Organised by the NZIPP for more than 30 years, these annual awards celebrate the excellence of New Zealand’s professional photographers, providing a platform for recognition within the industry and the wider public. The Epson/NZIPP Iris Awards demonstrate the commitment of the NZIPP to raise the profile of professional photography throughout New Zealand, providing an annual showcase of cutting-edge imagery and creative photographic talent, which, together with the NZIPP conference and industry tradeshow, form the INFOCUS event.
The Iris Awards are open to all professional photographers resident in New Zealand, including members of the professional photography organisations AIPA and NZIPP, and members of approved overseas professional photography organisations. All professional entrants resident in New Zealand are eligible to win the prestigious title of Epson/NZIPP Professional Photographer of the Year, as well as other major awards, by entering up to 10 images across a range of categories.
All images are judged in an open forum over a 3-day period, the best of which are awarded gold, silver and bronze awards. Everyone who has entered images is encouraged to attend the judging to benefit from the educational nature of the critique process. The judging sessions are also open to the public in order to educate, inspire and inform.
With strong sponsorship support and media interest, the Epson/NZIPP Iris Awards provide an excellent opportunity for professional photographers to gain widespread exposure for the fruits of their creative labors. The major awards and Epson/NZIPP Photographer of the Year is announced at a gala black tie dinner held after judging.
Click on any of the links below to see a complete showcase of the annual Epson/NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards by year: