Entry is open to all current financial members of the Society. Non-members may enter the Awards, provided the entrant joins the society and pays membership fees prior to their entry being accepted for judging.
Entries are accepted from August 1 to CoB August 21, with online entry forms on the ACS website. Entries must have been completed within two years of the Awards' date.
A panel of 5 ACS Accredited members judge for each host state and at least two of the panel members are not from the host state.
ACS member Gold winners from each State and Territory Awards automatically progress to the National Awards for Cinematography, which are held generally in April/May the following year in a capital city (on a rotational basis).