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: Yes, a series of either 3 or 4 images may be submitted as one entry in the Series section. Those entries will be judged alongside those in the Single Image section.
Q: Are diptychs/triptychs/etc 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: 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 such as 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 MCPP 2020.
Q: If I am an accredited photography judge does that mean I cannot enter?
A: It is only the judges of MCPP 2021 that cannot enter MCPP 2021.
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 is 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. Special care should be made with packaging to protect exposed edges and particularly corners which are very vulnerable during transport.