FAQ

FAQ


CAN THE SAME SUBJECT BE USED?

The purpose of the Awards is to assess 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, during the scutineering process, two or more images are considered to be too similar, the Awards Committee may attempt to contact the photographer to provide a replacement entry. If contact cannot be made in time, the Awards Committee, at its discretion, will select one and disqualify the second image.

WHAT IS A CORE CATEGORY IN THE EPSON STATE AWARDS?

Core categories are:

(1) Commercial

(2) Landscape

(3) Wedding

(4) Portrait

(5) Illustrative

(6) Documentary; and

(7) Travel.

All categories will be offered at all Epson 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. 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 (8), Family (9) and Pet/Animal (10)
  •        Documentary – Nature (11)
  •        Commercial, Illustrative, Wedding, Travel and Landscape have no associated categories.

 

HOW STRICT IS THE TWO-YEAR RULE?

This is a very strict rule, with the 2 years being from the Close of Entries date. For example, if the Close of Entries for the Awards is August 10th, 2020 the images entered must have been taken AFTER August 10th 2018.

WHAT ARE THE THREE SUB-CATEGORIES FOR THE AWARDS?

Last year, the two sub-categories used were Single Capture and Open. These have been discontinued and will not be used moving forward.

In 2020, the AIPP has introduced THREE NEW SUB-CATEGORIES. These are:

Authentic Edit
Corrective Edit
; and
Creative Edit.

Authentic Edit replaces ‘Single Capture’ and applies to Documentary, Nature and Travel. Post-production is restricted. 

Corrective Edit is a new category. It is for images that are captured with one actuation of the camera’s shutter but where some further post-production has been required, such as the removal of elements such as leads or hands that have been used for safety purposes. 

Creative Edit replaces ‘Open’ and allows for all types of creative editing, including compositing. Digital technologies can be used to assemble images, manipulate and adjust photographic elements in any manner, but not to create new elements.

Please click HERE to read the detailed rules of each Sub-Category.

Please note that 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. 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 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) as a part of the entry process. Failure to provide such proof may result in the disqualification of the entry.

Please click HERE to read more specific Compositing FAQs.

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 LANDSCAPE CATEGORY?

Yes. This year aerial photographs can be entered into Landscape: Corrective Edit for single capture photographs with little post-production or Landscape: Creative Edit for composite aerial images.

There is no longer a stand-alone Landscape: Aerial category.

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.

All entrants are welcome to submit a photographic book and / or album at APPA 2020. Seeding and qualifying do not apply to these categories so they are open to all entrant types. Read more when the APPA Rules are released shortly.

WHAT ARE THE RULES PERTAINING TO POLYPTYCHS?

Polyptychs (diptychs, triptychs etc) are allowable across all categories.

Authentic and Corrective edit categories have a maximum of six images per matted print AND each image displayed on the matted print must be single-capture.

Creative edit categories have no restrictions on the amount of images on one matted print


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.

CAN I USE DECORATIVE MARKINGS SUCH AS BORDERS, 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, WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?

Firstly, welcome! We are delighted to have you as a new entrant to the AIPP Awards. Please read the following page for more information: 

DO I HAVE TO SUBMIT MY RAW FILES IN 2020?

Yes, you do - ALL entrants must submit all RAW files for all entries. Files may be scrutineered prior to the Awards to check for eligibility and adherence to all Core Rules. 

In 2019 we trialled submitting RAW files via USB and, at APPA, via Dropbox link. The Dropbox link method was far more time effective and is the method the AIPP have adopted moving forward.

In 2020, you are asked to submit your RAW files via a Dropbox link. Instructions for how to complete this process are included in the State Awards Rules on pages 7 & 8 (Click HERE). 

Links for submitting your RAW files are here:
ACT Dropbox Link
NSW Dropbox Link
WA Dropbox Link
NT Dropbox Link
QLD Dropbox Link
VIC Dropbox Link
TAS Dropbox Link
SA Dropbox Link

If you cannot upload your files via Dropbox, please contact Awards Admin at awards@aipp.com.au so we can organise an alternative method of delivering your RAW files.


