“The most difficult thing for me is

a portrait. You have to try and put

your camera between the skin of

a person and his/her shirt.”

Henri Cartier-Bresson

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THE FREMANTLE INTERNATIONAL PORTRAIT PRIZE

What’s all this then?

Welcome to the website of the Fremantle International Portrait Prize (FiPP). Endorsed by the City of Fremantle, the FiPP is fast becoming one of Australia's most prestigious photographic portrait awards. The competition involves the initial submission of digital images which are then short-listed by a panel of three independent distinguished judges. Around 75-100 finalists’ images are exhibited for a week as prints in the Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery, Fremantle Western Australia, starting with an Exhibition Opening event at which the winners are announced. The next FiPP will take place in mid-2015 (see the competition timeline here).

Why should I get involved?

Win big prizes! Share in over $12,000 in cash and prizes* (including a $5,000 cash First Prize). Feel good! Help the FiPP promote excellence in the art of portrait photography at the same time as raising funds for the well established charitable organisation, Arthritis & Osteoporosis Western Australia. By participating in the FiPP you can help vital work in the prevention and treatment of arthritis which occurs across all age groups, from children to the elderly. Be informed! Sign up to our mailing list and never miss another announcement about the FiPP competition!

What happened last time?

The second FiPP was an outstanding success in 2013. The competition is growing at an astounding rate. The highlights included: 1,760 entries were received from 29 countries (this was 150% more than the previous year) First place was won by a photographer in Croatia 3 of the top 9 prizewinners (33%) were from countries outside Australia 3,883 people visited the one-week exhibition in Fremantle (NB: due to venue availability, this event was open for half the time of the 2012 exhibition). This represented and increase of 95% in visitor volume per day during the exhibition) 23,001 unique visitors have used the FiPP website so far in calendar 2013 (up to 1 September) and the associated blog has been viewed 28,261 times since its launch in 2012. The FiPP website site had 1,722,709 hits in the same period; and Over $22,000 was raised for our charity sponsors, Arthritis & Osteoporosis WA

OK. What happened the first time then?

The inaugural FiPP was an outstanding success in 2012. The highlights included: 696 entries were received from 22 countries Third place was won by a photographer in Hungary 4,432 people visited the two-week exhibition in Fremantle 5,491 unique visitors used the FiPP website in calendar 2012 (the site had 330,000 hits in the same period) $5,962 was raised for our charity sponsors, Arthritis & Osteoporosis WA; and 6,223 votes were cast in the on-line People's Choice award after the exhibition.

So how do I enter?

On 15 June 2015, the official entry portal will be opened, allowing photographers from around the world** to submit up to five images per entry in the competition. A link to the entry portal will appear on this website from that date. The entry portal facility will close at midnight*** on 21 August 2015. For more information about how the awards are run, see the ‘News’ page above (plus, in early 2015, this site will also feature a comprehensive listing of all the competition’s rules and regulations as well as a detailed FAQ page to assist in the entry process. (*) All prizes are expressed in Australian Dollars. (**) Entrants must live in a country in which they can use a valid Mastercard of Visa Card to pay the relevant entry fee online. (***) All times are expressed as Western Australian Standard Time (WST - which is Greenwich Mean Time PLUS 8 hours).
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