The Australian Portrait Competition, which is a part of the Australian Portrait Conference ( TPC ) Terms and Conditions 2018


1. The competition is open to all Australian’s and New Zealander’s who have been a citizen or resident for at least one year prior to the TPC closing date, 1st August 2018.

2. Entrants of the open and amateur categories must be over the age of 18 years of age unless they have also entered the Student category.

3. Minors may enter the Student category only with the consent of a parent or guardian. A consenting parent or guardian is bound by these Terms and Conditions as if they were the entrant. In considering whether to consent to your child’s entry, we draw your particular attention to


4. Open
The open category is open to Professionals who earn a full time or part time income from photography.

5. Amateur
The amateur category can only be entered by people who earn under $1000 per year in income from photography, income and prizes from winning photography competitions is not counted.

6. Student
The student category can only be entered by students in academic year 10,11 or12. Any student earning an income from photography will be disqualified from entering the student category.

The Competition

7. Entry forms and entry fees must be received by the Portrait Competition by 23.59pm on 31st July 2018.

8. The Entry Fee is AUD $25.00 per image and AUD $15 per image in the Student category. There is no limit to the amount of images that can be entered. There is one free entry for every four paid entries (per category) – so enter four images (per category) and you receive a fifth entry free. Enter another four entries and you get the tenth entry free etc.

9. All communications about the TPC will be sent via your nominated email. By agreeing to the terms and conditions you are agreeing to be added to our subscriber database and you understand that the TPC and by extention Kayell Australia may send you relevant information from time to time. You are able to unsubscribe from these databases at any time, as per our privacy policy.

10. To enter, you must upload your entry(s) via our website:, following the on-screen instructions carefully.

11. Each Entry must be entered into a Category, entrants may enter all their entries into one category, or several categories as long as they qualify. Please read points 4,5 and 6 for clarification.

12. The judges are looking for a professional standard of presentation and a highly creative approach or treatment. A brief comment for every image will be supplied from the judges. This will be a generic comment and will be designed to instruct less successful entrants as to what aspects of the image they can improve and work on. It is provided in good faith.

13. Entrants must upload their Entries as digital files via and comply with the following specifications:

• Adobe RGB colour space, 8-bit;
• Measure 3000 pixels on the longest side;
• Be saved as a JPEG at a setting of 9 or higher.
• Winning Entrants must also be able to provide a high resolution digital file suitable for printing if required.

14. Entries to the Australian Portrait Competition 2018 – must:
• be a photo of a human being or animal
• be an original work owned by the entrant
• be a still, photo-based image

15. The winners of the three categories will be contacted after the 10th of September 2018.

16. All entrants can login to the website and see their scores after judging has been completed. All entrants who score a Gold, Silver or Bronze will be able to download their image with the appropriate emblem.

17. The top 30 scoring entrants will gain free entry into the TPC print competition that will be exhibited and judged at the close of the Australian Portrait Conference on the 14th October 2018. If an individual has more than one entry in the top 30, they will be asked to choose the one they wish to enter into the print competition. It is our aim to have 30 individual’s in the print competition.

18. The top 30 scoring entrants to the print competition will be notified and asked to supply a high-resolution image, which will be printed by Kayell Australia.

19. The 30 finalists in the print competition will be invited to attend the winner’s announcement on the evening of the 14th October 2018 at the Maritime Museum Darling Harbor Sydney. 


20. Judging will be blind. No names or other indicators are allowed in or on the entry that could indicate who is the author of the entry.

21. Each entry will be scored by 3 separate judges. The organiser reserves the right to replace the nominated judges should the need arise.

22. The judging process is as follows:
• Each entry will be judged in its category and the judges scores will be averaged to produce a final score.

• The entry with the highest final score within each category will be deemed the category winner. The next two higest scores will be deemed 2nd and third place winners.

• In the case of a category tie, the judges three individual scores for each entry will be added together to produce a score tie calculation. The entry with the highest score tie calculation will be deemed the winner.

• In the event that entries in a category are still tied at the end of the judging process, those images will be re-judged to produce a winner.


23. There are three categories: Open, Amateur and Student

The winners of the Open and Amateur categories will win:

1st Prize: $10,000.00 cash
2nd Prize: Nikon D850 Digital Camera Body
3rd Prize: Eizo Coloredge CG2420 LCD Monitor

The winners of the Student category will win:

1st Prize: $2,000.00 cash
2nd Prize: $1,000.00 cash
3rd Prize: $500.00 cash

The winners of the Print Competition will win:

1st Prize: Epson SureColor P9070 44” Inkjet printer
2nd Prize: Nikon D850 Digital Camera Body
3rd Prize: Eizo Coloredge CG2420 LCD Monitor

Kayell Staff Awards:

Kayell staff will be selecting entries from the Portrait Competition and awarding vouchers to the amount of $1500. 

24. Additional non-financial Gold, Silver and Bronze Merit Awards will be will be awarded based on the averaged 3 voting scores as follows:

Gold for scores of 90 - 100
Silver for scores of 80 - 89
Bronze for scores of 70 – 79

25. Winning Entrants must agree to participate in related publicity and to the use of their name and likeness for the purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity without additional compensation.

26. The decision of the Organiser is final. 


27. The copyright for all images entered in The Portrait Conference Online and Print Competitions will remain the property of the entrant, but it is a condition of entry that the entrant or their representatives agree unconditionally that The Portrait Competition and Kayell Australia may reproduce any works, free of charge, for the purposes of marketing, promotion, discussion and education in direct connection with the TPC. The TPC also reserves the right to reproduce selected images free of charge for core non-commercial purposes, for example in the past competitions page of the TPC website, indefinitely, as a public record.

28. The entrant warrants that the work submitted is original and does not infringe the copyright, moral rights or other rights of any third party and that he or she owns all rights and interests in the work submitted. The entrant will indemnify and keep indemnified The Portrait Competition and Kayell Australia against any claim by a third party in relation to the work.

29. Entry fees and prizes are quoted in Australian dollars. The Organiser does not account or have any liability for any participant's bank fees and charges that may be levied in currency conversion and currency transaction by the participating bank or institution. Prizes are paid in AUD. Currency conversions to local currency are at winners' discretion and expense at the time of conversion.

30. Entry receipts for the competition are stored in your account details. Your purchase receipt will be listed there.

31. There are no alternative prizes available for prize winners.

32. The judges will determine the winning entry in each category. If the Organiser cannot contact a winning entrant by email within a reasonable time, the judges may award the prize(s) to another entry.

33. It is also a condition on entering the competition that the entrant agrees that visitors to the print competition are permitted to take photographs of their work for personal, non-commercial use during the run of the exhibition. The TPC will install notices indicating that photography is permitted provided it is for personal, non-commercial use but will not be responsible if any images of the work taken are exploited commercially.

34. Those not eligible for entry are employees and Judges of The Portrait Competition and The Portrait Conference, Kayell Australia, and their agents, friends and family.

35. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence can be entered into. Entrants should be aware that all works are judged on an equal and anonymous basis and that there is no segregated judging by region or country.

36. The Portrait Competition reserves the right to disqualify any piece of work if the entrant has not adhered to the rules, even if the work has been selected for exhibition.

37. All entries are subject to the laws of Australia and the state of New South Wales.

38. All terms and conditions subject to change without notice, with the exception of the copyright and licensing terms