IPF Nature Photographer of the Year Competition
The national finals of the IPF Nature Photographer of the Year Competition take place in February each year. The finals are a culmination of regional qualifying rounds from our five regions (SACC, DSLR, Mid-West, North-West and North-East). The regional qualifying rounds take place between November 1st and January 31st each year. This competition was previously know as the IPF National Nature Competition.
This competition is for photographers, both amateur and professional, who are members of clubs who are affiliated to the Irish Photographic Federation. Its purpose is to allow those photographers with an interest or a speciality in nature photography to submit their work and compete with their peers at national level. Each image is scored by at least two international judges who have a proven record in judging nature photography. This is done live and is open to the public. It’s both a beautiful and very interesting subject matter to watch being judged and brings in large crowds.
There are five sections to compete in; three open sections and two themed sections. The themes are published well in advance of the competition and their purpose is to gather a pool of themed images to complete in FIAP Biennials. Current themes are viewable in ‘Competition Themes‘ section.
Two of these sections deal with print submissions, while the other three allow for those competing with digital images. Four sections are run under the FIAP definition of Nature (as published below) while the remaining section ‘The Natural World’ allows for a broader definition to encourage those dipping their toes into nature photography to enter. Please refer the rules for the current FIAP definition of Nature photography and also for the definition which applies to ‘The Natural World’ section.
Each photographer may submit a maximum of three images in each open section and a maximum of two images in each themed section. From 2016 onwards, there is one single submission period and closing date for all regions. Your entry must be submitted and paid for via the online entry system in the allocated timeframe. The finals take place in conjunction with the finals of the IPF Photographer of the Year competition and usually take place over a weekend towards the end of February
Entry fee structure listed below:
- One Section: €15
- Two Sections: €20
- Three Sections: €25
- Four or more Sections: €30
The competition caters for the intermediate and the advanced photographer – with awards for both levels in each section. The overall prize can only be won by a photographer who has registered as advanced. Bear in mind that ANY photographer can register as advanced, however, if you meet the criteria outlined in the rules for advanced level, you MUST enter as advanced. Any of the below will exclude as intermediate:
- Awarded IPF or any other photographic distinction, e.g. LIPF, LRPS, AFIAP
- Received more than one IPF medal in any IPF National Competition
- Represented IPF with an image(s) in International Competition
- Received acceptances with five or more image titles, or one award in international competitions/salons
- Those whose club or the IPF considers to be of an advanced standard in any disciple of photography
The sections in full are:
- Print – Open
- Print – Theme – Flora & Fungi
- Projected Image – Open
- Projected Image – Theme – Irish Wildbirds & Wildlife
- Projected Image – Open – The Natural World
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National Co-Ordinator: Darragh Sherwin
Date: February 17th 2018
Venue: Talbot Hotel, Carlow
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2017/2018 – Opening early December
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