The winner receives a certificate, trophy and $250 cash

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

This category will be judged in two sections:

  • Illustrative Photography

  • Analogue and Historical Process Photography (formally Alternative Process)



In addition to the general rules stipulated HERE

Illustrative Section:

  • Entries into this category may be commissioned or self-commissioned.

Analogue and Historical Process Section:

  • The final artwork presented must be the first-generation output, generally made by hand in a wet darkroom environment, and not a copy of an artwork digitally edited and created on a digital output device such as an inkjet printer, laser printer or dye sublimation printer.

  • It is permissible to create a larger contact inter-negative through digital means. This may be made by inkjet printing or laser printing onto a clear film, but may not be manipulated in any way that could not be traditionally done in a wet darkroom.

Post production is limited to any changes that might be made using conventional darkroom techniques, such as spotting dust and scratches, dodging and burning, and adjusting contrast and exposure. Composite images and photos with added special effects, borders or backgrounds are not permitted.

The category is judged in two sections to assist the judges in their assessment, but there is only one Award.

The composition of the judging panels may change in order to include judges with relevant experience and expertise in each section.

The winner of the category will receive the core category trophy and the title relevant to the nature of the work entered if requested (e.g. “The 2018 AIPP State Historical Process Photographer of the Year” can be requested if the winning submission contains four historical process images).