FAQ

Can't find the answer you're looking for? Call the National Office 03 9888 4111 or email awards@aipp.com.au



Is there a cost to watch the judging in Melbourne?

No there is no cost. It is FREE to attend. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Venue information can be found HERE.



Having trouble with your login?

Check to make sure you are using the same email as registered with us for your membership, you can check this under Mange My Account > Update My Details on the members' dashboard. Your login to the awards site is exactly the same as your login to the members' dashboard, therefore if you need to request a new password you will need to do it at the AIPP first > https://www.aipp.com.au/member/login. Call the National Office if you need any help with this 03 9888 4111. 



Extra letters on my uploaded entries?

If you upload an image multiple times the system will add extra letters to help distinguish the latest version upload, please proceed with your entry.



Interested in Volunteering at APPA?

We're looking for energetic, enthusiastic, eager people to volunteer their time at APPA. This is a rewarding experience with a great team of people, you will be supplied with on the job training, a t-shirt and an experience you'll not forget. Please send an email to Sue Lewis, Awards Event Team Manager on sue.lewis@aipp.com.au for more details, we're looking for volunteers that will be available Monday 21st August through Sunday 25th of August, to assist with Breakout (opening print cases), Bump In (judging set up) or Judging (behind the scenes) in either morning and afternoon shifts. 



Does the same subject rule apply across categories?

Yes, the same subject applies across all categories. In all images entered you can't have the same subject.



Can you explain the same subject rule

2 images can't have the same subject. The subject is the focus of an image. An example of this is you can't have a bride and groom in one image and then the same bride in another image with another guest of the wedding. 



What is a core category in the APPA awards?

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



Do I need to print images for the awards?

All for categories, you need to print and matt images to be judged.



Where can I get an official print case?

Please call the national office on 03 9888 4111 to order. 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.



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 cases 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.



What is a print critique?

A print critique is held in your local state before the state and national awards. Print critique gives you an opportunity to received feedback on your images before entering them into the awards. Head to https://www.aipp.com.au/events to find your local print critique. 



What are the judges looking for? 

The judges are given the following assessment criteria to think about when judging images.
Communication & narrative skills
Imagination
Innovation
Visual & emotional impact
Technique
Lighting
Composition & image design
Timing, anticipation
Processing, post-production & presentation



I am a first-time AIPP member entrant, can you explain the process?

Please read the following page http://www.aipp.com.au/members/first-time-awards-entrant 



Do I have to do online registration or just send in physical versions of my entries?

You need to complete the online entry for all entries. This online entry is the back bone 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 4 images into the one categories or can they be split over multiple categories?

You don't have to enter all 4 images into the one category you can split them over multiple categories. At a national level, you would 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 all 4 images into one category (if accredited you will be eligible for the Category award prize).   



If I don’t enter 4 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 one 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.



How to I find my scores?

You can find your scores here http://aippawards.com 



After the awards have taken place, how long until I get my print case 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 the requirement for the minimum size of my image?

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 images is still at least 26cms.



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 and on social media. We always have a preliminary schedule before the close of entries, but it is subject to change. 



How strict is the 2 year rule?

This is a very strict rule the 2 years is from the close of entries. E.g. the close of entries for APPA is 11th August 2016 so images entered must have been taken after the 11th August 2014.



Does my fee include the return postage?

For the national awards return postage is included in the entry fee. 



Should I print my print labels in colour or black and white?

Please print your labels in colour.



Where do you suggest to have your prints printed?

There are many printers in each state the best place to ask is on the state FB community HERE and visit our Sponsors HERE