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.


21 October 2015

Special thanks to Fitzgerald Photo Lab

FiPP is deeply appreciative of all our sponsors in 2015. 
We must make special mention of Fitzgerald Photo Labs who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. 
'Fitzies' printed all 109 finalist's entries, 4 huge murals and the trophy. The quality of printing and finish is of the highest calibre and the project was finished ahead of time. A huge vote of thanks to Paul, PJ, Nova and all the team at Fitzgerald for an extraordinary and generous job well done!

03 September 2015

FiPP Website up and running - Long List published

Good news!

After a minor hiccup the FiPP Website is up and running again.

The LONG LIST of the top 620 entries (from 1865) is now available for viewing.

Click HERE to view results 

FiPP Website experiencing technical problems

Our apologies - the FiPP website is currently experiencing some technical problems and is down. We are working on teh problem and hope to have it up and running ASAP.

Dale Neill
Chief Steward

Houstin, we havea problem.

Houston, we have a problem!

Currently, we are attempting to email almost 2000 entrants to notify them if they have progressed past the first round of FiPP judging.

Every entrant will receive an email for every entry.
Our ISP has limited the number of emails we can send each hour and we are arranging to have that limit removed.

We hope that all the emails notifications will go out in the next 2-3 hours at the best and the next 2 days at the worst.

Thanks for your patience and your support of FiPP and Arthritis WA.

Dale Neill, Chief Steward

20 August 2015

Meet the 2015 Fremantle Portrait Prize Judges - Mark Greenland

Mark Greenland
Mark Greenland is well-known amateur photographer excelling in portraiture. His portrait images have won numerous awards. Mark is long-time, enthusiastic member of the Northern Exposure Camera Club (NEPG) and is also  a highly experienced and eloquent photographic judge. 

By day, Mark is a lawyer and runs his own law practice.  He is familiar with some of the technical and legal aspects of photography and photographic judging. Mark is a valued member of the judging team who have the challenging task of selecting winners in the 2015 Fremantle International Portrait Prize.

Whenever Mark is in a room with you know its not going to be a quiet evening.  One needs to be on guard as Mark's quick wit can easily leave you wondering what will happen next!. The sheer  exuberance  of photography and life is never far away when Mark Greenland is within flash distance.

Here are Mark's  answers to the questions I posed:

Mark as an Elinchrom flash model. photo: Dale Neill
FiPP:  What is your favourite overseas country/location? Why? 

Mark:  Avalon (the fabled isle to which King Arthur retired), because it would be mystical and spiritual, and free of marketing and electronic devices that don’t work.

FiPP:  Do you have a favourite sport/hobby/pastime? 

Mark: I’m fond of playing guitars, as long as I never find out how poorly I do it.

FiPP:  If you had the opportunity to do a portrait of anyone in the world (living) who would you choose? 

Mark:  I have not yet identified this person. He or she will be from a fallen race of dark hued kings and queens, and now is a victim of reduced circumstances in an uncaring white society. This could be your cleaner or ironing lady. Do you know the person I’m describing?

FiPP:  Besides your cameras and lenses what's the most essential thing you always carry on a  shoot. 

Mark: Batteries

FiPP: If you could speak to your 17 year old self, what photographic or life advice would you give yourself? 

Mark: Don’t give up so bloody easily! Also, not unrelated, take the time to look deeper than people’s faces.


19 August 2015

Meet the 2015 FiPP Judges - Abigail Harman

Abigail (Abbe) Harman has a trifecta in training in three different countries.

Initially Abbe undertook traditional training in the UK at City and Guilds of London Institute in Photography (Distinction) in 1983. She followed this with an Art and Design Degree at Michigan State University. In Australia Abigail has put that training and development to good use by establishing herself as a successful Commercial photographer in Perth, Western Australia. You can see some of Abigail's work by clicking HERE.

The effervescent Abigail's approach to Commercial success is reflected in her personal approach - an amazing capacity for work, creative flexibility and winning ways with her clients. Just like with Clint Eastwood, Abigail always makes your day. Once you've met Abbe, you are not likely to forget her.

In a recent chat with Abbe I posed her these questions.

FiPP:  Abbe, you're a keen traveller, what's your favourite overseas destination?

Abigail: My fave overseas country is the USA, particularly the South West – Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona. We lived in California for a time, so I love it there too. I think there is a link between these places and the music I listened to growing up and the movies I saw. 

FiPP: Do you have a favourite sport, hobby or past-time?

Abigail:  My favourite sport, hobby and pastime, all rolled into one, is observing my beloved ‘Mr Grumpy’ in action! He has me laughing in stitches all day long. My favourite occupation is photography (no surprise there) – whether doing it professionally or for my own pleasure.  Photography is like a love affair with life.
(FiPPnote: 'Mr Grumpy' is Abigail's husband John)

FiPP: If you could photograph anyone in the world who would you choose?

Photo by Sue McLeod
Abigail:  Clint Eastwood! He has the most interesting face. He seems to have been around all of my life and I have always enjoyed his movies, whether acting or directing. I think it would be an awesome challenge as I suspect he’s not that fussed with being photographed. 

FiPP: What is the one extra thing you always take with you on a shoot?

Abigail: Crunchy bars, chocolate and nuts: I have them in lots of pockets of my camera bag. I’m like a squirrel, but I get so hungry!! 

FiPP: What advice would you give to a 17 year old Abigail?

Abigail: There is so much I could tell myself now that I’m a wee bit older! I think it was Henri Cartier-Bresson who said ‘Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.’ It really is the case that the more you do something, the better you get at it and as you mature you will come to see that you have the potential to have a profound effect on others. The kinder and more empathetic you are to people, the more they’ll reveal of their true selves. In other words, be nice to people. You will then have a portrait of who they really are instead of just a picture of them.


 Entries to the 2015 Fremantle International Portrait Prize close on Friday 21 August. 

Click HERE for details.