Now that 2017 has finally arrived, the organising committee of the Fremantle International Portrait Prize (FiPP) welcomes all photographers, amateur and pros alike, to vie for one of Australia's fastest-growing photography awards.
It's a whole 'new-look' FiPP too. As you can see from the information below, the New Year has rung in some important changes. Check our website and Facebook regularly in the lead up to the June 12kick-off of this year's competition.
For those new to FiPP, we're a not-for-profit group (based in Fremantle in Western Australia). We run an ethical, worldwide competition every two years to find the World's best digital portrait photograph. This is the fourth event and each time participation has grown in leaps and bounds. Oh... and we also donate whatever entry fees we receive that we don't need to keep FiPP going to charity. Currently our beneficiary is Arthritis and Osteoporosis WA, a very worth cause indeed, given that 60% of all of us will suffer from some form of AO in our lifetimes. (There are links to AOWA from our website so you can see the fantastic work that they do in our community).
Here are just a couple of the highlights so far...
Strongest judging panel ever?
You be the judge. FiPP2015 winner Steve Wise (pictured) puts down the camera and picks up the marking pen for this biennial! Joining him is Australia's first ever female AiPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photographers) Grand Master, Lyn-Whitfield-King! And rounding off the panel (and adding a different artist's perspective) is uber-sculptor Greg James! Check them out HERE!
Camera or phone. Take your pic!
We're adding a mobile phone only section for FiPP2017. Details are still being fine-tuned (so keep an eye on our Facebook) but the plan is to allow entry into the main ($5,000 first-prize) competition for portraits created with any kind of digital photographic device while offering a separate entry path for those who prefer only to compete with other mobile phone photographers. At this stage the prize for the phone section will be$1,000 cash but the entry fee will only be half of that for the main award. More details to come...
Come on, you know you like it!
Facebook will play a big role in this year's FiPP so make sure you like our page to see our regular posts.
Our website will also carry important news and, of course, provide all the rules and regulations you'll need to successfully enter the award.
Entry fees for FiPP2017 have been set at $20 per image for the 'open' FiPP and $10 for the mobile-phone-only section.