OR they may send their prints as an individual entrant, securely wrapped and taped. For extra protection, students may like to consider Print Case Option Two as described above but this is entirely optional. 

EXEMPTION: OVERSEAS ENTRANTS

Overseas entrants may send their entries without a print case if they elect not to have their prints returned.  However, if overseas entrants require their prints to be returned, they must include payment for a print case for shipping, and a further $110 for shipping. If no payment is included, entries will not be returned.

Overseas Entrants’ Instructions for Shipping to Australia: To ensure that your entries are passed through Australian Customs without additional fees and taxes, please mark your Customs Declaration as follows: ‘Printed matter only. No Commercial Value.’ The AIPP will not be responsible for paying import duties or fees, and entries requiring such will not be accepted.

Fine Print: MUST READ

FINE PRINT: TERMS & CONDITIONS

This is essential reading material and contains important information for ALL entrants into the competition. Entry into the competition assumes entrants have read, understood and agreed to these terms and conditions. 

DEFINITIONS

  • ‘Commissioned’: A commissioned work is a product of a commercial agreement between a photographer and their client. Volunteer work is not considered commissioned, even when a professional agreement has been entered into.
  • ‘Self-Commissioned’: Photographs / Books intended for commercial, editorial, exhibition and / or portfolio purposes.
  • ‘Immediate family’: This includes the entrant and the entrant’s children, parents, grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, partners and their immediate family, and pets.
  • ‘Eligible entrant’: An entrant who enters four images into the one print category and therefore is eligible to win that category.
  • ‘Original capture files’: RAW, DNG, JPG or TIFF capture files with no editing or post-production techniques applied. “As shot” or “straight out of camera” files.
  • ‘Post-Production’: all editing of an element and / or entire image after the original in-camera capture.

ELIGIBILITY AND ACCEPTANCE

  • PLEASE NOTE: A CHANGE WAS MADE on 04/06/2021 TO THIS ELIGIBILITY AFTER THE RULES WERE PUBLISHED ON 31/05/2021. THIS CHANGE IS THAT IMAGES PREVIOUSLY ENTERED INTO ANY AIPP PRINT AWARDS ARE INELIGIBLE FOR ENTRY INTO APPA + STATE AWARDS 2021. THIS INCLUDES IMAGES ENTERED INTO PREVIOUS AIPP EPSON STATE AWARDS AND PREVIOUS APPAs. 
  • Images entered into a previous AIPP Epson State Awards or APPA judging are ineligible.
  • Images created from a previously-judged AIPP State Awards or APPA entry are ineligible.
  • Entries previously entered into the AIPP Silver Lining Awards or any non-AIPP photographic competition are eligible, provided they have been created in the 21st century (on or after January 1st 2000) and meet the specific rules of the category selected for entry.

PRESENTATION REQUIREMENTS

Entries must comply strictly with the image presentation requirements. Entries not complying may be disqualified at the discretion of the Awards Committee. No discussion will be entered into and no refunds will be offered if entries are disqualified for failing to comply with image presentation requirements. Entrants will not be given the chance to re-submit entries that do not meet the presentation requirements. 
Read more under Image Presentation Requirements. 

ENTRIES USE AND REPRODUCTION

  • It is the entrant’s responsibility to obtain all legal permissions required (which may include model releases, property releases and/or the copyright owner’s permission) in order to have the entry judged and possibly displayed and published. These legal permissions must be produced if requested by AIPP, or the image could risk disqualification (even after it has been judged / awarded).
  • AIPP reserves the right to reproduce, in any form or media and in perpetuity, awarded entries for publicity and educational purposes in Australia and overseas. This includes reproduction on the AIPP’s website, the AIPP awards website, the AIPP blog (“AIPP Digest”), the AIPP digital magazine ("The Journal") and for AIPP exhibitions.
    AIPP reserves the right to exhibit entrant images at AIPP exhibition events, including events held in conjunction with sponsors and / or AIPP Trade Partners, without further fee for exhibition use. Entrants agree to provide appropriate files to AIPP so AIPP may organise printing for any such exhibitions, with printing to occur at sponsor / Trade Partner / AIPP’s cost. All copyright is retained by the photographer and images on exhibit will not be sold without involvement / permission of the photographer.
  • Category winners agree that their entries may be printed as a composite, framed and presented to the sponsor. The presentation works will be produced at the AIPP’s expense. The AIPP may use the digital files provided with an entry without further contact with the entrant.
  • A category sponsor may also reproduce a category winner’s photographs to advertise or publicise their sponsorship of the category. The four photographs are to be reproduced together and credited with the full title of the award (e.g. ‘John Smith, 2021 AIPP Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year, sponsored by Sponsor’s Name’).
  • Category sponsors and the AIPP may use entrants’ images (with suitable attribution) for marketing and promotional purposes until the following APPA. The category sponsor does not have unrestricted rights to use entrants’ photographs in any other manner without written consent.
  • Entrants may not replicate or copy another artisan’s work without written consent, and must acknowledge the original creator in any promotional display of that work, including awards submissions.


DEFERMENT & CANCELLATION POLICY

If the competition is significantly and adversely affected by covid-induced lockdowns, restrictions and border closures, the AIPP National Board may make the decision to defer the APPA + State Awards event until participation in and attendance at the event can be increased. In the case of a deferment, all entry fees will be carried over by AIPP. The deferred APPA + State Awards event will take place in March 2022. 

Although cancellation is a last resort, AIPP reserves the right to cancel APPA, AIPP Epson State Awards and all associated APPA + State social events, if the competition is undersubscribed and therefore not  financially feasible. Cancellation of this event will be made public before December 1st 2021. In the event of complete cancellation, all collected entry fees will be refunded to entrants.

In terms of the Covid-19 pandemic, AIPP APPA and AIPP Epson State Awards will be run under government-stipulated covid regulations at the time of the event. If the state of Victoria is experiencing significant covid-related restrictions or a covid-enforced lockdown, the event may be cancelled for the health and general safety of entrants, volunteers, staff and the general public.

LEGAL DETAILS, RESPONSIBILITIES AND CONDUCT

The AIPP reserves the right not to display publicly entries that, in the opinion of the Board or the Awards Committee, may cause offence to the public or the subjects of an entry.

The AIPP reserves the right to reject any entries that the Awards Committee considers to be pornographic, obscene, defamatory, sexually explicit, offensive, racist, sexist, or projecting anti-social statements.

