Documentary

THE 2019 AIPP STATE DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

THE WINNER RECEIVES A CERTIFICATE, TROPHY AND $250 CASH.

This category is for documentary, press and birth photography. Judges in this category are asked to consider content, composition, impact and narrative quality. Images should depict some aspect of the human condition.

CATEGORY RULES AND REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general rules stipulated on page 4:

  • All images must have been observed, but not fabricated or directed in any way by the photographer.
  • Entrants may provide a caption to assist the judges in assessing the image properly. (See the caption guidelines on page 6.)
  • Entries may be commissioned or self-commissioned.
  • Photographs must be the result of a single exposure of light to either film or digital sensor.
  • Focus stacking, HDR, panoramic stitching and multiple exposure techniques are prohibited.
  • Polyptychs (diptychs, triptychs, etc.) are permitted.
  • The entrant must ensure that there is no attempt to misrepresent reality by manipulating the image’s content, context or meaning through image editing or post-production.
  • Post-production is limited to minor adjustments such as spotting dust and scratches, dodging and burning, and adjusting tonal and colour values. Elements or areas within the image cannot be removed or covered up, nor may new elements be added. Cropping the image is permitted, as is conversion to black and white. (See the post-processing guidelines on page 6.)
  • The Awards Committee reserves the right to request original raw file(s), transparency(ies) or negative(s), and/or to disqualify images where post-processing is deemed to have exceeded acceptable photo- journalistic practices.
  • 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.