Entry to the 2020 Iris Awards has now CLOSED.

Please check back in 2021 for more information on the NZIPP Iris Awards.



The Iris Professional Photography Awards are organised by the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP) and supported by major sponsor NIKON. These annual awards, open to all New Zealand and International professional photographers , have been running for more than 35 years. The Awards celebrate the innovation and excellence of professional photography today, providing a platform for recognition within the wider photographic community and with the general public.

The Nikon Iris Awards support NZIPP’s commitment towards raising the profile and standard of professional photography throughout New Zealand. It offers photographers the opportunity to challenge their creative boundaries. It showcases their artistic eye, desire to excel and surpass themselves against their peers with imagery using traditional and digital methods. You will see the very best of NZ’s photographic talent.

Entries in the Iris Awards are judged in an open (public) forum over a three-day period by panels of the respected national and international judges. The best images are awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze awards. The judging process is an educational, informative and inspirational event with all entrants, professional photographers and the general public are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

With strong sponsorship support and media interest, the Nikon Iris Awards are an excellent opportunity for professional photographers to engage in professional development through challenging and growing their photographic expertise. Success through the Awards also offers the opportunity to promote this as part of their business marketing.

The NZIPP Honours Team wishes you all the best for another exciting and successful year at the 2019 NZ Iris Professional Photography Awards!


Changes to the NZIPP Honours Distinctions have now been reviewed and took effect as of 1 January
2020. These include changes to the merit point values awarded to each of the Gold, Silver and Bronze
awards along with the terminology applied to the Honours Distinction levels and the number of points
required to achieve for each level.

Further updates on the reviewed Honours Distinctions will be available soon.

2020 Online Registration And Entry Dates

Online Entry Registrations Open:
8.00am (NZST) Monday 22nd June 2020

Online Entry Registrations Close:
11.59 pm (NZST), Sunday 2 August 2020

Iris Awards Online Judging:
20th – 28th August 2020. Judging Schedule will be confirmed following the close of entries.

Iris Awards Presentations:
7:00 pm (NZST), Monday 7th September 2020 livestreamed online.


Absolutely NO late entries will be accepted!

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