CAN YOU ENTER PREVIOUS APPA IMAGES IN THE EPSON STATE AWARDS?

If your images have previously been entered into APPA they CANNOT be entered into your State Awards. 

CAN I ENTER MULTIPLE EPSON STATE AWARDS?

Entrants can only enter ONE Epson State Awards per year and this must be the entrant's state of residence or AIPP Chapter.

CAN NON-AIPP-MEMBERS ENTER THE EPSON STATE AWARDS?

Yes, non-members can enter the Epson State Awards. Non-members can only enter up to four images in total.

To enter the awards as a non-member you must be a professional photographer. A professional photographer is defined as 'a photographer who has an ABN and earns an income from the profession of photography'. You can also be a non-Member student. A Student is a person 18 years old or over who is currently enrolled in an approved tertiary institution in the current calendar year. 

DO I NEED TO PRINT IMAGES FOR THE EPSON STATE AWARDS?

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

WHAT IS THE MINIMUM SIZE REQUIREMENT OF MY IMAGES?

The visible image must be at least 25cms on the longest side. It is recommended to print the image slightly larger so when the matt is attached the visible image is still at least 25cms. There are further details on image requirements on pages 32 - 33 of the 2020 AIPP Epson State Awards Rules You can also click HERE to read more about image size requirements. 
 

DO I NEED AN OFFICIAL PRINT CASE? 

Yes, you need an official print case when entering the Epson State Awards. The print case is the safest and most practical way to transport your prints.

The only exception to this rule is for students, who are not expected to buy a print case. Students may use their Educational Institution’s print case. If you are using the Educational Institution’s print case all images will be returned in this print case and delivered back to the school. If you are entering as a student on your own, please carefully package your prints as securely as possible before sending them to your competition.  

WHERE CAN I ORDER AN OFFICIAL PRINT CASE?

Please order a print case from the AIPP Store or call 1300 685 334 to speak to an Admin Member and place your order.

During peak awards periods we send print cases daily. To be safe please purchase your print case early and allow for Australia Post postage times (minimum five working days).

DOES MY AWARDS ENTRY FEE INCLUDE THE RETURN POSTAGE?

For State, you are asked to select if you would like to have your case posted back to you. This incurs a cost of $17 to cover postage and handling. Some States offer print case pick-up points after the awards - check with your Council if this is a possibility. Please note that print cases cannot be removed from the judging venue individually (that is, you can’t take your case home yourself after judging).  

At our National Awards, APPA, postage is compulsory for all entrants and is included in the cost of your entry fee. There are no additional postage charges.

WHERE SHOULD I PLACE MY PRINTED LABELS?

Please print your labels in colour and affix them firmly on to the TOP LEFT HAND SIDE of your print. This tells our print-handlers which way to orient your print prior to judging so it is important to remember!

Labels can come loose if they have been hung in an Awards Gallery. Using sticky tape is strongly encouraged over glue.

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.

Enter here: https://awards.aipp.com.au.

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, however, if you do enter FOUR images into one category, and are accredited, you will be eligible for the Category Award prize.   

For the Epson 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?

No, if you don't enter four (4) images into the one category you can't win the category. Categories can only be won by an Accredited Member or Non-member Professional that enters four images into the one category.

 

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 look is on your own State’s Awards Page where we will have a list of recommended printers for you shortly. 


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 not take any more than two weeks after the Awards for your print case to arrive. Please send an email to awards@aipp.com.au if your print case has not arrived by this time.

WHAT IS A PRINT CRITIQUE?

A print critique is held in your local state before the state and national awards. A print critique session gives you an opportunity to receive feedback on your images before entering them into the Awards.  

Your State Councils will organise and advertise these events.


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


The best course of action is to send an email with your question to awards@aipp.com.au. This email is checked daily all year.

You can also call the Awards Phone on 0458 887 737 from March – September. If the call is not answered, please leave a detailed voice message or feel free to put your question into a text to send to the same number. Awards Admin will respond as soon as possible.