Unless stated otherwise under the category rules, the following applies to all entries:


  • Entries must be 100% photographic in origin.
  • All elements in an entry must be the work of the entrant.
  • The use of third party imagery such as stock photography (including skies, borders, backgrounds or textures) is prohibited.
  • Entries must be from original exposures made within the last 24 months of the closing date.
  • All images captured, retouched, digitally edited or printed over the duration of a workshop, tutorial, or similar where the primary focus of the event is for education, are ineligible. This is irrespective of whether the image submitted was captured or created under the direct instruction of the educator/presenter or not. This rule only applies to attendees of workshops, tutorials and educational/training events. Instructors, students, emerging members, and attendees of photo-tours where the primary focus is not educational, are not restricted.


  • The purpose of the Awards is to judge and reward visually impactful images. While the same subject rule may have been removed, it is recommended that each entrant submit images that are significantly different.
  • Judges tend to generally score higher for images that are innovative and creatively fresh, so be aware that a repetitive concept or subject is likely to quickly lose favour with the judges.
  • Entries that have been plagiarised, either knowingly or subconsciously, will be disqualified. Plagiarism is where you copy another photograph, painting or image and all or a significant number of the key elements are the same (e.g. same subject, same location, same pose, same crop, same post-production). Copying or being inspired by a style, pose or subject from which you create your own entry is not considered plagiarism.


  • If supplying files to a printing service, the entrant must ensure that the service provider does not make any adjustments beyond minor global colour, brightness and contrast adjustments to match the image file to the printed media.
  • All post-production must have been completed by the entrant or under their explicit instruction.
  • When completing the online entry form, entrants must acknowledge any editor, retoucher, printer and/or other contributors who had any involvement with the preparation of the entry.
  • No titles or marks that identify the entrant are permitted on the front of the entry. Non-photographic copy/text may only be included when stipulated in the category rules and requirements.
  • Analogue photos can be entered into any category. There is a special section for analogue and historical process entries in the Illustrative category but they may be entered into any category so long as they comply with the rules of that category. The exception of the minimum size requirement may be applicable to analogue photos where the process involved produces a result that is dictated by the film size of the camera used.
  • Further information on Composites and Digital Manipulation can be found here



This category is for wedding photography that represents industry practice including but not limited to creative posing, photojournalism, post-production, story-telling, and image presentation.

The Wedding Category will be judged in two sections:

  • Wedding Open
  • Wedding Single Capture



In addition to the general rules stipulated above

  • Entries into this category must be commissioned
  • Entries must be captured during or on the day of the clients’ actual wedding or civil union. The only exception is to accommodate cultural differences when the wedding runs over consecutive days. 
  • Second shooters who have been contracted by the main photographer and/or the subjects may enter their images. However, the second shooter may not enter an image where the main photographer directed or posed the subjects.

Wedding Open Section:

  • Wedding Open entries may entries may use all post-production techniques, including the use of multiple images or elements to produce the entry.
  • If several photographic elements are used, all the elements must have been taken at the same wedding or civil union with the exemption of borders and textures.

Wedding Single Capture Section:

  • Wedding Single Capture entries may use all post-production techniques excluding the addition of new elements to the original capture, including borders and textures.
  • The repetition of the same single capture, either in full or part, is not permitted, however minor cloning and healing-brush work is acceptable.
  • Single capture images are defined by one exposure of light to the sensor or film. In camera multiple exposures are not permitted.

Photojournalistic images may be suited to either the single capture section of the Wedding Category or the Documentary Category if they conform to the category rules.

Although the Category is judged in two sections to assist the judges in their assessment, there is only one Award.