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Capture & Content
Except where stated in category-specific rules:
All elements and content within an entry must be 100% photographic in origin;
All elements, content AND post-production work within an entry must be the original work of the entrant;
The use of stock photography and/or computer-generated elements is not permitted. This includes Photoshop generated skies;
Downloaded photographic art, imagery and other photographic elements for use in an entry are not permitted.
Entries entered into previous Iris Awards are ineligible.
Entries created from an image or elements used in an image previously entered into the Iris Awards are not permitted.
The creation of photographic content includes techniques such as digital (RAW and JPEG), analogue negatives or positives, analogue plates, polaroids and contact printing. All analogue processes will require the work to be digitally reproduced.
Images captured, retouched and digitally edited over the duration of a workshop, tutorial, educational training event or similar organised or guided event, such as a photo walk, photo tour, or styled shoot, are ineligible for entry. This is irrespective of whether or not the image was captured or created under the direct instruction of the educator, presenter or guide. The rule applies to attendees only and not to the instructors, guides or tour leaders.
Nature Category entries must be identified using a scientific or common name in the title.
Expressive entries must be a physical item.
Entrants must acknowledge the printer, retoucher and/or other contributors as part of a creative team (third-party input) involved with any entry. Use the Description field of the Online Entry Registration system and in the metadata of the submitted digital file. Eg: Photographer – Joe Bloggs, printing – Weedit Ltd.
No titles or identifying marks that identify the entrant are permitted on the front of images.

Same subject – While the same subject may be used across multiple entries in a single year, your entries must be unique and distinct from each other both visually and conceptually. If the same subject is used, it must be an entirely different capture and involve entirely different treatment. The subject must not be recognisable as being in the same location, moment in time, or depicted similarly. For example, use a different setting, styling, wardrobe, posing, and lighting, etc.

The Honours Council reserves the right to determine whether your entries are too similar to each other, and its decision is final.

Originality – The copying of another photograph, painting or image etc (either knowingly or subconsciously) where all or a significant number of key elements are very similar, runs counter to the spirit of the awards and is not permitted. However, you can develop another’s idea to make it your own, as long as you produce an image that is visually and aesthetically different.


Where the Honours Council determines that an entry does not comply with the intent of the rules and the spirit of the awards, the entry and/or entrant will be disqualified. The Honours Council reserves the right to request all working files in order to verify compliance with the rules; failure to submit the requested files may lead to disqualification.
Due to time constraints, comprehensive image reviews are not always feasible leading up to the judging. Sometimes issues come to light later: the Honours Council reserves the right to perform further entry vetting, and/or start an investigation, retrospectively. This is not limited to the year of entry.
In the case of any disqualification, the Honours Council’s decision is final.

In the event of an entry and/or entrant disqualification any, or all, of the following penalties may apply:
Awards issued will be revoked, and the entrant is required to return to the NZIPP within 10 working days of notification all awards, trophies, certificates, Honours Distinctions, gongs, ribbons, and gold bars received as a direct result of the awards issued;
The entrant will be required to repay any respective prize money received, within 10 working days of the disqualification notification;
The entrant is ineligible for any refund associated with a disqualification;
Disqualified entries will be removed from all NZIPP media and online forums, and where deemed necessary, the award’s sponsor will be notified.
The entrant will be required immediately to remove all website and social media content, together with any print or other materials (including in any printed portfolios, studios or any other locations) which make reference to NZIPP or the Iris Awards in relation to disqualified entries.
Up to five merit points per disqualified entry may be deducted from any accrued Distinction merit points total. This applies to NZIPP members and members of reciprocal rights organisations;
Dependent on the severity of the case, an entrant’s entire Iris Award submission may be disqualified.This is not limited to the year of initial entry disqualification;
The entrant may be subject to compulsory image scrutinising when entering future awards;
The Honours Council may impose an entry stand-down period or a lifetime ban from entering the awards;
The entrant may be required to pay NZIPP’s legal and associated costs as a result of any investigation;
NZIPP membership may be revoked.


