The Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) has announced its print-based awards, the Epson State Awards and Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA), will return later this year as one single event.
Both of the AIPP’s print-based awards consist of live judging events, and were cancelled last year due to Covid lockdowns and travel restrictions. The State Awards were previously run by the now-defunct State Councils, and each regional body organised individual events, while APPA was held in a different city each year.
Up until now the Institute remained tight-lipped about the future of its prestigious awards. Both websites hadn’t been updated for a long time – but a ‘shiny new website’ will launch at the end of this month.
Meanwhile, a new Covid-friendly online photo contest, Silver Lining Awards, was introduced in 2020 and ran again this year.
From an e-mail to AIPP subscribers:
AIPP are creating one bumper event to celebrate the print over a jam-packed five day program that includes live print judging, photography exhibitions, social events and plenty of opportunity to meet and mingle with Trade Partners, colleagues and friends. It’s been two years since we’ve all had the chance to celebrate together in person so we’re keen to make it an event to remember!
The brilliant news for entrants is you now pay one entry fee for the chance to compete for both State and National titles.
The two events will run between October 15 – 18 at Sunstudios in Melbourne, Victoria. The AIPP has invited members to attend, but provides a reminder that all events are at risk of cancellation.
Landscape photographer, Matt Palmer, won the 2019 AIPP Professional Photographer of the Year award.