Entries to the 2024 Iris Awards have now closed.


Join us in Christchurch from 8am, Tuesday 30th July – Thursday 1st august at the Majestic on Durham, 189 Durham St South, Christchurch, New Zealand to watch the live judging – or look us up on YouTube to watch from home.


Visit the event schedule tab to see when each category will be judged.

The Iris Professional Photography Awards are the NZIPP’s commitment toward raising the profile and standard of professional photography in New Zealand.

Entering the awards offers photographers professional development opportunities that will:
» Allow you to challenge your creative boundaries;
» Extend your photographic practices and expertise;
» Provide personal achievement and professional recognition amongst your peers;
» See some of the very best of NZ’s photographic talent awarded and on display.
With strong sponsorship support and media interest, the Iris Awards are an excellent opportunity for professional photographers to leverage from as part of their business marketing.

This year’s awards event will culminate with a premier awards presentation that includes the announcement of the coveted title of New Zealand Professional Photographer of the Year.

The NZIPP Honours Council wishes you all the best for an exciting and successful year!


All professional photographers nationally and internationally – a professional is defined as a person who earns any income in the professional photography industry.

Students enrolled in and studying photography or other creative arts programmes, full or part-time, at a recognised NZ or Australian tertiary institute. Students may also enter the student category in the year immediately following the cessation of their studies providing that the entries were created during their final year of study.

The Iris Awards are the NZIPP’s commitment toward raising the profile and standard of professional photography in New Zealand.


There are Global Rules followed by Category Rules – both of which combine to form the rules you need to follow for the category.  We have outlined some key changes in the list below, but it does not cover every change so please read the full document thoroughly.

It’s important that you consider everything written under the category title as rules.

There is no longer a limit on the number of entries you can enter but only the TEN highest-scoring images will count towards Honours Distinctions for those who are eligible to earn Distinction points.

All original capture files MUST be uploaded to NZIPP’s Dropbox at the time of entry.

Images in the Commercial category no longer need to be commissioned.

The Animal category is no longer only defined as those animals that are farmed or domesticated.

Stitched images are permitted in Landscape and Nature.

There is a new category – Newborn.

Black matted prints must be sent in a clear plastic sleeve.

PDF entry ID sheets must be attached at the TOP CENTRE on the rear of your print.

We are trialling a new “full service package”, find the details here.

The Gala Dinner will again be themed this year: we look forward to seeing you at the WINTER WONDERLAND! Get your tickets from 1st May 2024 on the New Zealand Photography Show Website.


Come and watch the live judging of the 2024 Iris Awards in-person or the live feedback round of the New Zealand Amateur Photography Awards, and stick around for the New Zealand Photography Show - Work/Shop 2024 - a two-day event  offering inspiration, education, networking, and so much more!

Get yourself onto a masterclass on Sunday to fully immerse yourself in a specialised area of interest, and finish off the week at the 2024 NZIPP Gala Dinner event.



ONLINE ENTRIES OPEN: 8am Monday 15 April 2024 (NZST)

ONLINE ENTRIES CLOSE: 11.59pm Sunday 23 June 2024 (NZST)

PHYSICAL PRINT DELIVERY: From 9am Monday 8 July 2024 to 5pm Friday 26 July 2024. We cannot accept print boxes before 8 July.

LIVE JUDGING: From approx. 8am daily: Tuesday 30 July, Wednesday 31 July, Thursday 1 August 2024. Venue: Majestic on Durham, 189 Durham St South, Christchurch.


CATEGORY FINALISTS ANNOUNCED: Approx. 8pm Thursday 1st August 2024 Live at the Iris Awards Wrap Party. Venue: TBC


IRIS AWARDS GALA DINNER - WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT: approx. 7pm Sunday 4th August 2024. Venue: Secret Location in Christchurch A ticket only event. Theme: WINTER WONDERLAND. You can purchase tickets here from 1st May 2024.


PRINT CASE COLLECTION AND POSTAGE: When you enter the Iris Awards, you will need to indicate your preference to collect your print case from the venue or have it couriered to your address. Courier pickup from venue on Monday 5 August 2024.

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