The entrant represents and warrants that the work submitted is entrant’s sole original work, with the exception of multiple-photographer books and albums, and does not infringe the copyright, moral rights or other proprietary or intellectual property rights of any third party.

The entrant must be entitled to reproduce and exploit any underlying rights in their entry and may be asked to provide proof of entitlement. The entrant indemnifies the AIPP against any loss resulting from a breach of these warranties.

If an entrant contravenes the terms and conditions of these Awards, their entry may be disqualified (without refund of entry fee) and any Awards may be reclaimed. A merit points penalty may be deducted at the Awards Committee’s discretion from an entrant’s accrued total if they are an AIPP, NZIPP or WPPI member. Non-members may be barred from entry in future years.

Award winners agree to be respectful of the AIPP and of the sponsors of the Awards. Award winners are not entitled to use these Awards to make any personal or competitive representations that may be antagonistic to the sponsors.

The Awards Committee will interpret the application of these rules and make decisions on questions not specifically covered. No correspondence will be entered into regarding any decision, but constructive feedback and comment is always welcomed. The Awards Committee’s decision is final.

Award sponsors may contact entrants from time to time with information about their products and services. After the initial contact, entrants will be given the opportunity to opt out if they wish.

The Awards Committee and/or nominated rules referee reserves the right to disqualify any entry before, during or after judging. This decision will be final and no further discussion will be entered into. Refunds will not be granted for disqualified entries. 

All enquiries should be directed in writing to the Awards Committee via awards@aipp.com.au.


THE SCRUTINEERING PROCESS


Images submitted into AIPP photography competitions may be subject to scrutiny to uphold the integrity of the competition. It is a condition of entry that entrants are able to supply all original capture files associated with their entries – failure to provide said files may result in disqualification of the entry. No refunds will be provided if disqualification occurs for this reason.

The scrutineering process is conducted prior to and during judging and sees a selection of images assessed by an independent party (in consultation with the Awards Committee) on a randomised basis, as well as more specific reviews of randomised finalist entries. Due to time constraints, fully comprehensive image reviews of all entries are not always possible. For this reason, the Awards Committee reserves the right to perform further scrutineering and / or start a detailed investigation retrospectively, which is not limited to year of entry.

Should the scrutineering process reveal the entry is in breach of the rules, terms or conditions of the competition, the entry may be disqualified at any stage (prior to, during or post-competition) without consultation with the entrant and without refund of entry fee. Any awards the image has received may be rescinded, and loss of merit points for AIPP Accredited Photographers may occur. The Awards Committee’s decision is final and further discussion will not be entered into.

The AIPP Awards Committee agrees to take all reasonable steps to ensure entries presented to the judges comply with rules, terms and conditions of the competition, however, neither the Awards Committee nor AIPP will be held responsible should be determined an entrant has broken the rules. The entrant assumes all responsibility for ensuring their entries comply with and meet the rules, terms and conditions of the competition.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA RESPONSIBILITIES

Public, online or social media attacks by an entrant on the integrity of the judges, their qualification to judge, or the process under which they act may result in the disqualification of the entrant’s entries.

If an entrant calls the judging or feedback from the judges into question in a public or social media forum, without displaying the related image to offer context to the discussion, the Awards Committee reserves the right to post the related image(s) in question to give a proper basis for discussion.

Breaches of Social Media Responsibilities may be referred to the Compliance Committee and any member found to have brought the AIPP into disrepute may have their membership reviewed.

SHIPPING

Entries must be shipped in an official AIPP print case using the printed PDF mailing label provided with the confirmation of online entry. Only one entrant’s photographs are permitted per case. Insurance is the responsibility of the entrant.
Entries will be returned pre-paid to the entrant, but only in an official print case.
A print case can be purchased via the AIPP website here or via Bespoke Packaging here. Please note there are TWO OPTIONS of print cases, you can read more under 'Print Case Information. Please allow at least three weeks for delivery.

Students do not require a print case. It is preferable for students to submit entries in their institution’s special print case; otherwise, secure wrapping is acceptable.

Exception: Overseas entrants may send their entries without a print case. They may also elect not to have their entries returned, in which case a print case is not required. However, if overseas entrants require their prints to be returned, they must include payment for a print case for shipping, and a further $110 for shipping. If no payment is included, entries will not be returned.

Overseas Entrants’ Instructions for Shipping to Australia: To ensure that your entries are passed through Australian Customs without additional fees and taxes, please mark your Customs Declaration as follows: ‘Printed matter only. No Commercial Value.’ The AIPP will not be responsible for paying import duties or fees, and entries requiring such will not be accepted.

Full List of Available Awards

AWARDS 2021

  • The 2021 AIPP Highest Scoring Print Award – The Ilford Trophy
  • The 2021 AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year
  • The 2021 Australian AIPP Achievement Award 
  • The 2021 AIPP Australian Student Photographer of the Year
  • The 2021 AIPP Australian Commercial Photographer of the Year
  • The 2021 AIPP Australian Creative Photographer of the Year
  • The 2021 AIPP Australian Documentary Photographer of the Year
  • The 2021 AIPP Australian Family Photographer of the Year
  • The 2021 AIPP Australian Illustrative Photographer of the Year
  • The 2021 AIPP Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year
  • The 2021 AIPP Australian Nature Photographer of the Year
  • The 2021 AIPP Australian Newborn Photographer of the Year
  • The 2021 AIPP Australian Pet / Animal Photographer of the Year
  • The 2021 AIPP Australian Portrait Photographer of the Year
  • The 2021 AIPP Australian Travel Photographer of the Year
  • The 2021 AIPP Australian Wedding Photographer of the Year
  • The 2021 AIPP Australian Album of the Year
  • The 2021 AIPP Australian Alternative & Historical Processes Photographer of the Year
  • The 2021 AIPP Australian Photographic Book of the Year
  • The 2021 AIPP Australian Tertiary Institution of the Year
  • The 2021 AIPP Overseas Professional Photographer of the Year
  • The 2021 AIPP Australian Epson Signature Worthy Award

AIPP, in conjunction with major sponsor Epson, will also award the following in each state and territory where minimum entry numbers are achieved:

  • The 2021 AIPP Epson (State / Territory) Professional Photographer of the Year
  • The 2021 AIPP Epson (State / Territory) Achievement Award
  • The 2021 AIPP Epson (State / Territory) Student Photographer of the Year
  • The 2021 AIPP Epson (State / Territory) Epson Signature Worthy Print
  • The 2021 AIPP Epson (State / Territory) Category Photographer of the Year (as listed below)

Categories awarded at state level where minimum entry numbers are achieved are as follows:

  • Commercial
  • Documentary
  • Family
  • Illustrative
  • Landscape
  • Nature
  • Newborn
  • Pet / Animal
  • Portrait
  • Travel
  • Wedding

"Minimum numbers" = at least three entrants entering at least four prints each into the category (ie 12 prints in total for the category.)

