IRIS AWARDS JUDGING

IRIS AWARDS JUDGING
All entries are judged anonymously.
Judging is carried out by panels of five respected judges. A panel chair facilitates the judging, which in turn is overseen by the NZIPP Honours Council.
Judges are selected based on their experience, historical and contemporary photographic and arts knowledge, their genres of expertise, and ability to articulate their thoughts.
Judges independently assess an entry, scoring it out of 100, to reach an average initial score. A debate occurs when one or more judges have scored outside of the initial average range, and they make a challenge to this initial score. During the debate judges present their opinions on the entry. Following debate, the entry is re scored, from which the final score is attained.
Entries receiving a score on the cusp of another award range (79 or 89) are immediately reviewed. Judges are then asked to decide if the entry remains at that score, or moves to the next award range (80 or 90).

FINALISTS & WINNERS
Finalist judging takes place in a closed forum, by a panel of five judges. Judges have the opportunity to discuss each finalist folio presented, before ranking them and identifying their top entry.
» Professional Photographer categories – the top three highest scoring entries from the top three (or more where entrants are tied) highest aggregate entrants within the category;
» Student Category – the top two highest-scoring entries from the top three highest aggregate entrants within the category;
» NZ Professional Photographer of the Year – the six highest-scoring entries from the three NZ entrants with the highest overall aggregate scores across all categories, except the Student Category;
» Australian Photographer of the Year – the six highest scoring entries from the top three highest aggregate Australian entrants, across all categories.
All winners are determined by a majority decision. Once a decision has been reached it is final.

» International Photographer of the Year – the four highest-scoring entries from the top three highest aggregate international entrants, across all categories.
All winners are determined by a majority decision. Once a decision has been reached it is final.

Please Note:
There are only three days of live judging available, so it is possible the Honours Council will have to cap the number of entries that are judged live. Due to expected numbers, all prints entrants will be judged live in 2024. Digital entries may be subject to a preliminary round and not appear in the live judging.

During preliminary judging, these entries will each be judged and independently by five judges in their own time. This will not be live-streamed.
The Honours Council will then take as many of these entries as possible through to live judging, based on the overall top scores received in pre judging. Those entrants are therefore not guaranteed to have any entries judged live, but every entry that is not judged live will receive written feedback in addition to its score (and possible award).

During the live judging, if there is no debate, a judge is invited to offer some educational feedback on the work.

WHAT THE JUDGES ARE LOOKING FOR
Being a category finalist, category winner, or winning Professional Photographer of the Year is certainly an achievement.
Selection of the winners is carried out in a closed forum, by a panel of five judges who will be looking for:
• Consistent mastery of technical and aesthetic control;
• Innovation and creativity; originality; diversity; strength of communication, emotion and/or concept.

JOIN US IN CHRISTCHURCH THIS AUGUST!

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.

 

IRIS AWARDS 2024 KEY DATES

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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