NZIPP Documentary Photographer of the Year


The Documentary Category is for PURIST entries

Photographs that recognise the genre of documentary photography, and depict some aspect of the human condition. Entries may include: press, news, events, street, travel, birth, sport and wedding photography. This category is intended for thought-provoking images of real life, interesting people, places and other non-fiction stories.
All photographs entered must have been observed, must not have had any element of the scene directed or created, and should be captured without the intervention of the photographer. 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.
» Entries may be commissioned or self-commissioned.
» There must be no attempt to misrepresent reality by disguising elements or manipulating the content,
context or meaning through editing or post-production. Post-production techniques applied must not obscure or eliminate elements, affect the authenticity of the original image, or create an effect not authentic to the original RAW capture.
» An entry may be presented as a series, such as diptychs, triptychs, etc.
» In-camera multiple exposures are permitted where their use adds a layer of storytelling (an example of this is the work of Daniella Zalcman)
» Except where specified as permitted above, entries must comply with all rules, entry terms & conditions, and the In-Camera – Purist entry criteria.
» An optional caption of up to 15 words may be supplied at the time of entry registration. The caption must provide judges with only the basic information needed to understand the photograph; covering the who, what, when, where and or why of the entry’s content and context .

The in-camera categories are intended to reward technical and creative excellence in photographing and presenting a representation of a scene, through in-camera capture and without the use of compositing techniques. Post-production
techniques applied must not obscure or eliminate elements, nor create an effect which is not present in the original RAW

In-Camera Capture
The capture of a single scene by the photographer as recorded on the sensor, film or plate. Entries must remain true to the original capture with no compositional changes, except cropping.

In-Camera Multiple Exposure
Images produced as double or multiple exposures using frames captured in sequence, directly in the camera, in the same place and at the same moment.


Permitted post-production techniques:
• Tonal control - exposure, contrast
• Colour control - saturation, vibrance, hue, temperature
• Black & white conversion
• Subtle vignette
• Elimination of dust spots and scratches
• Sharpening
• Cropping
• Minimal adjustments made in Lightroom, RAW, auto adjustments
• Noise reduction

Permitted camera techniques:
• In-camera capture
• Direct capture to Polaroids and Plates - will require digital reproduction
• In-camera multiple exposure, with frames captured in sequence

• Use of third-party presets/plugins, such as Nik and Luminar, are not permitted
• Use of in-camera filter captures

Make sure your image fits the category rules above.

Click here to download the "Preparing your files" section. All entrants need to follow these instructions to enter through our online entry portal.

Decide if you want to enter a digital image, or a physical print. Download the specific information for preparing digital or print entries below.

Download the information for digital entries here.

Download the information for physical prints here.



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