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IMAGE CREATION, POST-PRODUCTION & CATEGORY FAQs

 

CAN THE SAME SUBJECT BE USED?

The purpose of the Awards is to assess and recognise visually different images entered by one entrant. While the same subject may be included in more than one entry, it is up to the entrant to ensure each entry is significantly different. While the same subject may be used more than once, if, at awards validation, two or more images are considered to be too similar, the Awards Team will attempt to contact the photographer to provide a replacement entry. If contact cannot be made in time, the Awards Team at its discretion will select one and disqualify the second image.


 

HOW STRICT IS THE 2 YEARS RULE?

This is a very strict rule the 2 years is from the close of entries. E.g. if the close of entries for the awards is August 10th, 2017 the images entered must have been taken after the August 10th 2015.


 

WHAT ARE THE RULES PERTAINING TO DIPTYCHS, TRIPTYCHS AND SERIES?

These are all permitted unless being entered into one of the “single capture” sub-categories where only one capture is permitted. 


 

WHAT ARE THE RULES PERTAINING TO DIGITAL COMPOSITING?

Entries into the all categories allow for composited images, with the exclusion of Documentary, Nature, Travel and any Single Capture sub-categories

Where further digital manipulation is allowed, digital technologies can be used to assemble images, manipulate and adjust photographic elements in any manner, but not to create new elements.

Re-photographing existing photographs or images for any purpose other than creating a supporting element or background will be disqualified, unless the existing image is the work of the entrant, 100% photographic and no older than 24 months from the Awards close of entry. Re-photographed images to create supporting elements or backgrounds either created by the entrant or by a third party (such as purchased physical backdrops, publicly displayed advertising, photographs or paintings) may help contribute to the narrative of the entry however they must not be the main subject or focus of the image. Eg. 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 it’s entirety is prohibited.

 All entrants must be able to supply a copy or proof of each element used to create the final image (to prove its photographic origin) if requested. Failure to provide such proof may result in the disqualification of the entry.


 

WHAT ARE THE PRE-PRODUCTION GUIDELINES FOR DOCUMENTARY, NATURE, AND TRAVEL?

Unless stated otherwise in the individual category rules, prohibited pre-production includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Deliberately placing an object in the frame or directing someone to stand or sit in a particular location or pose.
  • Manipulating environmental circumstances to create a predictable response from people or wildlife, this includes baiting or tethering.   

 

WHAT ARE THE POST-PRODUCTION GUIDELINES FOR DOCUMENTARY, NATURE, AND TRAVEL?

Prohibited Post-Production:

  • Compositing elements from multiple captures. An exception to this is Astrophotography, where multiple captures of the same element are required to allow enough stackable data to create a visible image. 
  • Altering the content of a picture by adding, rearranging, reversing, distorting or removing people and/or objects from within the frame.
  • Images with special effects, borders, textures and added backgrounds.
  •  Changes in colour that results in significant changes in hue, to such an extent that the colours diverge from the original colours.
  • Changes in density, contrast, colour and/or saturation levels that alter content by obscuring or eliminating backgrounds, and/or objects or people in the background of the picture.

It is not acceptable to remove things. This includes, but is not limited, to:

  • physical marks on the face or body of a subject
  • small objects in the picture
  • objects that may contravene the Nature category rules eg. fence posts or powerlines
  • reflected light spots or camera flare
  • shadows
  • extraneous items on an images border that could not be removed by cropping

 It is not acceptable to add things. This includes, but is not limited, to:

  • cloning or adding objects, details & sky or other background elements
  • painting in object details & textures
  • photo montage
  • replicating material on the border of a picture to make a neat crop possible.

 The Awards Team reserves the right to request original RAW file(s), slide(s) or negative(s) and/or to disqualify images where post-processing is deemed to have exceeded acceptable photo-journalistic practices. 


CAN I USE CONSTRAINED ANIMAL OR PLANT MATTER FOR PHOTO-MICROSCOPY IMAGES ENTERED INTO THE SCIENCE SECTION OF the NATURE CATEGORY? 

Yes, where photo-microscopy techniques are employed in the Science section of the Nature Category, the entrant must disclose any handling of the subject in the image caption.


 

 

HOW ARE ANALOGUE AND HISTORICAL PROCESS PRINTS DEFINED?

Entries are first generation prints that do not involve any form of digital output. These may include fibre-based prints from negatives, carbon prints, salt prints, gum bichromates, platinum and palladium prints, Van Dyke Browns, cyanotypes, tintypes, bromoil prints, dye transfer prints, emulsion lifts and emulsion transfers and chromogenic prints 

Negatives created via digital printing of the original image are permitted, so long as there is no manipulation of the RAW file beyond the enlargement and conversion to an inverse image ie. basic contrast and negative filtrations.


 

CAN AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS BE ENTERED IN THE SINGLE-CAPTURE LANDSCAPE CATEGORY?

Aerial photography entries into the Landscape Category MUST be entered into the Aerial Landscape section for judging. 


 

WHY CAN’T YOU ENTER ALBUMS OR BOOKS INTO THE STATE AWARDS?

At the state awards level, there are not enough entries or qualified judges to make for a satisfactory competition so we have restricted this to a national level where the competition is Australia-wide.


 

WHAT IS A CORE CATEGORY IN THE STATE AWARDS?

Core categories are Commercial, Landscape, Wedding, Portrait, Illustrative and Documentary


 

FOR THE FAMILY CATEGORY, WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF "IMMEDIATE FAMILY"?

The definition of an immediate family member includes:
  • spouse
  • de facto partner
  • child
  • parent
  • grandparent
  • grandchild
  • sibling, or
  • child, parent, grandparent, grandchild or sibling of the individual's spouse or de facto partner
This definition includes step-relations, for example step-parents and step-children.

