Iris; A Selection of Awarded Photography From the NZIPP

16 Byron Street, Napier

‘Iris’ is an exhibition of a selection of awarded photographic images from the 2018 NZIPP Iris Awards. Most of the photographers exhibiting are from the Hawke's Bay & greater Central Districts Region, with one or two from Wellington and the Bay of Plenty.

The New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP) is an internationally recognised organisation, and the only qualifying body for professional photographers in New Zealand. NZIPP is also a not-for-profit organisation, run by photographers for photographers.

Established in 1938, the organisation has a great appreciation for the history of the industry, coupled with a huge vision as the members move forward collectively. Their aim is to encourage and cultivate friendship, collaboration and the sharing of knowledge between members, alongside setting standards in technical, creative and business practice.

The success of NZIPP comes from the strength of its volunteer network; from the elected Board members, the groups around the country who organise regional events, through to members who make up the Accreditation and Honours Teams.

The NZIPP community is made up of over 350 members that shoot a huge variety of work from weddings and portraits through to high end advertising campaigns. But of course the photography industry extends far beyond just the photographers, and one of the great things about the NZIPP community is the amazing relationships with the many photographic suppliers and retailers that share their passion for the industry.

Please join the pthotographers and members of the NZIPP to celebrate the opening of this prestigious exhibition, on Friday 11 January, 5-7pm. All welcome!

NZIPP run events throughout the year to develop members but also with the goal to enhance the awareness and community engagement with professional photography. One of these events is the iconic Iris Awards, which is a photographic print judging competition held annually.

InFocus Conference is a concentrated weekend of inspiration and upskilling targeted towards professional photographers. Alongside this runs ‘Exposure’ which connects our professional community with the general public.

2018 Iris Awards Info & Stats.

Nikon / NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards, held in Wellington 5-7 July 2018 NZ’s largest print award competition for professional photographers.

Number of Entrants: 180+
Number of Entries: 1168

Categories: 14
Book, Commercial, Creative, Documentary, Family, Illustrative, Landscape, Nature, Portrait In-Camera Artistry, Portrait Open, Student, Travel, Wedding In-Camera Artistry, Wedding Open

Awards: Bronze – 457
Silver – 222
Silver with Distinction – 59 Gold – 25
Gold with Distinction – 5


Regions: Auckland/Northland, Waikato/Bay of Plenty, Central Districts, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch/Westland, Otago/Southland

Take a look around...


Mon 21st Jan 2019, 10:00am

Tue 22nd Jan 2019, 10:00am

Wed 23rd Jan 2019, 10:00am

Thu 24th Jan 2019, 10:00am


Creative Arts Napier, Community Arts Centre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

16 Byron Street, Napier