The NZIPP Distinction system supports the concept of continued professional development and improving standards within the profession of photography. It is a system that encourages members and non-members to engage, challenge themselves, and invest in their personal and professional development on an ongoing and long-term basis, through the annual Iris Professional Photography Awards.





NZIPP Distinctions are earned by achieving merit points through entering and receiving awards at the annual Iris Professional Photography Awards. When the Photographer has accrued a set number of merit points and Bronze, Silver and Gold awards, eligible members are awarded NZIPP Distinctions such as Associate of Photography, Master of Photography, Master of Photography with Distinction, or Grand Master of Photography.

Additionally after achieving each level, the photographer can earn ‘bars’. A bar is a stepping stone towards moving to the next Distinction level. Gold Bars are awarded based on further merit points and are worn on the right side of the Distinction medallion.

NZIPP Grand Master of Photography II is the highest NZIPP Distinction. Those achieving this distinction have shown a commitment to excellence in photography over a number of years through the NZIPP Iris Awards.


Only NZIPP Accredited members, and accredited members of reciprocal rights organisations (such as AIPP) can earn NZIPP Distinctions.


First name Last name Location

Year awarded


Year Awarded


Year Awarded


Year Awarded


Simone Jackson Otago 2023      
Amber Griffin Wairarapa 2022      
Justin Aitken Tauranga 2021      
Catherine Cattanach Wellington 2021      
Jo Frances Wellington 2021      
Loren O’Connor Napier 2021      
Paul Hoelen Australia 2020      
Janyne Fletcher Otago 2019      
Katherine Williams Christchurch 2019      
Adam Buckle New Plymouth 2018      
Tony Stewart Christchurch 2018      
Roger Wandless Otago 2018      
Harry Janssen Auckland 2017      
Kelvin Gilbert Palmerston North 2016      
Mike Hollman Auckland 2016      
Jason Naylor Wellington 2016      
Terry Wreford-Hann Featherston 2015   2019  
Kaye Davis Palmerston North 2013      
Richard Wood Havelock North 2013 2017 2019 2023
Esther Bunning Featherston 2012 2020 2023  
Mike Langford Queenstown 2012   2019  
Jackie Ranken Queenstown 2012 2016 2019  
Tony Carter New Plymouth 2010 2020    
Peter Rossi Australia 2010