Qualifying and Seeding for APPA 2019

'Qualifying’ and ‘Seeding’ are terms that relate to the AIPP’s Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA), the nation-wide photography awards the Institute holds annually. In 2019, APPA will be held at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney on August 10, 11 and 12. You can read more about APPA HERE.

The AIPP APPAs are open to all Australian Professional, Emerging and Student photographers who:
       •   are seeded; or
       •   are qualified; or
       •   are wildcard recipients; or
       •   have been directly invited.

A Professional Photographer, for the purposes of these Awards, includes:
       •   an AIPP accredited professional photographer; or
          a photographer who earns (or has earned in one of the past three years) more than AUD$20,000 per annum from the profession of photography.
An Emerging Photographer is an Emerging Member of the AIPP.
A Student Photographer must be currently enrolled and studying photography at an approved tertiary institute within Australia.


A seeded photographer is an AIPP accredited member or professional who has achieved one or more Silver awards, or earned a full merit point, at APPA in the last five years, or has achieved Associate, Master of Photography or Grand Master of Photography status. If you are unsure if you are seeded, please email awards@aipp.com.au.


If you are not seeded, you can ‘qualify’ through the 2019 Epson State Print Awards.

To qualify, students must achieve at least one score of 80 or higher, and all other entrants must achieve at least two scores of 80 or higher, at the 2019 Epson State Print Awards.

You can choose to enter the same – or completely different – entries for APPA. After your Epson State Awards, if you are unsure if you have qualified, check your results on www.aippawards.com or email awards@aipp.com.au.


To encourage our established awards entrants to enter their local Epson State Awards, all members who currently hold an APPA Achievement of Associate, Master of Photography or Grand Master of Photography will be rewarded with a 25% discount off their 2019 State Awards entry fee.

If you qualify for APPA through your local Epson State Awards, you will receive a 25% discount off your 2019 APPA entry fee.



If you are not seeded, but believe you should be treated as though you were, tell us why and our Awards Committee will consider your circumstances with the possibility of offering you a wildcard direct entry into APPA.

The types of circumstances which may give rise to a wildcard entry are:
       •   Illness – preventing you entering your Epson State Awards
          Financial Hardship – if your business is suffering financial hardship, you can discreetly let us know and apply for a wild card entry into APPA.

Please submit your wildcard request to awards@aipp.com.au. All wildcard requests must be submitted in writing by Friday 5 August 2019. No requests will be accepted after this date.