Photography is a universal language; a medium that has no cultural or language barriers. It allows the sharing of narrative and self-expression across all demographics and cultures.


The Asia Pacific Photography Awards were launched for the first time in 2021 to celebrate and promote the diversity of photographic genres worldwide. Hosted by the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography, the awards are run by photographers, for photographers.  We know the growth that comes from entering awards and the significant improvement that happens in your work from that experience.


These awards offer you the opportunity to challenge and express yourself through presenting work that fosters innovation, and inspires and influences others.


Whether you are an amateur or a professional photographer, we encourage you to put your work out to the world and see the value in entering the Awards for yourself.


Make a commitment to your growth and enter today. Who knows, you could be a winner and advertise yourself as an award-winning – or maybe a multi-award-winning photographer! Whatever your results, entering is always a rewarding experience.


Finding a way to stand out from the crowd is vital to making your photography a success. You’ll be in the running to win one of our many awards – from Highly Commended to Gold with Excellence on individual images, people’s choice awards, top 20 finalist in any of our categories, category winner or overall Grand Champion – this is your time to shine!




Under 18 Category: We have removed the Under 18 category from the Asia Pacific Photography Awards. Entrants under the age of 18 can enter any category, and must complete the parent/guardian consent form. An Under 18 entrant winner will be awarded if more than ten entries are received. The process for determining the winner will be that of Category Finalists as described below.


CATEGORY FINALISTS: The top 10 images in each category will go to a live judge off. Scores will be wiped, and the panel of five judges will have the opportunity to discuss and rescore the image. The category winner will be the highest scorer of the top 10 entries.


ENTRY FEES: The entry fee is $20US per image, with the option to add on comprehensive feedback as below.


FEEDBACK: Images will receive a score only, unless the comprehensive written feedback option is selected in the entry portal. There is an additional charge of $10US per image for the feedback option. Under 18 entrants do not need to select this option as some written feedback is included in their entry fee.


GRAND CHAMPION AWARD: To be eligible to win the Grand Champion Award, you need to enter a minimum of 3 images across any categories. A $1000US cash prize will be awarded to the Overall Grand Champion Winner, in line with the terms and conditions outlined under the Judging page of this website.


The Asia Pacific Photography Awards Grand Champion finalists for 2024 will be the three photographers with the highest score of their top 3 entries from the awards. A panel of five judges will meet in a closed forum to vote for one winner that best represents “What the judges are looking for”: good camera and post-production technique; visual impact and/or storytelling and originality.


PUBLIC VOTING: To ensure voting is fair, voters must now register in order to cast a vote.


Good luck with your entries!

Entry is open to all photographers of all ages and abilities, from anywhere in the world.


Under 18 entrants are for  those aged 17 years or under on 1st January 2024.


All entrants must comply with the terms and conditions of these awards.

Entry is easy – follow the links to any of our 12 categories, and click the link to enter. You’ll be taken to our entry portal where you can submit your image, or images.




Entry fee: Score only: $20US per image. Add on comprehensive written feedback for $10US per image.

Online Entries Open: Monday 1st January 2024 at 12pm NZST

Online Entries Close: Friday 1st March 2024 at 11.59pm NZST

People's Choice Voting Opens: Monday 4th March 2024 at 12pm NZST

People's Choice Voting Closes: Sunday 10th March 2024 at 11.59pm NZST

Top 20 Category Finalists Announced: From Monday 25th March 2024 at 12pm, NZST

All winners announced Sunday 31st March from 12pm, NZST.