That is down to me not studying the entry conditions hard enough. Or reading between the lines...
The rules and conditions of entry read: "Once you have entered online you must print and mount your entries and send in an official AIPP Print case."
However I think it would have been more correct to say "Once you have printed and mounted your photos you should complete the online entry form and send them in an official AIPP Print case." Because there wasn't enough time after entries opened online to then print and mount the photos and get them to Perth by the closing time (5pm today).
I rushed the printing of my photos last week and got them to Southern Picture Framers in Bunbury last Friday so that they could be mounted according to the instructions (on 16" x 20" foam-core and matted with white). I went to Bunbury and picked them up yesterday, and went online to complete the online entry form today before the 5pm deadline. After making sure the digital files complied with the regulations - in the right format (jpg saved at minimum compression), colour space (Adobe RGB), at the right resolution (300ppi) and the correct dimensions (2362 pixels on the longest side) I began to upload the digital files to the AIPP website.
THEN I realised that not only did the online entries need to be received today, but also the physical prints! Judging starts on Monday! OMG!!! Why didn't I notice that very important piece of information before??
Of course if I lived in Perth I could have just driven over and dropped the prints off at Fitzgerald Photo Imaging in North Perth...
And the moral of the story?
Be organised, read the instructions, and live in Perth.