The 2017 Epson / NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards are now over.
Please join us in congratulating the following:
NZ Professional Photographer of the Year – Richard Wood
International Professional Photographer of the Year – Kelly Tunney
Highest Scoring Print – Esther Bunning
Commercial Category – Amber Griffin
Creative Category – Mandi Lynn
Documentary Category – Tracey Robinson
Illustrative Category – Richard Wood
Landscape Category – Jackie Ranken
Nature & Wildlife Category – Nicky Kerr
Portrait Classic Category – Esther Bunning
Portrait Creative Category – Richard Wood
Student Category – Roseanne Jones
Travel Category – Jackie Ranken
Wedding Classic Category – Emily Adamson
Wedding Creative Category – Justin Aitken
We would also like to thank all our sponsors for supporting us to make the 2017 Iris Awards such a huge success:
Epson – NZ Professional Photographer of the Year / International Professional Photographer of the Year
Canon – Landscape Category
CRK – Highest Scoring Print
D-Photo – Nature & Wildlife Category
Fuifilm – Portrait Creative Category
Ilford – Portrait Classic Category
Independent Photographic Supplies (IPS) – Student Category
Leica – Documentary Category
Momento Pro – Book and Wedding Classic Categories
Nikon – Commercial Category
Olympus – Travel Category
Please join us next year from 5-7 July for the 2018 Iris Professional Photography Awards.
EPSON / NZIPP IRIS PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
The 2018 Iris Professional Photography Awards are organised by the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP) and supported by major sponsor EPSON NZ Ltd. These annual awards, open to all professional photographers, have been running for well over 30 years and celebrate the excellence of New Zealand’s professional photographers, providing a platform for recognition within the industry and the wider public.
The Iris Awards supports the commitment made by the NZIPP to raise the profile and standard of professional photography throughout New Zealand. The Iris Awards, showcasing cutting edge imagery and creative photographic talent, together with the NZIPP conference, industry trade show and Exposure (public event), form the annual INFOCUS event.
All entries are judged in an open forum over a three-day period, the best of which are awarded Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards. Everyone who enters is encouraged to attend the judging to benefit from the educational nature of the critique process. Judging sessions are also open to the general public in order to educate, inspire and inform.
With strong sponsorship support and media interest, the Iris Professional Photography Awards provide an excellent opportunity for professional photographers challenge their photographic expertise and to gain widespread exposure for the fruits of their creative labours. The premier awards, including the announcement of the coveted New Zealand Professional Photographer of the Year 2018 award, will be announced at a formal, gala, black-tie dinner on Monday 9 July 2018, Wellington.
The NZIPP Honours Team wishes you all the best for a successful year at the 2018 Iris Awards!
Who can enter the Epson/NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards?
Who is considered a professional photographer?
How many entries can I submit?
What are the categories?
There are 13 categories to choose from. This year we have introduced the Book Category.
The Book Category does have some slightly different entry requirements so please check out Pages 16 – 17 of the Call for Entries document.
How do I submit my prints?
- Login to the NZIPP website and register your entries online using the provided link.
- Print and mount your images, package and send in time for them to arrive at the specified address by 4pm, Monday 12 June 2017.If this is your first time entering the Iris Awards you will need to start by creating an entrant profile on the NZIPP website. This includes providing entrant details and uploading a head and shoulder publicity shot of yourself. Once registered you will receive an Entrant ID number that enables you to login and register your Iris awards entries. For more details, refer to the ‘Online Registration Process’document.
Can I enter digital photographs into the competition?
Why are my digital files not uploading correctly?
A digital file won’t upload if it falls outside the required specifications. Files must be:
- 4cm on longest side (3000 pixels on the longest side)
- 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, gaps or borders. 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 31 May 2015.
The one exception is the Book Category which has no time limit on when the photograhic content must have been taken, but the book itself must have been published or the design completed by 31 May 2015.
Can I enter a series of images?
Can I enter the same image twice?
Can I enter more than one image of the same subject?
Can I enter a photograph that has previously won an award in another competition?
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 download and print off. This includes an address label for you to attach to your print case (or package if a first time entrant).
Make sure you put in the return addressed labels, declaration form and tax form with your entries.
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 only be purchased at the point of Online Entry Registration.
When purchasing a print case through the Online Entry Registration, package your prints carefully and send them in. Your prints will be returned following the judging in your new print case.
Why does the matt/mount board need to be 40cm x 50cm and no more than 7mm thick?
Can I make changes to my entry after I have paid?
Can I win any prizes?
What is the Iris Awards Entry section of the Member Profile?
What currency are the fees displayed in?
What do my entry fees and handling fees cover?
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 International reciprocal rights organisations (including AIPP), entering the Iris Awards can earn merit points based on the award their images may receive, such as Gold, Silver or Bronze.
Merit points contribute towards achieving levels for NZIPP Honours Distinctions, including 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.
Only NZIPP Accredited Members or Accredited Members of International reciprocal rights organisations can be awarded NZIPP Honours Distinctions. These people can then promote and market themselves using the letters associated with each distinction level.
Further information is provided in the Call for Entries document.