The Judges of the NZIPP Iris Awards have a set of criteria that is used to decide which score to give an award. Read the scoring table below to see what it takes to reach each award level.

95 – 100 Gold with Distinction
» Exceptional vision, creativity & innovation
» Exceptional visual communication & interpretation of subject
» Exceptional level of originality of thought/concept
» Invokes a superior emotional response
» Has an enduring quality
» Exceptional mastery in all areas of creative & technical execution
90 – 94 Gold
» Outstanding level of imagination & creativity
» Outstanding visual communication, interpretation of subject &/ or emotion
» Outstanding level of originality of thought/concept
» Outstanding mastery across all areas of technique, craft, and production/creation
85 – 89 Silver with Distinction
» Excellent level of imagination & creativity
» Excellent visual communication, interpretation of subject &/or emotion
» Excellent level of technique, craft, craft, and production
80 – 84 Silver
» Very high level of imagination &/or creativity
» Very high level of visual communication, interpretation of subject &/or emotion
» Very high level of craft, skill and production
75 – 79 Bronze
» Shows a high level of craft, skill & technique
» Exceeds the expected standard of professional practice
60 – 74 Professional Standard
» Approaching award level
» Well executed, appropriate professional standard level of craft & production technique
» Good standard of professional practice – what a professional is expected to produce day to day
50 – 59 Below Professional Standard
» Does not yet exhibit the standards required of professional practice
» May show proficiency in some areas


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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