Unless stated otherwise under the category rules & requirements the following applies to all entries:


• Entries must be 100% photographic in origin.
• All elements in an image must be the work of the photographer.
• The use of stock photography, purchasable digital backgrounds, skies, borders and textures is prohibited.
• Images must be from original exposures made within the last 24 months of the closing date of the Awards
• The category rules and requirements accompanying the category descriptions in this document (pages 11 to 26) form part of the rules.
• All Images taken over the duration of a workshop, tutorial, or similar where the primary focus of the event is for education are ineligible. This is irrespective of whether the image submitted was captured or created under the direct instruction of the educator/presenter or not. This rule only applies to attendees of workshops, tutorials and educational/training events. Instructors, student, emerging members and attendees of photo-tours where the primary focus is not educational are exempt.


• No two images entered are to contain the same subject. The intent of the awards is to produce four unique, content diverse images.
• Images entered must have been taken on different occasions and of different subject matter.
• If two images are considered to be of the same subject, we will attempt to contact the photographer to discuss this, but if contact cannot be made, we will retain the first image uploaded in the entry process as identified in the barcode number and disqualify the other(s) so that judging can take place.
• The Awards Team decision is final, and no discussion will be entered into.


• Prints must be created by the entrant or under the entrant’s direct instruction, including all post production and printing work.
• Photographs that have been plagiarized will be disqualified. Knowingly or sub consciously copying a photograph where ALL or the majority of the elements are the same (i.e., same subject matter, pose, location, concept, crop, finishing etc.) may be considered plagiarism if not enough elements are considered different or treated differently enough to be considered a homage. Recreating or emulating paintings, sculptures or other non-photographic works of art either in their entirety part there of in an entry is not considered plagiarism as the execution to achieve the desired result is of a different artistic discipline. Copying or emulating a pose, style or a concept is not considered plagiarism.
• Entrants MUST acknowledge the printer, retoucher and/or other creative contributors on the online entry form.
• Where further digital manipulation is allowed, digital technologies can be used to assemble images, manipulate and adjust photographic elements in any manner, but not to create new elements.
• Re-photographing existing photographs or images for any purpose other than creating a supporting element or background will be disqualified, unless the existing image is the work of the entrant, 100% photographic and was taken within 24 months prior to the close of entry.
• Re-photographed images to create supporting elements or backgrounds either created by the entrant or by a third party (such as purchased physical backdrops, publicly displayed advertising, photographs or paintings) may help contribute to the narrative of the entry however they must not be the main subject or focus of the image. E.g.. a portrait of a soldier taken in front of a print of a WW11 soldier may be acceptable, but entering a re-photographed print of the WW11 portrait in its entirety is prohibited.
• Composite/component elements of an image must be 100% photographic in origin, be the work of the entrant and have been shot within 24 months prior to the close of entry.
• Unless otherwise stipulated in the individual category rules and requirements all borders and textures must be 100% photographic in origin and captured by the entrant.
• All entrants must be able to provide evidence of a legal and or moral right to use all of the elements depicted within the entry. Failure to provide such proof may result in the disqualification of the entry.
• All entrants must be able to supply a copy or proof of each element used to create the final image to prove its photographic origin if requested. Failure to provide such proof may result in the disqualification of the entry.
• No titles or marks which identify the author are permitted on the front of the entry; this includes the mat board. Nonphotographic copy/text may only be included when stipulated in the category rules and requirements.




This category will be judges in two sections:

  • Illustrative Photography 
  • Analogue and Historical Process Photography (formally Alternative Process)

Illustrative photography may be conceptual or representative in nature and examples include images taken to illustrate a magazine article, a website or a book cover, but may also be outtakes from assignments, stock photography or part of a personal project or creative expression.

Analogue and Historical Process entries are first generation prints that do not involve any form of digital output. These may include Fibre based prints from negatives, Carbon Prints, Salt Prints, Gum Bichromates Platinum and Palladium Prints, Van Dyke Browns, Cyanotypes, Tintypes, Bromoil Prints, Dye transfer, Emulsion lifts and emulsion transfers and Chromogenic prints made through an enlarger and not a laser imaging printer.

Images entered into this category may be suitable for other categories as well e.g. a portrait or a landscape to illustrate a magazine article may be suitable for both categories.

As an example, a landscape photograph that includes something more than the landscape (such as an aircraft in the sky) may be better entered into the Illustrative category where the expectations of the judges are not so specific.

Analogue and Historical Process entries may be entered into any other category so long as they comply with rules of that category with exception of the minimum size limitation to allow for some processes as the film format of the camera can dictate the final image size.


In addition to the core rules and requirements stipulated above

Illustrative Section:

• Entries into this category may be commissioned or self-commissioned.

Analogue and Historical Process Section:

The final artwork presented must be the first generation output, generally made by hand in a wet darkroom environment, and not a copy of an artwork digitally tweaked and outputted on a digital output device such as an inkjet printer, laser printer or dye sublimation printer.

It is permissible to create a larger contact internegative through digital means. This may be made by inkjet printing or laser printing onto a clear film, but may not be manipulated in any way that could not be traditionally done in a wet darkroom. 

Post production is limited to any changes that might be made using conventional darkroom techniques, such as spotting dust and scratches, dodging and burning, and adjusting contrast and other levels. Composite images and photos with special effects, borders and added backgrounds are not permitted.

The minimum size of the entry has been abolished to allow for some processes as the film format of the camera can dictate the final image size. 

This category will be judged in two sections, Illustrative and, Analogue and Historical Process.

Although the Category is judged in two sections
to assist the judges in their assessment, there is only one Award.

The composition of the judging panels may change in order to include judges with relevant experience and expertise in each section.

The winner of the category will receive the core category trophy and the title relevant to the nature of the work entered if requested. E.g. “The 2017 AIPP State Analogue and Historical Process Photographer of the Year” can be requested if the winning submission contains four Analogue and Historical Process images.