 

 

HOW MANY ELIGIBLE ENTRANTS ARE REQUIRED FOR CATEGORIES TO REMAIN STAND ALONE AT STATE AWARDS?

All categories will be offered at all state awards. However, if less than three eligible entrants (entering 4 images each) enter a category, that category will be classed as a non-stand-alone category and will be judged as part of a suitable core category. Core categories are Commercial, Landscape, Wedding, Portrait, Illustrative and Documentary. 

Once entries have closed, if a category doesn’t have three eligible entrants, all images entered into the category will be judged in the associated core category: 

  • Portrait – Newborn, Family and Pet/Animal
  • Documentary – Travel, Nature
  • Commercial, Illustrative, Wedding and Landscape have no associated categories.

 

CAN I USE DECORATIVE MARKINGS SUCH AS BOARDERS, PATTERNS OR EMBOSSING ON THE IMAGE MAT OR IN THE IMAGE BOARDER?

No, unless the decorative elements are produced through 100% photographic technique or allowable through the specific category rules (see Commercial Category rules).


 

 

ENTRY PROCESS 

 

I AM A FIRST TIME AIPP MEMBER ENTRANT, CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE PROCESS?

Please read the following page http://stateawards.aipp.com.au/FAQ-state/first-time-awards-entrant


 

CAN YOU ENTER PREVIOUS APPA IMAGES IN THE STATE AWARDS?

No images entered into APPA previously can be entered into the state awards. 


 

CAN I ENTER MULTIPLE STATE AWARDS?

Entrants can only enter one state awards per year and this must be the entrant's state of residence or AIPP Chapter.


 

CAN NON-AIPP-MEMBERS ENTER THE STATE AWARDS?

Yes, non-members can enter the state awards. Non-members can only enter up to four images in total.


 

DO I NEED TO PRINT IMAGES FOR THE AWARDS?

The Epson State Awards are print awards and all categories require images to be printed and matt images for judging


 

WHAT IS THE MINIMUM SIZE REQUIREMENT OF MY IMAGES?

The visible image must be at least 26cms on the longest side. It is recommended to print the image slightly larger so when the matts attached the viable image is still at least 26cms.


 

DO I NEED AN OFFICIAL PRINT CASE? 

Yes, you need an official print case when entering the awards. At the national awards, we have over 800 entrants (all therefore 800 cases) so to make sure your images go back in the correct case and send back to you this print case is essential.

The only exception to this rule is if you are a student and using the educational institutions print case. If you are using the educational institutions print case all images will be returned in this print case and delivered back to the school.


 

WHERE CAN I ORDER AN OFFICIAL PRINT CASE?

Please order a print case from the AIPP Store. During peak awards periods we send print cases daily. To be safe please purchase your print case early and allow for Australia Post. Print cases are $135 plus postage.


 

DOES MY FEE INCLUDE THE RETURN POSTAGE?

For the national awards return postage is included in the entry fee.  For state awards, there is an additional fee of $15 to cover this cost.


 

SHOULD I PRINT MY PRINT LABELS IN COLOUR OR BLACK AND WHITE?

Please print your labels in colour.


 

DO I HAVE TO REGISTER ONLINE?

You need to complete the online entry for all entries.  This online entry is the backbone of the awards system and images uploaded are used in live streaming of the awards and in promoting winning entries after the awards are complete.


 

DO I HAVE TO ENTER ALL IMAGES INTO THE SAME CATEGORY OR CAN THEY BE SPREAD ACROSS MULTIPLE CATEGORIES?

Images can be entered into multiple categories. At a national level, you could be eligible to win the Creative Photographer of the Year award. The Creative category is not available at a state level. If you do enter four images into one category, and are accredited, you will be eligible for the Category award prize.   

For the state awards, accredited members are able to enter up to 12 images in total, with a maximum of four images into any one category.


 

IF I DON’T ENTER FOUR IMAGES, CAN I WIN THE CATEGORY?

If you don't enter 4 images into the one category you can't win the category. Categories can only be won by an accredited or non-member that enters 4 images into the one category.


 

IF I ENTER 1 IMAGE INTO 4 DIFFERENT CATEGORIES, AM I ELIGIBLE TO WIN A CATEGORY OR THE PPY?

No, you can't win a category at the state awards. At APPA you would be eligible for the Creative Photographer of the Year award.


OTHER FAQs

 

WHEN WILL WE KNOW THE JUDGING SCHEDULE?

We can't advise the judging schedule until after the close of entries. Once we know the number of entries in each category then the judging schedule will be announced by email, on the website and on social media.


 

WHAT ARE THE JUDGES LOOKING FOR? 

The judges are given the following assessment criteria to consider when judging images:

  • Communication & narrative skills
  • Imagination
  • Innovation
  • Visual & emotional impact 
  • Technique 
  • Lighting 
  • Composition & image design 
  • Timing, anticipation 
  • Processing, post-production & presentation

 

WHERE SHOULD I HAVE MY IMAGES PRINTED?

There are many printers in each state; the best place to ask is on the state FB pages.


 

HOW DO I FIND MY SCORES?

You can find your scores once judging is completed at https://awards.aipp.com.au under “my results”. 


 

HOW LONG UNTIL MY PRINT CASE IS RETURNED TO ME?

After the awards are completed they are sent to the post office the following day. It should take less than 1 week.


 

WHAT IS A PRINT CRITIQUE?

A print critique is held in your local state before the state and national awards.

These give you an opportunity to received feedback on your images before entering them into the awards.  

 

STILL CAN'T FIND THE ANSWER YOU ARE LOOKING FOR?

Please call the national office 03 9077 6368 or

email awards@aipp.com.au