Minimum numbers for a category to run are three entrants entering 4 prints each - 12 prints in total. 

Major Awards: Ilford Trophy

THE 2021 AUSTRALIAN HIGHEST SCORING PRINT AWARD – THE ILFORD TROPHY

This prestigious award is for the overall highest scoring image – all entrants are eligible to win this award. 

This award applies only at a national level and is not awarded for each state. 

Major Awards: Professional Photographer of the Year

THE 2021 AIPP AUSTRALIAN PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
The 2021 AIPP EPSON SSTATE PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Being named AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year (PPY) is the achievement of a lifetime, a career milestone like no other. The only way you can earn this title is with four exceptional images that inspire and impress a judging panel of your peers.

Being named a state or territory Professional Photographer of the Year (PPY) is an incredible achievement and wonderful marketing opportunity for any professional photographer. A State PPY will be named in each of the eight states / territories. To be a State PPY, entrants must first win a print category (as listed below) at state level. 

ELIGIBILITY

  • The entrant must first win one of the eligible print Category Awards, listed below. All category winners will then be further assessed by a judging panel to determine the overall PPY winner.
  • The entrant must be a permanent resident or citizen of Australia who has resided here for a minimum of three months within the 24 months preceding the closing date.
  • Overseas, AIPP General Member and Student photographers are not eligible for this award.

CATEGORY AWARDS

The 2021 AIPP Australian Commercial Photographer of the Year

The 2021 AIPP Australian Creative Photographer of the Year

The 2021 AIPP Australian Documentary Photographer of the Year

The 2021 AIPP Australian Family Photographer of the Year

The 2021 AIPP Australian Illustrative Photographer of the Year

The 2021 AIPP Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year

The 2021 AIPP Australian Nature Photographer of the Year

The 2021 AIPP Australian Newborn Photographer of the Year

The 2021 AIPP Australian Pet/Animal Photographer of the Year

The 2021 AIPP Australian Portrait Photographer of the Year

The 2021 AIPP Australian Travel Photographer of the Year

The 2021 AIPP Australian Wedding  Photographer of the Year

Major Awards: AIPP Achievement Award (exclusively for AIPP General Members)

THE 2021 AIPP AUSTRALIAN ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
THE 2021 AIPP EPSON STATE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

This award is exclusively open to all AIPP General Members. A General Member Photographer is currently registered as an AIPP General Member at a cost of $10AUD per month. General Members include retired professional photographers or APPs, photography enthusiasts and hobbyists, emerging photographers and some overseas photographers. You can sign up instantly online as an AIPP General Member.

To win the ‘AIPP Achievement Award’ and / or ‘AIPP Epson (State / Territory) Achievement Award’, AIPP General Member photographers may enter any print category listed:

Commercial

Documentary

Family

Illustrative

Landscape

Nature

Newborn

Pet/Animal

Portrait

Travel

Wedding

AIPP General Members will be judged alongside professional photographer entrants in all categories – there will be no separate judging of General Member entries. AIPP General Members cannot win a print category, they are competing purely for:

  • The state / territory and national title of AIPP Achievement Award
  • The Illford Trophy: Australia’s Highest Scoring Print Award
  • AIPP Australian Album of the Year
  • AIPP Australian Photographic Book of the Year
  • AIPP Australian Alternative & Historical Process Photographer of the Year.

AIPP General Member Photographers require a minimum aggregate of 240 points (from eligible print categories) and must achieve a minimum of two Silver awards to qualify as a finalist for the AIPP Achievement Award. Up to five finalists, based on the highest aggregates, will be assessed by a panel of five judges in private to determine the winner.

All entries must comply with the APPA entry terms and conditions in all material respects. AIPP General Members may enter a total of nine entries into APPA with a maximum of three entries in any one print category. AIPP General Members may enter a maximum of four entries into any one of the Photographic Book, Album and Altertaive & Historical Processes categories and AIPP General Members are eligible to win the Book, Album and Alternative & Historical Processes categories.

AIPP General Member entrants need to supply their print entries in an AIPP approved print case. These print cases a one-time purchase as they last for decades and be reused indefinitely. Purchase your case here.

Major Awards: Student Photographer of the Year

THE 2021 AIPP AUSTRALIAN STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
THE 2021 AIPP EPSON STATE STUDENT OF THE YEAR

The award is open to all students enrolled at an approved tertiary institution within Australia during the current calendar year. Students must be 18 years or older at time of entry.

To win ‘AIPP Australian Student Photographer of the Year’ and / or ‘AIPP Epson (State / Territory) Student Photographer of the Year’, student photographers may enter any print category listed:

Commercial

Documentary

Family

Illustrative

Landscape

Nature

Newborn

Pet/Animal

Portrait

Travel

Wedding

Student entries will be judged separately from professional and General Member entries. Students cannot win a category, they are competing purely for:

  • The state / territory and national title of AIPP Student Photographer of the Year
  • The Illford Trophy: Australia’s Highest Scoring Print Award
  • The AIPP Australian Album of the Year
  • The AIPP Photographic Book of the Year
  • The AIPP Australian Alternative & Historical Process Photographer of the Year.

Student entrants require a minimum aggregate of 240 points from these eligible print categories to qualify as a finalist for the Student Photographer of the Year title. Up to five finalists, based on the highest aggregates, will be assessed by a panel of five judges in private to determine the winner.

All entries must comply with the APPA entry terms and conditions in all material respects. Students may enter a total of six entries with a maximum of three print entries within this six (the other three entries can be made up of Books / Albums / Alternative & Historical Processes if desired).

Students do not need to supply their print entries in an approved print case. Entries lodged in an institution case will be returned in the same case. (See ‘Shipping’, under ‘Fine Print’ for more information).

Students are required to go through the online entry process individually, not as part of their institution.

