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APS AV National Exhibitions

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  • Genres Explained
  • Awards
  • Rules

  Entries Close 7th November 2020
 Judging Online 13th November 2020
 Results 20th November 2020
 Catalogues & Awards 11th December 2020

Judging panel:


  • Jan Burt
  • Sue Rocco
  • Bob Thomas


Judging will occur online via Zoom

Please note there are no longer any categories, this is an OPEN competition. The following is for reference only.

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 accepted within a sequence if relevant to the story and not more than 20% of the total duration of the sequence.


Nature – Depicts elements of the natural world in a photographic process which can be broken down into specialty fields – Wildlife, Landscape, Birds, Underwater, Astro, Macro/Close-up.
History - History is a narration of the events which have happened among mankind, including an account of the rise and fall of nations, as well as of other great changes which have affected the political and social condition of humans.
Travel – Places visited locally or worldwide.
Social - Social documentary is the recording of how the world looks with a social and/or environmental focus. The aim is to draw the public's attention to ongoing social issues. It may also refer to a socially critical genre of photography dedicated to showing the life of underprivileged or disadvantaged people.


Fiction - is any story or setting that is derived from imagination—in other words, not based strictly on history or fact.
Humour - is the tendency of experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement.


Poetry - is a type of literature, or artistic writing, that attempts to stir the imagination or emotions. The poet does this by carefully choosing and arranging language for its meaning, sound, and rhythm. Voice-over or text can be used in the sequence.
Music - 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.
Song - A song is a single musical composition that has a melody and, often, words that are sung by a vocalist. The words of a song are called the lyrics, and they may include verses that tell a story. The photographs in the sequence will depict the story of the song.

Video is allowed in the sequences but must not be more than 20% of the total duration of the audio visual.


  • 1st Place APS Gold Medallion
  • 2nd Place Silver Plaque
  • 3rd Place Bronze Medallion
  • Herbert Medallions for excellence in various areas for audio visual production, best novice entry
  • Merits & Acceptances
  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 previously accepted AVs in the current National being entered at the time, cannot be entered again.
  3. All entries will be judged for 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. 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.
  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. Sequences must be in a format which allows them to be played on a PC without the need for the software which created them, do not have a ‘run box’, and should close automatically once finished.
    The file resolution can be from 1024 x 768 pixels (4:3 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.
  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.


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.