Terms & Conditions of Entry
1.1. AOP Photographer and Assisting Photographer members may enter the Photographer and Open categories.
1.2. All other membership types & non-members are only permitted to enter the Open category
1.3. Member subscriptions must be fully up to date and if membership is terminated prior to the presentation of the AOP Awards 2017 the entrant will be disqualified and any successful entry/ies removed.
1.4. All elements of the work submitted must have been originated by the entrant and created after 1 December 2015.
1.5. Work submitted must not have previously been entered into any AOP Awards or the Students Awards.
1.6. No entrant will be allowed to be part of either the decision-making process or the judging process.
2.1. No copyright is transferred to the AOP in respect of any works entered or accepted.
2.2. Entrants shall be deemed to warrant that they own copyright in the entire work and, if necessary, that they have permission from any other copyright-owner/s to enter the work, and that all necessary model and/or property releases have been obtained. The entrant undertakes to indemnify the AOP and the sponsors of the AOP Awards 2017 in respect of any breach of the same.
3.1. Any and/or all AOP Photography Awards selected entries may be reproduced in various publications and outlets to promote these Awards.
3.2. The AOP may use all submitted images in digital displays presented at the AOP Awards 2017 ceremony and party.
3.3. All successful entries from the AOP Photography Awards’ categories will be published in the AOP Photography Awards 2017 Book, together with the winning images from the Open Award categories. Original prints may be displayed in the AOP Awards 2017 Exhibition and AOP Awards on Tour exhibition.
3.4. The successful entries will be displayed indefinitely on the Awards website, unless specifically requested otherwise by the entrant in writing to the AOP offices.
3.5. The AOP and the sponsors of the Awards reserve the right to display, reproduce and publish in any media, any successful entry, without payment, until the end of December 2018, for the sole purpose of promoting and publicising the AOP and the AOP Awards. The AOP also reserves the right to display all the successful images on the Awards website and archive for an indefinite period unless the entrant requests otherwise in writing to the AOP offices. The photographer will be credited whenever the work is published or displayed.
4. Return of Entries
4.1. All exhibition prints will be retained by the AOP for up to twelve months after the exhibition, and entrants will be informed as to when they will be ready for collection.
4.2. Pursuant to 4.1, the AOP reserves the right to dispose of any uncollected prints, as it sees fit and without further notice. Any monies made from the sale of uncollected work shall go to the AOP.
5. Risk and Insurance
5.1. The AOP and any venue hosting the exhibition will not be responsible for any loss or damage to entries or exhibition prints, whether or not caused by negligence. The AOP strongly advises entrants to ensure that their own insurance covers any eventuality.
5.2. While the AOP makes every effort to ensure that the AOP Awards Book is of the highest standard, we are unable to guarantee the quality of the reproduction.
6.1. All entries must meet the conditions required under Entry Procedure, Technical Specifications and Format.
6.2. The AOP reserves the right to use its own discretion throughout, which may include, but is not limited to: Disqualifying any entrant not complying with the rules; Amalgamating categories if they are under-subscribed; Changing or removing category headings when selected images are published in the AOP Awards 2017 Book.
6.3. If it is believed that a contravention of the rules has taken place, the AOP reserves the right to examine original RAW files/negatives/positives. Any entrant unable or unwilling to supply the files/negatives/positives on request will be disqualified.
6.4. Entry fees will not be refunded if entries/entrants are disqualified or entries withdrawn.
6.5. The AOP and/or curators will not move work from one category to another. An incorrect entry into a category will result in the image being withdrawn (at entrant’s request), and the entry fees will not be refunded.
6.6. There will be no appeals against the decision of the curators and correspondence cannot be entered into regarding the decision-making process.
6.7. Any successful entrant to the AOP Awards 2017 may be called upon during the following 12-month period to participate in any appropriate marketing and PR activities for and on behalf of the AOP.
6.8. Any work selected and sold from the exhibition, including online from the Awards site, will attract the usual AOP Gallery Sales Commission Fee (currently 30% of the sale price).
Entry Procedure, Technical Specification and Format
7.1. Entries must be submitted online by following the instructions. A current valid email address must be included - all communications from the AOP will be made via email.
7.2. All judging will be of digital files.
7.3. There are no restrictions on the number of entries made per person. Entries can consist of either individual images, a series of images or a short moving-image piece, with no restrictions on subject matter.
7.4. When entering a Series or a Project, each group of images must be treated as a separate entry.
7.5. You may only enter an image once into the Awards.
7.6. Any images that are unsuccessful in the AOP Photography Awards may be entered into the Open Awards after the entrant has been informed of the outcome.
7.7. Neither the entrant's name, nor any copy, must appear anywhere on the image.
7.8. Entrants may name images, however, please note that they will be re-named within the AOP entry-system, for unique and anonymous identification purposes.
7.9. File names must only contain letters (upper or lower case, and/or numbers (0-9), and/or underscore character plus the suffix .jpg. Any other characters including further dots, hyphens or spaces could result in your file being rejected during the upload process.
7.10 Images submitted online should be RGB and in JPEG format. They should be no larger than 1920 pixels wide by 1200 pixels high. Your final file size must not exceed 3 megabytes.
7.11 You are responsible for preparing your images for viewing on a monitor so we suggest that images are targeted/optimized for, and tagged with, the sRGB or sRGB IEC61966-2.1 colour-space profile.
8. Moving Image
8.1. A thumbnail image of your moving image entry must be uploaded, as stated above for stills. Your moving image file can then be uploaded via the link included in the submission confirmation email.
8.2. Only the following format will be accepted for judging:
- H.264 encoded MP4 files
- Resolution: 1280 (width) x 720 (Height) (HD)
- Maximum File size: 2GB
- Maximum length: 5 minutes. If your submission is successful, you may be required to submit an additional shorter edit of the winning entry, for screening during the presentation.
8.3. Please note - Quicktime .MOV, Flash .SWF and Windows WMV files will not be accepted, nor will .OGG or WebM encoding.
9. Dates & deadlines:
• 19 May 2017 - Early Bird (discounted rate) period ends and standard enty fee period starts
• 30 June 2017 - Photography category standard entry fee period ends and surcharge period starts
• 10 July 2017 - Photography categories close
• 31 July 2017 - Open Awards standard entry fee period ends and surcharge period starts
• 7 August 2017 - Open Categories close
9.2 All successful entrants must supply high-resolution digital files by 6pm on Tuesday 5 September 2017. All image credits need to be uploaded at this point. NB: copy will NOT be checked, so it is your responsibility to ensure all image credits are correct. Details of the procedure will be given when informed of the results. The high-resolution version must be supplied online as:
- a tiff
- be a minimum size of 2400 pixels along the longest side, and
- be at a resolution of 300dpi
9.3 Prints must be supplied by Monday 11 September 2017 and must be no more than 50 x 60 cm including any borders (NB, image must be no larger than 47cm x 57cm).