Print Category: Commercial

THE 2021 AIPP AUSTRALIAN COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
THE 2021 AIPP EPSON STATE COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

The Commercial Category is for CREATIVE EDIT images.

The Commercial category is for images that have been or could be commissioned by a business for marketing, advertising or editorial use. This includes, but is not limited to, advertising, aerial, architecture, corporate, food, industrial, fashion and sport photography. Images will have generally been created with a specific brief, often under the supervision of an agency or client representative. The subject matter isn’t the concern, but rather the purpose for which the photograph was created. Entries will be judged with a broad view in the context of a commercial photograph.

The Commercial category will be judged in three sections:

  • Commissioned
  • Self-Commissioned
  • Sport

The category is judged in three sections to assist the judges in their assessment; however, there is only one award. In order to win the 2021 AIPP Australian Commercial Photographer of the Year, an entrant must have entered the maximum of four prints into the category.

CATEGORY RULES AND REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the core rules:

  • Entries may include non-photographic elements (such as text on a page) if it was used as part of a brief, as long as the entry submitted remains substantially photographic in origin.
  • Polyptychs (diptychs, triptychs, etc.) are permitted.
  • Captioning is COMPULSORY. Entrants must provide a caption of up to 50 words to assist the judges in assessing the image in the context of its commercial application. Please see below for APPA caption guidelines and try to limit caption information to either the intended use (if self-commissioned) or the actual use (if commissioned) of the image.

The winner of the category will receive the core category trophy and the title relevant to the nature of the work entered, if requested. (For example, ‘The 2021 AIPP Sport Photographer of the Year’ can be requested if the winning submission contains four sports images.)


IMAGE CAPTIONS

A caption should provide the basic information needed to understand a photograph and its context. It should primarily cover the Who-What-Where-When and sometimes Why (‘the five Ws’) of the picture’s content.

Captions should consist of one or two short factual sentences covering the five Ws as succinctly as possible. Entrants are advised to go easy on the use of adjectives and adverbs as they can influence the way judges assess an image, and not always in a good way. There is no need to state what can clearly be seen, but if needed a sentence that provides pertinent context may be added to fully explain the image.

Print Category: Creative

THE 2021 AIPP AUSTRALIAN CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

This category recognises photographers who have skills in several areas, or who may not wish to specialise in any one category. This category is exclusively available to professional photographer entrants and is awarded at national level only. 

CATEGORY RULES AND REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the core rules:

  • Entrants with a minimum of four prints across four or more eligible categories may be considered for Creative Photographer of the Year. In order to qualify as a finalist for the Creative Category an entrant must have submitted at least one print into four different categories.
  • A ‘qualifying submission’ comprises four prints from four different categories with a minimum aggregate of 320 points and at least two prints with a Silver award or higher.
  • Up to five qualifying submissions, based on the highest aggregate score, will be assessed by a panel of five judges in private, to determine the winner of the category.
  • The winner is determined in the same manner as the individual categories, except the five finalist submissions must be taken from four or more categories.

Eligible categories to enter include:

Commercial

Documentary

Family

Illustrative

Landscape

Nature

Newborn

Pet/Animal

Portrait

Travel

Wedding

Print Category: Documentary

THE 2021 AIPP AUSTRALIAN DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
THE 2021 AIPP EPSON STATE DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

The Documentary Category is for AUTHENTIC EDIT images.

This category is for documentary, press and birth photography. It is for single-capture images and is intended to reward technical and creative excellence in photographing and presenting an authentic representation of a scene, without the use of corrective retouching or creative compositing techniques. Judges in this category are asked to consider content, composition, impact and narrative quality. Documentary photography usually chronicles events or environments relevant to both history and historical events as well as everyday life. It may also include street photography, magazine-style photojournalism or reportage on events or situations.

CATEGORY RULES AND REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the core rules:

  • The rules for Authentic Edit apply to this category.
  • All images must be the result of a single exposure of light to either film or digital sensor and must have been observed, but not fabricated or directed in any way by the photographer.
  • Captioning is OPTIONAL. Entrants may provide a caption to assist the judges in assessing the image properly but must not attempt to mislead the judges through false or inaccurate captioning. (See the caption guidelines below)
  • Polyptychs (diptychs, triptychs, etc.) are permitted, with a maximum of six images per matted print.
  • In the instance of birth photography, written consent must be obtained from each medical facility (such as hospital or birth centre) and medical/support personnel where they are easily identifiable in an image. Means of identification include both written content, such as signs, name tags, medical records and equipment, and visual content such as a person’s face and physical appearance.
  • Wedding photos are eligible as long as they are truly found, not created.

In order to win the 2021 AIPP Australian Documentary Photographer of the Year, an entrant must have entered the maximum of four prints into the category.

IMAGE CAPTIONS

A caption should provide the basic information needed to understand a photograph and its context. It should primarily cover the Who-What-Where-When and sometimes Why (‘the five Ws’) of the picture’s content.

Captions should consist of one or two short factual sentences covering the five Ws as succinctly as possible. Entrants are advised to go easy on the use of adjectives and adverbs as they can influence the way judges assess an image, and not always in a good way. There is no need to state what can clearly be seen, but if needed a sentence that provides pertinent context may be added to fully explain the image.

Print Category: Family

THE 2021 AIPP AUSTRALIAN FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
THE 2021 AIPP EPSON STATE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

The Family Category is for CORRECTIVE EDIT & CREATIVE EDIT images.

This category is intended for images that reflect what domestic photographers sell, or aim to sell, to their clients.

The Family category will be judged in two sections:

Family Corrective Edit
Family Creative Edit

The category is judged in two sections to assist the judges in their assessment; however, there is only one award. In order to win the 2021 AIPP Australian Family Photographer of the Year, an entrant must have entered the maximum of four prints into the category.

CATEGORY RULES AND REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the core rules:

  • Entries into this category must be commissioned by the family or families depicted in the entry. Your entry does not have to be the photograph you sold to your client, but it must be from the same photography session.
  • Images of members of your immediate family (see definition of ‘immediate family' in the Fine Print) are prohibited.
  • Polyptychs (diptychs, triptychs, etc.) are permitted in both sections, however, entries into Family Corrective Edit must have a maximum of six images per matted print. 

Captioning is not permitted in this category.

Print Category: Illustrative

THE 2021 AIPP AUSTRALIAN ILLUSTRATIVE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
THE 2021 AIPP EPSON STATE ILLUSTRATIVE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

The Illustrative Category is for CREATIVE EDIT images .

