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Deadline: August 21, 2014
Winner is: Judged
Entry: Paid Entry
Entry Fee: From $90

Australian Professional Photography Awards

aippa2014 APPA is the acronym for the Australian Professional Photography Awards, which are held annually and usually coincide with the staging of either the “Digital Show” or “Digital Playground” organised by the Imaging and Digital Entertainment Association (IDEA). The current major sponsor of APPA is Canon, who have been major supporters and sponsors of the AIPP and APPA for many years. In recognition of Canon’s support, the awards are more properly referred to as “The Canon AIPP APPA” or CAPPA for short.

Professional photographers from Australia and all over the world compete in a number of categories, and for the coveted title of “Professional Photographer of the Year”.

AIPP Members who participate in Canon AIPP APPA are able to accrue “award points” which count towards the achievement of Associate and Master status within AIPP.

There are many challenges working as a professional photographer. It can be a somewhat solitary existence and difficult to put your work into perspective within the Australian and world market. How good is your photography? Is it of professional standard? Is it above professional standard? Do you need to improve? Can you be rewarded for producing award winning images?

Entering APPA provides you with many answers. It’s not a perfect system, but it’s the best of its kind in the world. By submitting three or four of your images, you can challenge yourself and receive independent, authoritative feedback about your work.

While all photographers aim to win the Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photographers of the Year Award, APPA is designed to appeal to photographers at all levels.

First time entrants can aim to earn at least one Silver Award. Once you’ve earned your first Silver, strive for your Associateship by earning five award points in four years. Use your Silver and Gold Award certificates in your studio and market your success to your clients. Earned your Associateship already? The next step is Master of Photography. If earning one Silver is easy, can you earn four Silvers in one year? Or maybe an elusive Gold Award? And don’t forget to aim for one of the many category awards and prizes!


To be eligible for the Major Award, entrants must be an AIPP member or a non-member residing in Australia and must first win one of the following categories. Category winners are determined from the top three highest aggregate submissions of four images entered into a category by a selected panel of judges.

The 2014 AIPP Australian Advertising Photographer of the Year

The 2014 AIPP Australian Fashion Photographer of the Year

The 2014 AIPP Australian Commercial Photographer of the Year

The 2014 AIPP Australian Sport Photographer of the Year

The 2014 AIPP Australian Travel Photographer of the Year

The 2014 AIPP Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year•

The 2014 AIPP Australian Science Environment & Nature Photographer of the Year

The 2014 AIPP Australian Documentary Photographer of the Year

The 2014 AIPP Australian Illustrative Photographer of the Year

The 2014 AIPP Australian Portrait Photographer of the Year

The 2014 AIPP Australian Family Photographer of the Year

The 2014 AIPP Australian Wedding Photographer of the Year

The 2014 AIPP Australian Birth Photographer of the Year

The 2014 AIPP Australian Creative Photographer of the Year

Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: The overall PPY winner will receive $10,000 in cash!

Every category will carry a $1000 cash prize voucher with the Emerging and Student Prize carrying a $750 cash prize. ELIGIBILITY: All Professional Photographers

File Format: • 3000 pixels on the longer dimension • 8 bit and 300 dpi • Jpeg file format • Minimal jpeg compression (Save as quality 10 in Photoshop or 80% quality in Lightroom and other such applications) • Adobe RGB (1998) colour space (Images in sRGB or greyscale colour space will not be accepted) Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: No copyright Policy USAGE RIGHTS: The AIPP reserves the right to reproduce any image submitted for publicity/educational purposes in Australia and overseas. This includes on websites where the use is to promote the AIPP and the Awards. It is the entrant’s responsibility to obtain any and all permissions including the model releases and/or copyright owner’s permission to have the images judged and possibly displayed and published.

Category Winners agree to their images being printed as a composite, framed and presented to the sponsor. This will be produced at APPA’s expense. APPA may use the digital file provided with your entry without further contact with you.

A Category Sponsor may also reproduce a Category Winner’s photographs to advertise or publicise their sponsorship of the category. The four photographs are to be reproduced together and credited with the full title of the award. The Category Sponsor does not have unrestricted rights to use your photograph in any other manner without permission from you.

You also agree that if you are a category winner, Canon and the AIPP are able to use your images (with suitable attribution) for marketing and promotional purposes for a period of 12 months from the date of the awards

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