• Artists must understand the different types of prints: refer to the definitions listed below.
  • Please note: all this information also applies to photography
  • The number of prints permitted must be from a limited edition of 30 or less
  • The artwork labels on all prints must be clearly labelled with the printing method and edition number
  • Prints must be printed onto high-quality paper or another suitable high-quality surface. We do not recommend printing onto canvas as it is considered substandard
  • Printing onto foam core is not permitted as it is an unstable surface easily prone to damage
  • A well-presented print, especially framed, is more likely to appeal to the purchaser


  • Artists are able to bring all 30 editions of any particular print
  • Prints exhibited on the wall must be framed or at least presented in an attractive manner
  • Artists may bring reproduction prints in addition to original artworks: artists may not solely submit reproduction prints.
  • Artists may display unframed prints in a display unit that the artist supplies


  • Artists may submit 1 copy from any particular edition
  • Only framed prints are permitted
  • Only original prints are permitted: reproduction prints are not allowed
  • Up to six different artworks are allowed, but if you would like to send additional copies of those six artworks please contact us


Original Prints

  • Original printmaking or original hand-pulled prints
  • Made from a single plate created by the artist
  • Comprises any of the following: relief prints, intaglio prints, lithographic prints (not offset), screenprints and monotypes
  • Prints are generated by the artist or by someone else under the artist’s directions and supervision

Reproduction Prints

  • Often referred to as prints because they are normally printed via a mechanical printing process like inkjet or laser printing, but technically they are reproductions or printed copies
  • The artist commissions copies of original 2D artworks, generally paintings

Fine Art Digital Prints

  • Images are created on a digital device – e.g, computer
  • Prints are generated using a mechanical printing process like laser or inkjet print technology etc
  • If only one print is created, then the NZ Art Show will deem it an original
  • If more than one print is generated, they are copies

Photographs and Photographic Prints

  • Images created by a photographic process: exposing light through a transparent material onto a suitable surface (generally a photo-sensitive surface)
  • Some examples: film camera and photographic negative, pinhole photography, slides, cyanotypes, digital devices
  • Each image or print is a copy or an edition

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