The Illustrative category aims to recognise photographs taken or produced to illustrate a subject or topic. The images may be conceptual or representative in nature. Examples include images taken to illustrate a magazine article, scientific publication, website or book cover, but may also be outtakes from assignments, stock photography or part of a personal project.

CATEGORY RULES AND REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the core rules:

  • Entries into this category may be commissioned or self-commissioned.
  • Captioning is OPTIONAL. A caption of up to 50 words may be provided to assist the judges in assessing your entry (see the captioning guidelines below). Entrants, for example, may wish to include a title and/or an explanation of the purpose, meaning or narrative relating to the image. Technical information may also be provided for images of a scientific or specialist nature.
  • Polyptychs (diptychs, triptychs, etc.) are permitted.

In order to win the 2021 AIPP Australian Illustrative Photographer of the Year, an entrant must have entered the maximum of four prints into the category.

IMAGE CAPTIONS

A caption should provide the basic information needed to understand a photograph and its context. It should primarily cover the Who-What-Where-When and sometimes Why (‘the five Ws’) of the picture’s content.

Captions should consist of one or two short factual sentences covering the five Ws as succinctly as possible. Entrants are advised to go easy on the use of adjectives and adverbs as they can influence the way judges assess an image, and not always in a good way. There is no need to state what can clearly be seen, but if needed a sentence that provides pertinent context may be added to fully explain the image.

Print Category: Landscape

THE 2021 AIPP AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
THE 2021 AIPP EPSON STATE LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

The Landscape Category is for CORRECTIVE & CREATIVE EDIT images.

This category is intended for landscape images that depict the natural or urban environment. Entries may be literal or interpretative or aerial. Judges in this category are asked to consider both traditional and contemporary values, photographic technique, print quality, composition and light.

The Landscape category will be judged in two sections:

  • Landscape Corrective Edit
  • Landscape Creative Edit

The category is judged in two sections to assist the judges in their assessment; however, there is only one award. In order to win the 2021 AIPP Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year, an entrant must have entered the maximum of four prints into the category.


CATEGORY RULES AND REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the core rules:

  • Entries into this category may be commissioned or self-commissioned.
  • Photographs must depict or imply the natural or human/urban environment.
  • Polyptychs (diptychs, triptychs, etc.) are permitted in both sections, however, entries into Landscape Corrective Edit have a maximum of six images per matted print. 

Captioning is OPTIONAL. A caption of up to 50 words may be provided to assist the judges in assessing your entry (see the captioning guidelines below). Entrants, for example, may wish to include a title and/or an explanation of the purpose, meaning or narrative relating to the image. Technical information may also be provided for images of a specialist nature.

IMAGE CAPTIONS

A caption should provide the basic information needed to understand a photograph and its context. It should primarily cover the Who-What-Where-When and sometimes Why (‘the five Ws’) of the picture’s content.

Captions should consist of one or two short factual sentences covering the five Ws as succinctly as possible. Entrants are advised to go easy on the use of adjectives and adverbs as they can influence the way judges assess an image, and not always in a good way. There is no need to state what can clearly be seen, but if needed a sentence that provides pertinent context may be added to fully explain the image.

Print Category: Nature

THE 2021 AIPP AUSTRALIAN NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
THE 2021 AIPP EPSON STATE NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

The Nature Category is for AUTHENTIC EDIT images
.

Nature photographs may depict wildlife and/or wilderness, both on land and under water. This category is for single capture images and is intended to reward technical and creative excellence in photographing and presenting an authentic representation of a scene, without the use of corrective or creative compositing techniques.

CATEGORY RULES AND REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the core rules:

  • The rules for Authentic Edit apply to this category. As an exception to the Authentic Edit rules for this category, focus-stacking is permitted, but only if applied to macro-photography.
  • Entries into this category may be commissioned or self-commissioned.
  • All images must be the result of a single exposure of light to either film or digital sensor and must have been observed, but not fabricated or directed in any way, by the photographer.
  • Polyptychs (diptychs, triptychs, etc.) are permitted, up to a maximum of six images per matted print.
  • Images containing man-made objects, or depicting the interaction of wildlife with humans, are prohibited and should be entered into another category.
  • This is not a category for domestic animals, zoo animals, farm animals, captive wild animals or cultivated plants.
  • Entrants must not handle the depicted wildlife or do anything to injure or distress any animal or to destroy its habitat, in an attempt to secure an image.
  • If the organisers or judges suspect that an image has been achieved through the use of cruel or unethical practices, including the use of live bait, the entry may be disqualified. The AIPP reserves the right to report the entrant to the applicable authorities.
  • Entrants are responsible for ensuring full compliance with any applicable national or international legislation, and for securing any relevant permits that may be required and which must be made available on request.

Captioning is OPTIONAL, unless focus-stacking has been used, in which case the entrant must provide a caption noting the use of this technique. In all other cases, to assist the judges, entries may be accompanied by a caption of no more than 50 words but entrants must not attempt to mislead the judges through false or inaccurate captioning. (See caption guidelines below)

In order to win the 2021 AIPP Australian Nature Photographer of the Year, an entrant must have entered the maximum of four prints into the category.

IMAGE CAPTIONS

A caption should provide the basic information needed to understand a photograph and its context. It should primarily cover the Who-What-Where-When and sometimes Why (‘the five Ws’) of the picture’s content.

Captions should consist of one or two short factual sentences covering the five Ws as succinctly as possible. Go easy on the use of adjectives and adverbs as they may influence the way judges assess an image, and not always in a good way. There is no need to state what can clearly be seen, but if needed a sentence that provides pertinent context may be added to fully explain the image.

For the Nature Category, caption information for wildlife must be accurate and may include location, species description, relevant behavioural observations and other information of interest such as whether the species is critically endangered, vulnerable or threatened per the IUCN Red List (www.iucnredlist.org). Captions may also include technical information such as specialist equipment or techniques used.

Print Category: Newborn

THE 2021 AIPP AUSTRALIAN NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
THE 2021 AIPP EPSON STATE NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

The Newborn Category is for CORRECTIVE & CREATIVE EDIT images.

This category is intended for imagery of infants up to three months of age. The judges will reward excellence in lighting, posing, composition, camera technique and original concept.

