Code of Ethics Policy

Purpose: The purpose of this document is to set out the
behavioural standards expected of Australian Photographic Judges Association
(APJA) members, and the higher standards expected of the Committee
Members.  Upon joining the APJA members
agree to abide by the model rules.  This
document articulates and promotes the ethical principles that underly the model
rules of the APJA.

General: Pursuant to model rules, Division 2 subsection 19,
the following behaviour is expected of all members:

·       When participating in any photographic pursuit members are expected to
obey all relevant legal requirements.

·    All members are expected to represent the APJA in a professional manner
with fairness and respecting others.

·       Honesty and integrity are expected at all times when representing the
APJA as well as abide by all ethical constraints.

·       In the spirit of “Respect for People”:

o   Everyone is to be treated with courtesy, respect and sensitivity.

o   Bullying, harassment of any kind, discrimination of any kind, including being demeaning and coercive will not be tolerated.

o   Value members and their positive contribution.

o   Give constructive feedback when asked and where appropriate.

·       Do not use any APJA communication channels or social media platforms to
express hatred, criticism, abuse or any derogatory comments. 

·       Adhere to all policies, procedures, regulations and legislative
requirements of the APJA.

Committee: In addition to the above requirements all
Committee Members are expected to adhere to these additional ethical

·       Discharge the duties of their office with diligence.

·       In the spirit of “Respect for People”; in project reviews always
indicate that there has been either a failure within training or the project
process.  It is never appropriate to
blame the person.

·       Attend all committee meetings or forward their apologies, prior to the
meeting, in the event of non‑attendance.

·       Strive to find opportunities to improve the processes, functions and
operations of the APJA in the spirit of “Continuous Improvement”.

·        Pursuant to Part 5, Division 4, subsection 65 of the Model Rules
declare any conflicts of interest.  These
conflicts may arise where a person exploits their position to obtain a personal
benefit.  These benefits are, but not
limited to, money, status, knowledge, relationships, or reputation, which puts
into question their actions, judgement and/or decision-making as being
unbiased.  By definition, a
“conflict of interest” occurs if, within a particular decision-making
context, an individual is subject to two coexisting interests that are in
direct conflict with each other.

·        Always act with integrity and ensure that all decisions are made in the best interests of the APJA.

·        Ensure that any media release does not push personal views or in any way damage APJA’s reputation.

·        Not accept gifts of any kind, except those awarded for judging expertise outside of the committee commitment.

·        Not take undue advantage of their position on the Committee in any way to push personal views, criticisms or policy positions.

References: VAPS Code of
Ethics, Australian Ethical, The Australian Psychological Society Limited, Investopedia and Wikipedia

Level 6 Master

Level 6 training is not about image evaluation or image judging, it has in fact travelled full circle from Level 1 being all about the judge as a person and photographic judge, through the intermediate levels which included discussion on many of the genre in photography to level 6 where at this level you will hopefully learn more about some of the aspects behind art and photography. 

Level 6 is about you being able to teach and pass on your knowledge to others.  In Master training we hope to equip you with an understanding of what lies behind your judging.