2020 CORE RULES & REQUIREMENTS

CORE RULES & REQUIREMENTS

UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED IN SPECIFIC CATEGORY RULES, THE FOLLOWING RULES AND REQUIREMENTS APPLY TO ALL ENTRIES.

1. ELIGIBILITY

• 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.

• 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.

2. 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 24 months preceding the closing date.

• 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. 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, AIPP Members, and attendees of photo-tours where the primary focus is not

educational are not restricted from entering.

3. 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.

• 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.

4. CREATION

• 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.

• All post-production must have been completed by the entrant or under their explicit instruction.

• When completing the online entry form, entrants must acknowledge any editor, retoucher, 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.

• Analogue and Historical images can be entered into any print category, so long as they adhere to the

image presentation requirements outlined on pages 31-34. 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. This includes minimum print size of 25cm along the longest side.


IN 2019, THE TWO MAIN SUB-CATEGORIES INTO WHICH PRINTS COULD BE ENTERED

WERE OPEN AND SINGLE CAPTURE. IN 2020, ALL PRINT ENTRIES WILL NOW FALL INTO

ONE OF THREE SUB-CATEGORIES, AS FOLLOWS:

5. 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 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. Focusstacked

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 will be disqualified. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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 24 months preceding the Awards closing date. 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 during the 24 months preceding the Awards closing date.

• 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.


Read the Rules in FULL here.