The NZIPP Honours Council agrees to take all reasonable steps to ensure entries presented to the judges comply with all rules and conditions of entry, however neither the NZIPP Honours Council nor NZIPP are responsible or liable should it later be determined that an entrant has breached entry rules.


Through the act of entering the Nikon Iris Awards, you acknowledge and agree to all entry criteria and terms and conditions of entry.

If you do not agree with the entry criteria and terms and conditions of entry, please do not enter.

As the entrant you acknowledge and understand that:
Honesty is expected at all times, including compliance with all rules, terms and conditions of entry, and the spirit and intent of the Nikon Iris Awards.
Each entry submitted must be original;
No entry, or recognisable part thereof, can have previously been entered into the Nikon Iris Awards;
You are the sole creator and owner of the work, and have the full rights to enter the work and its contents.
Photographs produced under any form of direct guidance during a full-time or part-time photography course are not eligible for entry into any of the main categories of the Awards, but can be entered in the Student Category. Completely self-directed work produced while enrolled during full-time or part-time photography study, such as a post-graduate degree, is eligible for entry into the main categories, but only if it is created in the entrant’s own time and with no direct guidance. Entrants’ attention is drawn to the rule on page 37 stating that images created in a workshop, tutorial, educational training event or similar organised or guided event are ineligible for entry.
Your entries (or part thereof) do not violate or infringe on the rights and/or privacy of any third party (living or deceased);
Your entries do not reference or contain inappropriate or objectionable material, including but not limited to: obscene, defamatory, sexually explicit, offensive, racist, sexist, and anti-social statements;
Your entries do not reference any commercial or corporate advertising, or brand, that in any way maligns or misrepresents it, including but not limited to brand names, third-party branding, logos, or slogans;
Your entries do not defame, misrepresent or have potential to cause harm to any third party;
An entry deemed by the Honours Council as inappropriate or unsuitable will be disqualified;
Entries will be judged in accordance with the judging criteria, as defined in the Call for Entries;
As an NZIPP member, or member of a reciprocal rights organisation, you must be fully financial at the time of online entry to qualify for member entry rates. Entries received by non-financial members or non-members will not be judged unless entered and paid for at non-member rates;
Any decision made by the Honours Council is final.
Any concerns, comments, or complaints, on an Iris Awards matter, must be directed immediately to the NZIPP Honours Council, either in person, or via the online complaints form –


Commissioned – the outcome of a commercial agreement between a photographer and their client. Volunteer work is not considered commissioned, even when a professional agreement has been entered into.
Self-commissioned – photographs intended for commercial, editorial, exhibition, and/or portfolio purposes.
Pre-production – work that takes place before a shoot. This may include hair and make-up styling, costume design, props etc.
Post-production – editing techniques and work done to an element and/or entry after photographic capture. All post-production work must be carried out by the entrant.
Third party – persons or organisations other than the entrant, or software items such as actions, brushes and presets or other visual items that were created by someone other than the entrant.
Third-party editing – post-production work carried out by someone other than the entrant.
Third-party elements – visual elements created by someone other than the entrant.
Third-party plugins – visual ‘look’ plugins created by someone other than the entrant.
Original files – RAW, DNG, or JPEG capture files with no editing or post-production techniques applied.
Entry vetting – processes used to check entries prior to judging for compliance with entry conditions. Vetting is not an investigation: entries that pass the vetting process may still be open to a further post-awards review or investigation if deemed necessary.
Member of a Reciprocal International Organisation – refers to organisations, such as AIPP, who offer a reciprocal awards system.
Non NZIPP Member (NZ Resident) – all professional photographers residing permanently in NZ who earn an income from photography but are not NZIPP members, including AIPA and PSNZ members.
International Entrant – all professional photographers NOT residing permanently in NZ who do not belong to a reciprocal organisation.
Student (NZ Only) – students enrolled in and studying at a recognised NZ tertiary institute.
NZIPP Affliliate Members – may only accrue a maximum of 5 points.
NZIPP Regional Members – cannot accrue merit points.



Wishing all of you the best of luck with your entries. We really look forward to seeing what you create in 2021.

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