Competition Rules and Guidance.

 Each member can enter 3 images per month into the competition but no more than 2 images into one category.

e.g. you can enter images as:

1 Open, 1 Set, 1 Creative
1 Open, 2 Set
2 Set, 1 Creative
2 Open, 1 Creative
1 Open, 2 Creative, etc

You cannot enter all 3 images into a single category.

Open Section.

This section is all yours. Pick your subject, take your best shot. We’re always pleased with the wide variety of images members come up with.

Set Subject

Each month there is a set subject for you to test your skills and creativity against. These subjects are set for the whole year, prior to each years commencement.  Main thing to remember is that the photo should clearly have a link to the theme that is evident to the viewer.


What some would refer to as playtime. This is where you get to try those photography techniques that cause others to ask how did they do that? No hard and fast rules but a slight preference for in-camera experimentation and the software usage enhancing rather than turning the image into something else completely.

More detailed guidance can be found in the guidelines for the judges.


For the monthly competition only digital images can be accepted.

This is so that they can be emailed or dropboxed to the NZIPP judges who may live anywhere in New Zealand.

All images must be your own photos. Any digital manipulation must have been done by yourself, or on your specific instructions. Professional scanning from film to digital media is allowed.

Digital Images

All files are to be in JPEG format and 300 dpi. Size restrictions have been removed so files can be reasonably large in order for your photos to be seen at their best.

In general between 1000 and 4000 pixels on the longest side is considered of a suitable quality for judging. Just note larger sizes may not display well if judges have older monitors.

These should be emailed to by midnight of the meeting night that the subject finishes on.

Alternatively you can hand you images in at the meeting night on a CD or USB memory stick.

Labeling and Naming

Whether a printed image or a digital file name the same format is to be used.

XXX- Image title-Your name-Competition Month.jpg

100 for B grade set subject

200 for B grade open

300 for A grade set subject

400 for A grade open

500 for Creative / Experimental images

If entering a second photo in a category follow the same format but ensure each photo has a different image title.

The competition month is the month when your images are submitted i.e. photos entered for January will be presented back to the group in February. These would be labelled January.

Example Joe Bloggs is in B grade and he submits 3 images in July.

He enters one image in B grade set subject, one in B grade open and one image in the Creative section

His file names are thus:

100 – Island sunset – joe bloggs – July

200 – Big dog – joe bloggs – July

500 – City at night – joe bloggs – July

Example Mary Bloggs is in A grade and she submits 3 images in July.

She enters one image in A grade set subject, and two images in the Creative category.

Her file names are thus:

300 – Island sunset – mary bloggs – July

500 – small cat – mary bloggs – July

500 – City at dawn – mary bloggs – July