Professional Documentary Photographer of the Year


Click the image above to download the 2024 Call For Entries document.



Entries must comply with the global rules and terms and conditions of the NZIPP Iris Awards.


Images that illustrate an actual event, life, an area of human interest, creating a strong visual narrative. Images that illustrate sporting events can be included in this category.
• Only single-capture images will be accepted, whether presented as a single photograph or as a series (refer Global Rule 7).
• Post-production techniques applied must maintain the authenticity of the subject or scene as captured in the original.
• Adjustments to crop, rotate, selective dodge and burn, reduce noise, sharpen, adjust colour/black and white, and minor cleaning to remove sensor dust or chromatic aberration are permitted.
• All photographs entered must have been observed, must not have had any element of the scene directed or created. If the photographer asks or directs someone to stand or sit in a particular location or pose, this would be considered ‘created’ and should be entered in another category.


• Compositing.
• Background extensions.
• Removing, shifting or adding any elements through the use of (Including but not limited to): patching, healing, cloning or content aware.
• Use of in-camera filters such as picture styles or HDR.
• Multiple exposure images.


Click the images below to:

  1. Read the Global rules that apply to each entry;
  2. Read the terms and conditions of entry;
  3. Download the full call for entries document;
  4. Link to register your entry.




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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