Student Photographer of the Year


Click the image above to download the 2024 Call For Entries document.



Entries must comply with the global rules and terms and conditions of the NZIPP Iris Awards.


Open to all part-time or full-time students: enrolled in a recognised tertiary institute in New Zealand or Australia, studying photography, or a similar creative programme.
• It is expected that all entries reflect a high level of originality.
• Entering the student category forfeits the right to enter any main categories.
• Images created under direct guidance of a tutor as part of your curriculum work can be entered into this category.
• Student entries do not earn merit points towards NZIPP Distinctions.
• Photographs may be of any subject matter.
• You may enter work created as part of the final year of your studies, in the Iris Awards in the year directly following the cessation of study.
• All student entries must be entered under the students own name and registration profile. However, they may be sent in bulk by your education provider.

• NZIPP Accredited Professional Photographers, either current or past, are ineligible to enter in this category.


Click the images below to:

  1. Read the Global rules that apply to each entry;
  2. Read the terms and conditions of entry;
  3. Download the full call for entries document;
  4. Link to register your entry.




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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