The Newborn category will be judged in two sections:

  • Newborn Creative Edit
  • Newborn Corrective Edit

The category is judged in two sections to assist the judges in their assessment; however, there is only one award. In order to win the 2021 AIPP Australian Newborn Photographer of the Year, an entrant must have entered the maximum of four prints into the category.


CATEGORY RULES AND REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the core rules:

  • ‘Newborn’ is defined as an infant up to three months of age calculated from the date of delivery if full term (37–42 weeks), or from the due date if premature.
  • Entries into this category must be commissioned by the family or families of the newborn(s) depicted in the entry. The entry does not have to be the photograph that was sold to the client, but it must be taken from the same photography session.
  • Images of the entrant’s immediate family are prohibited. 'Immediate family' is defined in 'Fine Print'.
  • Images may contain other people, including family members, pets or animals, so long as the newborn is one of the key elements in the composition.
  • Polyptychs (diptychs, triptychs, etc.) are permitted in both sections, however, entries into Newborn Corrective Edit must have a maximum of six images per matted print. 

Captioning is not permitted in this category.

Print Category: Pet / Animal

THE 2021 AIPP AUSTRALIAN PET/ANIMAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
THE 2021 AIPP EPSON STATE PET/ANIMAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

The Pet / Animal Category is for CORRECTIVE & CREATIVE EDIT images.

This category is intended for images of animals, which can include domesticated pets, farm animals, captive/zoo animals and wild animals.

Pet/Animal photography is broadly defined and can include studio portraiture, documentary, corporate, travel, creative and illustrative portraits. The animal(s) must be the primary subject of an image entered into this category. Images may contain one or more people, as long as the primary subject is the animal(s). If it could be interpreted that a person is the primary subject, the image will be better suited to another category.

The Pet/Animal category will be judged in two sections:

  • Pet and Animal Creative Edit
  • Pet and Animal Corrective Edit.

The category is judged in two sections to assist the judges in their assessment; however, there is only one award. In order to win the 2021 AIPP Australian Pet / Animal Photographer of the Year, an entrant must have entered the maximum of four prints into the category.

CATEGORY RULES AND REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the core rules:

  • Entries into this category may be commissioned or self-commissioned.
  • Images must include an actual animal within the work.
  • The animal must be discernible as such, even if the whole animal is not depicted.
  • For the purposes of these Awards, human beings are not considered animals.
  • As per the definition of Corrective Edit, lead / halter / harness removal IS permitted. See page XXX.
  • Polyptychs (diptychs, triptychs, etc.) are permitted in both sections, however, entries into Pet / Animal Corrective Edit must have a maximum of six images per matted print.
  • Captioning is not permitted in this category.
Print Category: Portrait

THE 2021 AIPP AUSTRALIAN PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
THE 2021 AIPP EPSON STATE PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

The Portrait Category is for CORRECTIVE & CREATIVE EDIT images.

Portraiture photography is broadly defined and can include family, corporate, travel, creative and interpretive portraits. Entries into the Portrait category will be judged broadly, based on content, impact and professional quality. The judges will be asked to consider portraiture in its broadest context.

The Portrait category will be judged in two sections:

  • Portrait Creative Edit
  • Portrait Corrective Edit.

The category is judged in two sections to assist the judges in their assessment; however, there is only one award. In order to win the 2021 AIPP Australian Portrait Photographer of the Year, an entrant must have entered the maximum of four prints into the category.

CATEGORY RULES AND REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the core rules:

  • Polyptychs (diptychs, triptychs, etc.) are permitted in both sections, however, entries into Portrait Corrective Edit must have a maximum of six images per matted print.
  • Captioning is not permitted in this category.
Print Category: Travel

THE 2021 AIPP AUSTRALIAN TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
THE 2021 AIPP EPSON STATE TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

The Travel Category is for AUTHENTIC or CORRECTIVE EDIT images.

Travel photography involves landscape, people, culture, customs and history. It may express or reference the feeling of a time and place, or simply portray a land and its people in their natural state. All destinations will be considered in the context of ‘travel photography’, even if the location in the photograph is the same as where the print judging is being held. Entries should communicate some aspect of travel, but the judges will be asked to interpret this broadly.

The Travel category will be judged in two sections:

  • Travel Authentic Edit
  • Travel Corrective Edit.

The category is judged in two sections to assist the judges in their assessment; however, there is only one award. In order to win the 2021 AIPP Australian Travel Photographer of the Year, an entrant must have entered the maximum of four prints into the category.


CATEGORY RULES AND REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the core rules:

  • Entries into this category may be commissioned or self-commissioned.
  • This category is for single capture images and is intended to reward technical and creative excellence in photographing and presenting an authentic representation of a scene, without the use of creative compositing techniques.
  • There should be no attempt to misrepresent reality by manipulating the image’s content, context or meaning.
  • Polyptychs (diptychs, triptychs, etc.) are permitted, up to a maximum of six images per matted print.
  • Captioning is not permitted in this category.
Print Category: Wedding

THE 2021 AIPP AUSTRALIAN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
THE 2021 AIPP EPSON STATE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

The Wedding Category is for CORRECTIVE & CREATIVE EDIT images.

This category is for wedding photography that represents industry practice, including (but not limited to) creative posing, photojournalism, post-production, storytelling and image presentation.

The Wedding category will be judged in two sections:

  • Wedding Creative Edit
  • Wedding Corrective Edit

The category is judged in two sections to assist the judges in their assessment; however, there is only one award. In order to win the 2021 AIPP Australian Wedding Photographer of the Year, an entrant must have entered the maximum of four prints into the category.


CATEGORY RULES AND REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the core rules:

  • Entries into this category must be commissioned.
  • Entries must be captured during or on the day of the clients’ actual wedding or civil union. The only exception is to accommodate cultural differences when the wedding runs over consecutive days.
  • Second shooters who have been contracted by the main photographer and/or the subjects may enter their images, providing they have retained the copyright or usage rights for the images.
  • Second shooters must have the permission of the main photographer to enter the images.
  • Second shooters may not enter an image where the main photographer directed or posed the subjects.
  • Polyptychs (diptychs, triptychs, etc.) are permitted in both sections, however, entries into Wedding Corrective Edit must have a maximum of six images per matted print.
  • Captioning is not permitted in this category.
Australian Album of the Year

THE 2021 AIPP AUSTRALIAN ALBUM OF THE YEAR

This award is presented at a national level only and is proudly sponsored by AIPP Trade Partners, Momento Pro.

