15 May 2016

Choosing an Ethical Photographic Competition

Choosing an Ethical Competition

Photographers these days have literally hundreds of competitions they can enter - via magazines, local clubs or the internet. How do you know the competition you are entering is genuine; the judging is objective and the people organising the competition are not motivated by personal profit.

FiPP Committee planning for 2017
When you submit a photograph to your local camera club you basically know everyone so its relatively simple to observe and make a common-sense judgement. However, when you submit an entry through a website to a country on the other side of the world you may wonder where your entry and money is going.

Here are a few tell-signs that a competition may have doubtful ethical standards.
  • consistently extend the closing date
  • assume copyright of your image
  • offer 'valuable exposure' in place of of cash prizes or photo equipment
  • do not explain what happens to the entry fees
  • fail to disclose who owns the competition
  • conduct multiple competitions every month
  • are not a legally registered organisation
  • have a website that 'locks' you in to providing data before revealing the cost
Visitos to 2015 FiPP
The Fremantle International Portrait Prize (FiPP) is an incorporated body in the State of Western Australia. Fremantle is the major Port City of Western Australia. FiPP was formed in 2010.

Interstate entrants at the Moores Gallery
FiPP has never extended a closing date. They open on the day advertised and they close on the day advertised. There are no exceptions. Entrants retain full copyright of their images.

FiPP has offered $5000 cash and photographic and cash prizes totalling another $5000 for the last two competitions. In addition, finalists and winners do receive exposure in local and state press as well as social media.

Three independent judges are appointed for each FiPP. No sponsors or employees of sponsors are permitted to enter FiPP.

All profits from entry fees are directed to a a registered charity in Western Australia - the Arthritis and

Julie Kimpton (Nikon) at the 2015 FiPP
Osteoporosis Foundation. To date FiPP has raised more than $50,000 for the Arthritis Foundation and given away $30,000 in cash and prizes to entrants. Judges, stewards and committee members are all volunteers giving of their time freely. None receive any payment.

FiPP is conducted only ONCE every second year. The next FiPP is in 2017. 

The Fremantle International Portrait Prize is proudly sponsored or supported  by the City of Fremantle,  Nikon, Fitzgerald Photo Imaging, Fremantle Port Authority, Camera House Fremantle, University Extension at the University of WA, Team Digital and Camera Electronic, Better Photography, Beyond Tourism Travel, Community News Group, Fremantle Herald,  C R Kennedy, Ilford, Mill Point Quartet, Thompson Estate.

When considering a major and prestigious competition to enter in 2017 please consider the Fremantle International Portrait Prize and become a part of a competition the world is coming to love.