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Adelaide AV National

  • General
  • Rules
  • Category Definitions
  • Calendar
  • Judges


The 4th Adelaide AV National 2018


This is separate from the National held in conjunction with the Adelaide AV Fest (International), which is conducted every two years.

There are now three AV Nationals every year: the Autumn AV National, the APS AV National and in alternate years, the Adelaide APS National and the National held in conjunction with Adelaide AV Fest.

The Adelaide AV National has APS approval and the entry form is available for download from the APS website National and International Competition Schedules page.

The AV Fiche, which is now automatically generated, will be emailed to the director of the exhibition and the entrant, upon successful submission of the online entry form.

Entry fee is $10.00 per sequence with a maximum of 4 sequences with a maximum running time of 12 mins per sequence.


Enquiries can be made to:
Director | Adelaide AV National

For futher information Email => John Hodgson or Tel: 08 84317452 / 0417 880 596

  1. Those who have not received a 1st or 2nd place in a national, or an acceptance in an international AV competition, may enter the Novice section. Any acceptances awarded in this section will not go toward Honours points. If an acceptance is awarded, this is an acknowledgement of encouragement to the Novice.
  2. Any AV previously accepted in this National, cannot be entered again.
  3. 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.
  4. This is an Open competition. No restrictions on subject matter or format. Author’s name, if used, should be at the end of the sequence.
  5. 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 i.e. music, poetry etc.
  6. Each entry must be a standalone digital production – Exe (PC), MP4 or .mov, without the need for the software that produced it and must not have a ‘run’ box.
  7. Entries will not be returned and will be deleted from computers after the exhibition.
  8. 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.
  9. Submission of a sequence implies permission for it to be shown in public, or an image used in an approved APS magazine; acceptance of these rules and of all jury decisions.
  10. 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.
  11. Entry fee is $10.00 per sequence with a maximum of 4 sequences with a maximum running time of 12 mins per sequence.




The sequence can be about travel, history, natural history, sport, an event, a person or persons, nature or any subject or story that pertains to factual information. The sequence must contain text and/or narration– plus music and sound effects if desired. Video is allowed, but must not be more than 20% of the total duration of the sequence.


The sequence will portray any subject or story using a poem and/or song. The sequence cannot be accompanied by music alone, but must contain narration and/or text for poetry-based sequences, and song vocals and/or text for song-based sequences. Music and/or sound effects may also be applied. Video is allowed, but must not be more than 20% of the total duration of the sequence.


The challenge lies in the production and visual progression of images linked to instrumental music. It is not a requirement to have a story with a specific beginning, middle and end, but the production should be constructed so that images dissolve harmoniously in terms of colour or tone and graphic design. No narration, or songs with vocals, or text is allowed, except in the title slide and credits at the end. Video is allowed, but must not be more than 20% of the total duration of the sequence.


The sequence will portray any subject, story or theme other than defined in the Documentary, Photo Harmony, or Poetry and Song categories. Examples are: Humour, Fiction. The sequence may contain any combination of music, sound effects, text and/or narration. Video is allowed, but must not be more than 20% of the total duration of the sequence.

  Entries Open 01 February 2018
  Entries Close 11 May 2018
  Live Judging
26 May 2018
  Reports Emailed 01 June 2018
  Catalogues/Awards 22 June 2018

Judging panel:


  • Richard Venus B.A., B.Tech
  • Carol Packwood AV-AAPS
  • Des Berwick Dip.Photo.Imaging


  • West Torrens Auditorium (Hamra Centre)
    1 Brooker Terrace, Hilton SA 5033
    9:30am - Saturday 26th May 2018