Momento Pro offer a bonus prize of a $500 Momento Pro voucher in conjunction with other prizes offered for this category. 

The Album award is designed to reward the art of presenting a series of technically and artistically excellent photographs in an engaging visual narrative that tells the story of an event, person or people through personalities, emotions, characters, relationships and settings.

An ‘album’ can be defined as any bound collection of photos of a personal nature, commissioned by a client, or for private viewing – most commonly, event and portrait photography. Event photography can include weddings, engagements, formals, parties and graduations, while portrait photography can include couple, baby, individual, family, boudoir and pets. All other genres should be entered into the Photographic Book category. There are no physical requirements other than that the prints/pages must be bound.

Judges will be asked to consider excellence in photographic technique, lighting, posing, expression and composition. Further considerations will include layout, design, sequencing, storytelling, production, packaging, originality and overall impact.


CATEGORY RULES AND REQUIREMENTS

  • All photographs in an album must have been taken in the 21st century (on or after January 1st 2000)
  • Album entries are limited to four albums per entrant. These four albums must not exceed the maximum entries allowed per entrant type (eg a student entrant may enter 6 entries in total into the competition - four of these may be albums if so desired).
  • Albums will be scored and be eligible for Bronze Certificates, Silver and Gold Awards and will also accrue APPA Merit Points for AIPP Accredited Photographers and members of reciprocal organisations. All entrant types may enter this category, including students and AIPP General Members, however, this category is not eligible for the Australian Professional Photographer of the Year award.
  • Albums created by multiple photographers and or collaborators are not eligible for APPA Merit points. Only single-photographer entries are eligible for Merit Points.
  • Due to the nature of the judging process, pre-judging may take place in private. Once this is complete, final comments, discussion and scores by the judges will be conducted in public.
  • Albums will be returned, but note that they may suffer from handling during judging, packaging and freighting. The AIPP and its sponsors will not accept responsibility for loss or damage to any album, no matter how it was caused. By entering the Awards, the entrant agrees not to seek recompense from the AIPP or its sponsors in the event of loss or any damage.
  • Album entries from overseas entrants will not be returned. This is purely a logistical issue.
  • Captions are not allowable for Albums. 

HOW TO ENTER YOUR ALBUM

  • The entry fee is $60 per album for ALL entrants.
  • Enter online at aippawards.com by Wednesday 10th November 2021. Upload a cover image of your album, 3,000 pixels on the longest side, 300 ppi, Adobe RGB (not greyscale or sRGB) saved as JPEG setting 9. The filename must use the following format: your state, year, surname, first name initial and short book title, using letters, numbers and underscores only – e.g. ‘Qld2021_BlogsJ_MyAlbum.jpg’ or ‘OS2021_BlogsJ_MyAlbum.jpg’.
  • Print out a copy of the album identification labels and address labels, and place the album identification label loosely inside the front cover of the physical album.
  • Send your physical album(s) to the Sunstudios by Friday 25th February 2022. Please ensure that the album is suitably packaged for transit to and from the Awards.

AN IMPORTANT NOTE FROM MOMENTO PRO

Momento Pro are happy to print your album entries for APPA if you choose to engage them as your supplier. You must order your album before December 15th 2021 in order to make the awards submission deadline. 

Momento Pro offer an incredible discount of 40% OFF the cost of albums to be entered into APPA when you choose Momento Pro as your supplier. You can read more about this fabulous offer HERE

Australian Photographic Book of the Year

THE 2021 AIPP AUSTRALIAN PHOTOGRAPHIC BOOK OF THE YEAR

This award is presented at a national level only and is proudly sponsored by AIPP Trade Partners, Momento Pro.

Momento Pro offer a bonus prize of a $500 Momento Pro voucher in conjunction with other prizes offered for this category. 

The Photographic Book award is designed to celebrate and showcase photography in a printed and / or published publication where the photographs are the primary medium of communication.

A ‘photographic book’ can be defined as any bound collection of photos created, printed or published specifically for public viewing. It does not include publications commissioned by individuals for private enjoyment (e.g. albums). Eligible content can include travel, landscape, documentary, illustrative, commercial, portrait or editorial photography. The book may be unpublished, self-published or published by a major independent, academic or cultural institution. There are no physical requirements other than that the prints/pages must be bound.

This award is designed first and foremost to recognise the photography in the book, but due consideration will also be given to the visual narrative, design, typography, production values and packaging.

CATEGORY RULES AND REQUIREMENTS

Entrants can submit up to FOUR Photographic Books.  

The Photographic Book Award will be judged in two subcategories:

Individual Photographer 
The book must have been published within the 21st century, but the images may have been taken at any time. Books entered into this sub-category may contain an incidental percentage (5% or less) of photographs that are not the work of the entrant. Examples of such photographs would be ‘found/historical’ photographs or third-party photographs used for reference purposes or as supporting material for the primary photography in the book; also included are portraits or working photographs of the entrant taken by another photographer. All images must otherwise be 100% the work of the entrant.
Individual-photographer entries ARE eligible for APPA Merit Points.

Multiple Photographer 
The book must have been published within the 21st century, but the images may have been taken at any time.  This sub-category is for books created by multiple photographers or collaborators. 
Multiple Photographer entries are NOT eligible for APPA Merit points

With appropriate permissions, any member of the production team, including the photographer, designer, publisher or printer, may submit a book for entry.

Books can include text, typography, graphics and other design elements that enhance or complement the visual narrative.

Entries must have a connection with Australia (photographer, publisher, printer or content).

Print-to-order and limited print-run books are acceptable. An ISBN number is not required.

Judging will be by a panel of five, which may include photographers, designers, publishers and booksellers.

Due to the nature of the judging process, pre-judging may take place in private. Once this is complete, final comments, discussion and scoring by the judges will be open to the public.

Books will be eligible for Bronze Certificates, Silver and Gold Awards and will also accrue APPA Merit points where eligible. However, this category is not eligible for the Australian Professional Photographer of the Year award.  

Books will be returned, but note that they may suffer from handling during judging, packaging and freighting. The AIPP and its sponsors will not accept responsibility for loss or damage to any book, no matter how caused. By entering the Awards, the entrant agrees not to seek recompense from the AIPP or its sponsors in the event of loss or any damage.

Book entries from overseas entrants will not be returned. This is purely a logistical issue.

