Q: What is Conceptual Photography?
A: Conceptual photography is photography that illustrates an idea. Conceptual photography means that you have a very specific idea you want to share with your audience. It can be something rather simple like happiness or sadness or something more complex such as gender identities, existential issues and so on. The ‘concept’ is both preconceived and, if successful, understandable in the completed image.
Q: I’d like to enter a series instead of a single photograph. If all the photographs in the series meet the criteria, is this possible?
A: A series of images could only be submitted as one entry if all images were contained within the one file uploaded and within the one print if selected as a finalist for exhibition. Multiple images intended to be presented as one work will be rejected if uploaded separately.
Q: Are diptychs/ triptychs allowed?
A: Yes. So long as they are uploaded as one file and, if selected as a finalist, printed for exhibition as one work.
Q: Can I enter 4 images that could be judged separately, rather than as a panel?
A: You can enter up to 4 separate images and each of them will be judged separately. In fact, you cannot have your entries judged as a panel.
Q: The rules state that “each entry must not have been previously selected as a finalist in a Prize or exhibited at a major public institution”. Does this include FIAP-approved Salons/Exhibitions or does it refer to prizes Head On or the National Portrait Prize? And is it a problem if the entries are entered in other competitions after the entry deadline (recognising that they may then go on to receive Awards or be exhibited after the entry deadline?)
A: The reference to Prizes or exhibition at major public institutions does not include FIAP-approved salons. It is about such things as the Head On Photo Awards, the National Photographic Portrait Prize, the Martin Kantor Portrait Prize, the Olive Cotton Photographic Portrait Prize, the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Prize, the MORAN CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHIC PRIZE, the William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, the Heritage Bank Awards, the Fremantle International Portrait Prize, and so on. Since the words in the Terms and Conditions say “must not have been previously selected” there is no barrier to entering the same images elsewhere after the closing date for the MACPP 2020.
Q: If I am an accredited photography judge does that mean I cannot enter?
A: It is only the judges of MACPP 2020 that cannot enter MACPP.
Q: Since a warrant is a legal document do I have to get a JP to confirm my statements?
A: No, the word warrant as used in the terms and conditions is a verb and simply means “to guarantee or provide assurance”.
Q: Can I use a courier to collect work from the Gallery after the exhibition concludes?
A: Yes, provided the gallery are advised that you have authorised the courier to collect your work.
Q: Does the finished work have to be paper based? Are prints on acrylic or metal allowed?
A: The choice of medium rests with the finalists.
Q: Do finalist’s prints have to use acrylic glazing or Perspex if they have been printed on acrylic or metal?
A: Not necessarily. The only issue is the exposed edges and particularly corners which are very vulnerable during transport. (http://magnet.org.au/printing/ can offer a special price for archival printing, framing, mounting , scanning for entrants. They can also mount conventional prints using archival materials on Aluminium panels.)