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. Email if you need any help with this.

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 for more details, we're looking for volunteers that will be available Tuesday 21st August through Monday 27th 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 still exist?

The Same Subject Rule has now been removed however, when in consideration for PPY winners Judges, as well as other factors, are asked to consider the diversity of submission when choosing a winner. It is highly recommended that all entrants strive to create a strong submission of images showing a range of photographic expertise.

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.

Diptychs, Triptychs and Series

These are all permitted unless being entered into one of the “single capture” sub-categories where only one capture is permitted.

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?

A print case can be purchased from the AIPP National Office www.aipp.com.au. Please allow two weeks for delivery. 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.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR OVERSEAS ENTRANTS: Overseas entrants may send their entries without a print case. Overseas entrants may also elect not to have their entries returned, in which case a print case is not required. However, if overseas entrants require their prints to be returned, they must include payment for a print case, and a further $60 for NZ or $110 for the rest of the world for return shipping. If no payment is included, entries will not be returned.

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
Visual & emotional impact
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 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.

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 9th August 2018 so images entered must have been taken after the 9th August 2016.

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.

If I enter a photo book, can this be sent in the print case with prints or does it need to be shipped separately?

If the photo book fits in the print case then yes send in together but if it doesn’t make sure it is packed well in a box that we can ship it back to you.



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


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