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The 2024 New Zealand Amateur Photography Awards includes 7 categories that we’ve listed below.

You can enter as many images into a category as you wish. The entry fee is $20 per entry – $10 per entry for Under 18 year old entrants.

Please read the 2024 Call for Entries for full details  for each of the categories.

Entries open 15th April 2024

OPEN CATEGORY

A free-range category for any subject and genre. This category is intended to celebrate photographers who push the boundaries of day-to-day photography and create conceptual or representative works.

Photographs can explore a variety of techniques, including in-camera, and any post-production treatment as long as it meets the Rules. As in other categories, the entrant must have created all of the content themselves, and all elements must be photographic (no computer-generated content allowed). If an image includes text, the text must have been photographed by the entrant (rather than created in post-production).

PHOTOJOURNALISM CATEGORY

Images that use the medium of photography to tell an authentic visual representation of a story, whether it be political, sports, birth, travel, event, street, personality or documentary photography that gives insight into contemporary issues and news. Images should be thought-provoking and represent real life, people, places and other non-fiction stories.

Only basic post-production adjustments are accepted in this category, such as tonal control, black and white conversion, sharpening and cropping. The final image must remain an authentic representation of what was captured on the sensor: post-production adjustments must not hide or introduce key elements of the image.

UNDER 18 YEAR OLD ENTRANT

 

A category for entrants under the age of 18 years.

Photographs can be of any subject, and all post production methods are allowed, provided however that all elements of the entry must be photographic, and photographed by the entrant (as in all other categories, purchased/downloaded elements and computer-generated elements are not allowed).

Entries may be traditional and/or interpretive. Entrants to this category must be under the age of 18 years on 1st August 2024, and must include a signed Parent/ Guardian Acknowledgment Waiver and Agreement with each entry into this category https://irisawards.com/nzapa/u18-permission

PORTRAIT CATEGORY

 

Photographs of single subjects or groups, including studio photography, lifestyle imagery, self-portraits, boudoir, beauty & fashion, social, family, culture and environmental portraits.

Portraits of pets and animals are eligible for entry in this category. Photographs of animals in their natural habitat may be more suited to the “Animals & Nature” category. Entries may be traditional and/or interpretive portraits.

NATURE CATEGORY

 

Photographs where the main focus of the image is an animal, wildlife or the natural world, though images may include people or other elements that give context to the story of the image. This category includes photographs of flora (flowers, trees etc), underwater photographs, and wildlife/animals.

Portraits of pets may be better suited to the “Portrait” category.

Only basic post-production adjustments are accepted in this category, such as tonal control, black and white conversion, sharpening and cropping. Focus stacking is acceptable for macro images. The final image must remain an authentic representation of what was captured on the sensor: post-production adjustments must not hide or introduce key elements of the image.

LANDSCAPE CATEGORY

 

Photographs depicting the features of an area of land, landforms or man-made landscape features.

The main focus of the image should be this landscape, but it may include other elements that give context to the story of the image. Entries may be traditional and/or interpretive.

BLACK AND WHITE CATEGORY

 

For photographs that are captured in or converted to black and white. This open category allows images from any genre.

Image scoring in this category will be determined based on the quality of the black and white conversion, and how much this adds to the image.

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.

 

IMPORTANT DATES FOR NEW ZEALAND AMATEUR AWARDS

ONLINE ENTRIES OPEN: 8am Monday 15 April 2024 (NZST)

ONLINE ENTRIES CLOSE: 11.59pm Sunday 23 June 2024 (NZST)

LIVE FEEDBACK ROUND: From 8am Wednesday 31 July 2024

LIVE FEEDBACK VENUE: Majestic on Durham, 189 Durham St South, Christchurch. 

CATEGORY FINALISTS ANNOUNCED: Approx. 8pm Thursday 1 August 2024, live at the Awards Wrap Party. Venue: TBC

NEW ZEALAND AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCEMENT: At the Iris Awards Gala Dinner, 7pm Sunday 4th August 2024. Venue: TBC A ticket only event. Theme: WINTER WONDERLAND. Click here to purchase tickets from 1st May 2024

ENTRANTS SCORES RELEASED:  Thursday 1st August 2024

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