The NZIPP Honours Council is responsible for managing the annual NZ Iris Professional Photography Awards, NZIPP Honours Distinctions and the NZIPP Honours presented by the Institute; the Honours Council made up of NZIPP Accredited Professional Photographers appointed by the NZIPP Board.
Chair of Honours
NZ IRIS PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
The annual NZ Iris Professional Photography Awards have been running since 1983 and offer the opportunity for all professional photographers, in NZ and overseas, to challenge and test themselves amongst their peers, demonstrating their photographic and creative expertise. The Iris Awards take place over a three day period, with prints judged anonymously in front of panels of distinguished national and international judges.
The Iris Awards offer professional photographers a wide range of category options, including ones specifically aimed at in-camera capture through to those allowing extensive use of post-production techniques. Judging panels are made up of five judges who each contribute their own skill set, knowledge and expertise in evindividually determine
whether an entry is worthy of either a Bronze, Silver or Gold status. The judging process is administered by the NZIPP Honours Council to ensure fairness is maintained within the judging process and that rules are adhered to.
Each year the NZIPP acknowledges and recognises those who have made a significant contribution to the NZIPP Institute and the photographic industry as a whole. These awards consist of:
NZIPP Silver Spool
Presented to a person who has made a contribution to the Institute, but who in normal events may not necessarily be open to other NZIPP Honours.
NZIPP Gold Award
An honour awarded to a member who has given outstanding service to the Institute and its members. This person has usually given long, unselfish service at a national level, with this having had an effect for the good of the Institute.
NZIPP Honorary Member
Awarded to a person distinguished in any of the aesthetic, technical, organisational or productive aspects of photography who has been or may be of material assistance to the Institute or the photographic profession.
NZIPP Honorary Fellow
The Institute’s highest Honour, awarded sparingly, is an honour presented for outstanding contribution to the image of professional photography within either the NZIPP or the community at large.
NZIPP Distinctions are awards conferred by the NZIPP. As such, only NZIPP members (and members of overseas reciprocal rights organisations) are eligible to accrue merit points and earn NZIPP Distinctions through the awards. Merit points are earned based on the following criteria :
● Affiliate members may accrue a maximum of 5 merit points towards the level of Associate of Photography;
● Only NZIPP Accredited Professional Members, and accredited members of reciprocal rights organisations, are eligible to be awarded/receive NZIPP Distinctions;
● Only NZIPP Accredited Professional Members, and accredited members of reciprocal rights organisations, may earn and accrue points towards the Master level and above;
● Student members and non-members are ineligible to accrue merit points toward, or receive, NZIPP Distinctions;
● To be awarded a Distinction a person must be Accredited and have earned a minimum of 5 merit points within the last 4-year period;
Merit points are not “lost” should a person not enter the awards for any length of time.
Merit points are held against a person’s profile/name for life. If a person resigns from the NZIPP (is no longer a
member), their points remain but they are ineligible to accrue further merit points as a non-member.
Each of the NZIPP Distinction levels and Honours Awards is denoted by a different colour ribbon.
For the Distinction system, gold bars are also awarded at various levels.
● NZIPP Distinction and Honours ribbons are single colour, 25mm wide ribbons attached to an NZIPP award gong. The ribbon length is 90cm, with the centre of the embroidery positioned 160mm from each end.
● Gold bars are placed/sewn on the right side of the ribbon (the bars sitting on “your” right side as it is being worn), between the base of the embroidered section and gong.
● Where a person also receives a Service Award, such as NZIPP Honorary Fellow or Life member, the recipient receives a new ribbon and gong that has: a narrow ribbon, representing the Distinction level achieved, overlaid onto the relevant wider Service Award ribbon.
● Where a recipient is presented with a second Service Award, the first award with the overlaid Distinction ribbon is placed to the left side, and the right side shows the second Service Award with overlaid distinction ribbon. Eg. Grand Master of Photography with Honorary Fellow (first service award) and Life member (second service award) = black ribbon overlaid with a narrow white (G.M.) ribbon on the left side and a maroon ribbon overlaid with narrow white (G.M.) ribbon on the right side of the gong.
● Service Awards, a green ribbon and gong, are also given to those who provide service to the NZIPP but have not yet been awarded a Distinction ribbon.
● Where a person has been awarded a Distinction ribbon, service to the Institute is recognised through being awarded silver bars. The silver bars are attached to the left side of the ribbon (the bars sitting on “your” left side as it is being worn).
USE OF LETTERS & TERMINOLOGY
The following outlines how letters associated with NZIPP Distinctions, Service and Membership Awards are to
be referred to in both written and spoken language.
● Associate of Photography, alternatively referred to as: Associate, A.Photog. or ANZIPP
● Master of Photography, alternatively referred to as: Master, M.Photog. or MNZIPP
● Master of Photography with Distinction, alternatively referred to as: Master with Distinction, M.Photog.(Dist). or MNZIPP(Dist.)
● Grand Master of Photography, alternatively referred to as: Grand Master, G.M.Photog. or GMNZIPP
● Gold bars – denote the various levels achieved at each of the Associate, Master, Master with Distinction or Grand Master levels. For example, Master of Photography II, Master of Photography with 2 gold bars, MNZIPP II, or, M.Photog. II. Another example: Master of Photography with Distinction
II, Master of Photography (Dist.) with 2 gold bars; MNZIPP(Dist.) II; or M.Photog.(Dist.) II.
● Terms such as double Master or triple Master cannot be used.
● Honorary Fellow, referred to as: Hon.FNZIPP
● Life member, referred to as: LMNZIPP
● Nominals attributed to an awarded NZIPP Honours Award or Life membership may be used alongside the Distinction award. For example, M.Photog. II LMNZIPP
The NZIPP recommends the following order when using post-nominal letters:
● Orders and decorations conferred by the Crown (eg. OBE, etc.)
● University degree – denoting the highest degree achieved;
● NZIPP Distinction awards;
● NZIPP Fellowship or Membership awards, listed in order of receipt.
For example, NZIPP M.Photog. II Hon.F.NZIPP LMNZIPP