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NZ Expressive Photographer of the Year


An expressive and freestyle photographic category that celebrates entries created for personal experimentation and/or exhibition purposes. Entries may include historical or more traditional photographic techniques, such as film-based processes, cyanotypes, glass plates, tin-types, polaroids, collage, etc. This category is all about rewarding exploration of imagination, giving entrants the opportunity to create work that might be ineligible for entry in other categories.

Entries may be commissioned or self-commissioned;
Only physical entries will be accepted for the Expressive Category;
Entries must be predominantly photographic in content and foundation;
Books may be entered into this category;
All elements must be the work of the entrant, the only exception being supportive non-digital, mixed-media content, such as paper, paint, ink, clay, thread, wood, wax, and found objects. For the purpose of these awards, found objects refer to natural or human-made objects or fragments of an object;
Entries may be accompanied with an optional caption of up to 30 words, used to assist judges in assessing the context and/or specific techniques used. Include your caption in the metadata of the images as per instructions on Page 28;
Except where specified as permitted above, entries must comply with all rules, entry terms & conditions, and the Open – Mixed Media entry criteria;
When naming your entry, use the Category Code – EX.


Online registration of entry (please also read the ‘Entry Preparation & Online Entry Guide’ section):
A single, high-quality photographic image of the final work, including book entries, must be uploaded for all Expressive Category entries as part of the online entry registration.
BOOK ENTRIES – The single image may be the cover or any page from the book that best represents your entry.


Permitted techniques:
All forms of in-camera techniques
All forms of post-production techniques
Analogue processes (contemporary and historical) – will require digital reproduction
Digital processes (contemporary and historical)
Collage, mixed media, and typeface

Third-party digital backdrops are not permitted
Third-party photographic elements are not permitted
Use of audio or digital presentation formats, such as video and projection, are not permitted
Excludes the use of computer generated elements, (eg. where the computer automatically renders an element such as a person, landscape, sky or other item that the camera did not capture).



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