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NZ Family Photographer of the Year

The Family Category champions the excellence, innovation, creativity and technical mastery present in the real photographic work that professional family and portrait photographers produce within their day-to-day practice.
Emotional impact, connection and evidence of strong communication between the photographer and the subject(s) will be considered as key ingredients in this category.
Entries must have been commissioned by the family portrayed in the image;
An entry is not required to have been the photograph sold to your paying client, but it must be from the same photographic session;
Entries should represent the highest level of photographic excellence, based on either contemporary or traditional family portraiture, including portraits of individuals;
Includes newborns, babies, pets with their humans, and family members of all ages and stages, created through posed, moment-based, studio or environmental portraiture;
Birth photography may be more suited to other categories such as Documentary. Images of pets on their own (without humans) may be better suited to the Portrait categories;
Photographs of the entrant’s immediate family are excluded. Immediate family refers to yourself, children, parents, grandparents, grandchildren, siblings and their immediate family and pets (including members of blended families);
An entry may be presented as a series, such as diptychs, triptychs, etc;
Except where specified as permitted above, entries must comply with all rules, entry terms & conditions, and the Open – Composite entry criteria;
When naming your entry, use the Category Code – FA.


Permitted post-production techniques:
All forms of post-production
Composite images
Textures and borders (100% photographic)
Use of entrant-created presets and/or third-party presets/plugins, such as, Nik, Luminar, etc.

Permitted camera techniques:
All forms of in-camera techniques including any form of multiple exposure.

Third-party bought or downloaded digital backdrops are not permitted;
Third-party backdrops with identifiable elements created or sold for the purpose of being photographed are not allowed;
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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