AV Definitions

Audio Visual  Definitions:

An Audio Visual is defined as a sequence of still images where the storyline or theme, sound, transitions and images are interdependent. An effective sequence will have unity of its three parts: the conception, the visuals and the sound. Generally, these three elements should reinforce each other such that any one without the other two would be unsatisfactory. Adequate conception involves an idea with a suitable introduction, an interesting development of the idea and an appropriate close. Narrative or text may be employed but is not mandatory. The medium is very flexible and artistic expression within it can take many forms. There is no restriction on subject matter.

Acknowledgement of the work of other artists (e.g. music, text, poetry and images) must be included at the end of the sequence. Display of the author’s name is optional but if used it must be at the end.
Each sequence should not exceed 12 minutes. Each sequence awarded an "Acceptance" is eligible for consideration for Licentiate, Associate and Fellowship Honours levels.

As of 2019 the format for the APS AV National competitions has changed. There are no longer any categories. It is an Open competition.

Entrants are encouraged to explore the photographic medium and to use it to communicate their own personal vision incorporating feeling, senses and imagination to the viewer. The photography is not restricted in any way, either in subject matter or in the manipulation allowed during the taking or reproduction stages of the photography. The sequence must be based totally on photographic images. Video clips can be included within a sequence provided they are relevant to the story and do not constitute  more than 20% of the total duration of the sequence.


Rules for Audio Visual Competitions:

  1. Those who have not received a 1st or 2nd place in a national, or an acceptance in an international AV competition, are eligible for the Novice Award.
  1. Any AVs previously accepted in the National being entered at the time, cannot be entered again.
  1. All entries will be judged on their artistic merit, regardless of the method used to produce them. The summary on the accompanying Fiche is only for the convenience of the judges and organisers, and will not be taken into account by the judges in their assessment.
  1. There are no restrictions on subject matter or format. This is an Open competition. Author’s name, if used, should be at the end of the sequence.
  1. All entries are required to give appropriate credit, on the sequence and on the fiche, to the work of other artists used in the AV including. images, artworks, music, poetry etc.

  1. Sequences must be in a format which allows them to be played on a PC without the need for the software which created them. They should not have a ‘run box’, and should close automatically once finished.
  1. The file resolution can be from 1024 x 683 pixels (3:2 aspect ratio) up to 1920 x 1080 pixels (16:9 aspect ratio) and must not exceed 500mb in file size. Sequences not meeting these requirements will not be judged.

    Entries will not be returned and will be deleted from computers after the exhibition.
  1. Copyright – in accordance with copyright law, all AV sequences must be free of all rights of ownership, whether artistic or otherwise, which may be held by others. By taking part in the competition, authors indemnify the organisers against all and any actions that may be taken against them by owners of copyrights. The organisers of the competition will accept no responsibility in the event of dispute or litigation. Judges’ decisions are final and neither organisers nor anyone else may alter the decisions in any way.
  1. Submission of a sequence implies permission for it to be shown in public, or an image used in an approved APS magazine, and acceptance of these rules and all jury decisions.

  1. Entry is open to all photographers resident in the Commonwealth of Australia or its Territories and also from financial APS members resident overseas. All overseas authors/co-authors must be financial members of APS.

Agreement by exhibition entrants

As a condition of APS approval, the following statement is to be included on the website or on the entry form for each APS approved exhibition. Entrants must signify agreement to this statement before being permitted to complete the entry process.


“By submitting images to this exhibition in either print or digital form, I agree to accept without exception or objection the following terms:

    1. To ensure that images comply with the Conditions of Entry, including all relevant definitions, the exhibition organisers may ask me to provide originally captured images, with EXIF data intact, by a specified deadline.

    2. If I do not supply the requested image(s) in the specified time those images will be deemed to be in breach of the Conditions of Entry.

    3. Images that are submitted as requested may be investigated by any means determined appropriate by the exhibition organisers to establish if the image(s) comply with the conditions of entry.

    4. Images that are deemed by the exhibition organisers to breach the Conditions of Entry will be removed from the exhibition. Any acceptances or awards allocated to those images will become void.

    5. The exhibition organizers will provide APS with details of all breaches of the Conditions of Entry. APS retains the right to impose sanctions on entrants deemed to have repeatedly breached the Conditions of Entry of any APS Approved exhibition.”