Captions are not allowable for Photographic Books. 

HOW TO ENTER YOUR BOOK

  • The entry fee is $60 per book for ALL entrants.
  • Enter online at aippawards.com by Wednesday 10th November 2021.
    Upload a cover image of your book(s), 3,000 pixels on the longest side, 300 ppi, Adobe RGB (not greyscale or sRGB) saved as JPEG setting 9. The filename must use the following format: your state, year, surname, first name initial and short book title, using letters, numbers and underscores only – e.g. ‘Qld2021_BlogsJ_MyBook.jpg’ or ‘OS2021_BlogsJ_MyBook.jpg’.
  • Print out a copy of the book identification labels and address labels, and place the book identification label loosely inside the front cover of the physical book.
  • Send your physical book(s) to Sunstudios by Friday 25th February 2022. Please ensure that the book is suitably packaged for transit to and from the Awards.

AN IMPORTANT NOTE FROM MOMENTO PRO

Momento Pro are happy to print your book entries for APPA if you choose to engage them as your supplier. You must order your photographic book by 15th December 2021 in order for the book to be ready in time for awards submission. 

Momento Pro offer an incredible discount of 40% OFF the cost of books to be entered into APPA when you choose Momento Pro as your supplier. You can read more about this fabulous offer HERE

Australian Alternative & Historical Processes Photographer of the Year

THE 2021 AIPP AUSTRALIAN ALTERNATIVE & HISTORICAL PROCESSES PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

This award is presented at a national level only.

This award aims to celebrate and reward excellence in imagination and craft in alternative, historical and experimental photographic processes. The purpose of this category is to provide entrants with the opportunity to produce photographic works created by alternative, analogue or experimental techniques that would otherwise be ineligible for judging in any other category. Eligible processes may include (but are not limited to) historical and analogue processes, contemporary compositing processes such as collage, mixed media, and print processes that require the use of 3D or other special glasses.

Assessment by a panel of five judges will take place in a table-top format similar to the judging procedure for the Book and Album awards. The three highest scoring entries will become finalists and will be judged by a panel of five judges to determine the category winner.  Though normal entry presentation requirements do not apply to this award, all entries into this category must be primarily photographic in nature.

CATEGORY RULES AND REQUIREMENTS

  • Alternative & Historical Process entries are limited to four per entrant. 
  • Captioning is OPTIONAL in this category. Entries may be accompanied by a caption of up to 50 words (See image caption guidelines below)
  • Entries must be predominantly photographic in content.
  • All photographic elements must be the work of the entrant.
  • Entries may include non-photographic elements or media.
  • Entries must include elements created in the 21st century (on or after January 1st 2000). 
  • Entries submitted into a previous APPA are ineligible.
  • Entries may be printed on alternative substances such as fabric, wood, glass, metal, plastic, etc.
  • Entries have no minimum size requirements, however, entries must not exceed 60x60 cm, with a maximum depth of 10cm.
  • Images will be eligible for Bronze Certificates, Silver and Gold Awards, however, this category is not eligible for the Australian Professional Photographer of the Year award.
  • Images created by multiple photographers and or collaborators are not eligible for APPA Merit points. Only single-photographer entries are eligible for Merit Points.
  • Entrants may re-photograph their submission or use the image that forms the basis for their submission to enter into another category, so long as that entry complies with that category's rules, core rules and image presentation requirements.
  • Entries will be returned, but note that they may suffer from handling during judging, packaging and shipment. The AIPP and its sponsors will not accept responsibility for loss or damage to any entry, no matter how caused. By entering the Awards, the entrant agrees not to seek recompense from the AIPP or its sponsors in the event of loss or any damage.
  • Entries from overseas entrants will not be returned. This is purely a logistical issue.

HOW TO ENTER

  • The entry fee is $60 per entry for ALL entrants.
  • Enter online at aippawards.com by Wednesday 10th November 2021 at 5pm AEDT. Upload a digital photograph of your entry (including any framing/matting), 3,000 pixels on the longest side, 300 ppi, Adobe RGB (not greyscale or sRGB) saved as JPEG setting 9. The filename must use the following format: your state, year, surname, first name initial, AltProcess, and sequential number using letters, numbers and underscores only – e.g. ‘Qld2021_BlogsJ_AltProcess_1.jpg’ or ‘OS2021_BlogsJ_AltProcess_1.jpg’.
  • Print out a copy of the identification labels, and include with your entry.
  • Send your entry(ies) to Sunstudios (the entry address) by Friday 25th February 2022.
  • Please ensure that the entry is suitably packaged for transit to and from the Awards.

IMAGE CAPTIONS

A caption should provide the basic information needed to understand a photograph and its context. It should primarily cover the Who-What-Where-When and sometimes Why (‘the five Ws’) of the picture’s content.

Captions should consist of one or two short factual sentences covering the five Ws as succinctly as possible. Go easy on the use of adjectives and adverbs as they may influence the way judges assess an image, and not always in a good way. There is no need to state what can clearly be seen, but if needed a sentence that provides pertinent context may be added to fully explain the image.

In the case of the Alternative & Historical Processes Category, a brief explanation of the process involved in the production of each image may assist the judges in better understanding the work. Please be brief but include all relevant details.

Overseas Professional Photographer of the Year

THE 2020 AIPP OVERSEAS PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

This award is open to all overseas professional photographers who are not Australian residents and is awarded at a national level only. International entrants are not eligible for AIPP Epson State Awards titles. 

Images cannot be entered directly into this category. Instead, the winner is determined in the same manner as for the individual categories.

All overseas photographers’ work will be judged within the categories listed. There will not be a separate judging.

The Epson Signature Worthy Award

THE 2021 AIPP EPSON SIGNATURE WORTHY AWARD

This award is chosen by an Epson representative for exceptional print quality.

An Epson Signature Worthy award winner will be chosen for each state / territory and nationally (9 Epson Signature Worthy awards in total).

The Australian Tertiary Institution of the Year

THE 2021 AIPP AUSTRALIAN TERTIARY PHOTOGRAPHY INSTITUTION OF THE YEAR

This award is awarded nationally only.

For the institution to be eligible for the Tertiary Award, five of its students must enter three prints each.
The aggregate of the highest five students with three prints (15 prints in total) represent the institution in qualifying for the Tertiary Award.

Students are invited to submit their images as part of a tertiary institution. To do so, they must nominate their institution on the online entry form.

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