The annual Epson/NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards is New Zealand’s only professional photography competition. The aim of these print awards is to recognise and honour the best in contemporary photography from New Zealand and overseas professionals. Organised by the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography the awards showcase cutting-edge imagery and top, creative photographic talent. The Iris Professional Photography Awards are open to all New Zealand and international professional photographers. A ‘professional photographer’ is defined as a “person who earns an income in the professional photography industry”. To support the industry’s next generation of photographers there is a Student Category, open to all students studying photography, either full or part-time, at a NZ registered tertiary institute.


Earlybird Online Entry Registration ENTRY INFO    HOW TO REGISTER
PHYSICAL PRINTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY: 5pm, Monday 13 June 2016 Absolutely NO late entries will be accepted!
Judging Venue & Dates Thursday 16 – Saturday 18 June 2016 JUDGING IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Venue: Shed 6, Queens Wharf, Wellington Waterfront
AWARDS GALA  Monday 20 June 2016 An evening to celebrate the achievements of awardees with the announcement and presentations of the Iris Awards major award winners. Dress: Black tie (please wear your gongs if you have them) Pre-bookings only

Come view the judging / Shed 6, Queens Wharf, Wellington Waterfront, Wellington.

The Epson/NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards judging is open to the public from 16 – 18 June 2016. We welcome anyone to come and see the judging in action!


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Who can enter the Epson/NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards?
Anyone who is a professional photographer, that earns an income in the professional photography industry. You don’t have to be a member of the NZIPP to enter, though the entry fees are significantly more beneficial if you are either a Provisional or Accredited Member of the NZIPP Institute. There is a Student Category for any full or part-time student enrolled on a recognised photography programme.
Who is considered a professional photographer?
You are considered a professional photographer if you earn an income from photography. It is not a requirement to belong to a professional photography organisation, however the fee structure benefits those who are members of the NZIPP or reciprocal rights overseas organisations (including AIPP).
How many entries can I submit?
You can submit a maximum of 10 entries, with a maximum of 4 entries allowed for each of the main categories. Only 2 entries can be submitted into the Student Category.
How do I submit my images?
First, log on to the NZIPP website and register your entries online using the provided link. Second, print and mount your images, package and send in time for them to arrive at the specified address by 5pm, Monday 13 June 2016. If this is your first time entering the Iris Awards you will need to start by registering on the NZIPP website. This involves creating an NZIPP (entrant) profile and uploading a publicity shot of yourself. Once registered you will receive an NZIPP Entrant/Membership number that enables you to log on and register your Iris awards entries. For more details, refer to the ‘Online Registration Process’ document.
Can I enter digital photographs into the competition?
All categories require the submission of physical prints for judging. However, you are required to upload digital files of your entries as part of the Online Entry Registration process.
Why are my digital files not uploading correctly?

A digital file won’t upload if it falls outside the required specifications. Files must be:

  • 25.4cm on longest side (3000 pixels on the longest side)
  • 300dpi
  • RGB colour mode
  • Adobe RGB (1998)
  • JPEG, Baseline 8 (Standard)
What size does my print need to be?
The ‘visible portion’ of an image, inside any matting, must be no smaller than 26cm on the longest side. For images presented as a series, the combined length of the ‘visible portion’ of all the images must be no smaller than 26cm along the longest edge. ‘Visible portion’ refers to the image itself and excludes any negative space or border. The largest print size accepted is 40cm x 50cm, which is the required size of the matt/mount board.
Is there a time limit that images need to have been taken within?
Yes, images entered must have been taken since 1 June 2014.
Can I enter a series of images?
Yes, most categories allow for the submission of a series, refer to the rules for each category. A series consists of two or more images presented together on a single matte board.
Can I enter the same image twice?
No, you cannot enter the same image into more than one category.
Can I enter more than one image of the same subject?
No, you cannot enter more than one photograph of the same subject.
Can I enter a photograph that has previously won an award in another competition?
You can’t enter a photograph that has previously been entered into any previous Iris Professional Photography Award. You can enter a photograph that has been entered into other competitions, such as the APPA’s, International Loupe Awards, etc.
Where do I send my prints?
When you have completed your Online Entry Registration you will receive a series of forms and labels for you to print off. This includes an address label for you to attach to your print case or package.
Do I need a print case to send my entries in?

Yes, prints are required to be sent in an official print case. These can purchased through:

  • Chris Parker – Email Chris. Allow at least 3 weeks prior to the entry deadline to arrange this.
  • Selecting the “Print Case” option during the Online Entry Registration process. Simply, send your prints in for judging carefully packaged and your prints will be returned to you in your new print case after the judging.
Why does the matt/mount board need to be 40cm x 50cm and no more than 7mm thick?
This is to ensure the prints fit accurately into the judge’s print viewing panel when judging takes place. It also gives consistency when judges are assessing entries – the image becomes more important than how it is presented for a fairer judging process.
Can I make changes to my entry after I have paid?
No, entries cannot be altered once payment has been made. Make sure you check your entries carefully before finalising payment.
What is the Iris Awards Entry section of the Member Profile?
This area allows you to view your entry submissions and to download PDF’s of the receipts and labels. The receipt and label PDF’s cannot be accessed after the close of online entry registration – 7am, 6 June 2016.
What currency are the fees displayed in?
All entry fees and handling fees, in the Call for Entries and Online Registration Process, are in $NZ.
What do my entry fees and handling fees cover?
Entry fees cover the cost of judging entries, including such things as the venue, equipment hire, specialist IT support, prizes and maintenance of the judging system. Handling fees cover the cost of the operating and maintaining the online registration system, costs of print case delivery from the collection point to the venue, print handling costs during the event and the return cost of print cases to entrants. All the people working/assisting at print judging do so on a volunteer basis.
Where will my images be used/shown?

All entrants are required to sign a declaration and release form as part of the entry process. Entrants retain copyright of their images at all times. To promote NZIPP and the Iris Awards, the creativity of professional photographers and the sponsors supporting the event, a selection of award winning images are chosen to be used in the:

  • Iris Awards Gallery, held during the print judging event
  • NZIPP Iris Awards online gallery
  • Iris Awards Touring Print exhibition
  • Epson/NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards book

Award sponsors also receive the rights to use award winning images for their own promotion/marketing. These are all great opportunities to gain exposure for your work and build your public profile.

How does the points and Distinction system work?
NZIPP Accredited Members, Provisional Members, and members of reciprocal rights overseas organisations (including AIPP), entering the Iris Awards earn points based on the award their images may receive, such as Gold, Silver or Bronze. Points earned accumulate towards achieving levels for NZIPP Honours Distinctions – Associate, Master, Fellow and Grand Master. The NZIPP distinctions reflect the enormous efforts, and commitment to professional development, a member has made, over many, many years, to achieve and reach the highest of standards and creativity within their photographic work. Further information is provided in the Call for Entries document. Members can promote and market themselves using the letters associated with each distinction level.
Where can I get more information on the Awards?
All the information you will need to enter the awards can be found in the 2016 Epson/NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards, Call for Entries document. Read this thoroughly as NZIPP take no responsibility for entries disqualified for not meeting all entry criteria.
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