Competition Rules

Australian Jigsaw Puzzle Association Official Competition Rules

  • Arrive early so we can get started on time.
  • Hands off means ‘HANDS OFF’.
  • DO NOT break/open the puzzle seal around the box until instructed to do so.
  • DO NOT interfere with other contestants or their puzzle.
  • If you are sharing a table, please be considerate of other team’s space and puzzle.
  • Your puzzle lid/box may be placed in the middle of the table between you and your competitor on the same table.
  • You are not required to stay seated in your chair to puzzle.
  • You may move around your table as long as you don’t impede on the space of the competitor(s) sharing
    your table or at surrounding tables.
  • You can leave your plastic packaging on the floor and the AJPA team will collect it.
  • You can eat, drink or go to the toilet but the clock will not stop for you.
  • CAN bring accessories and tools. ie: spatula, magnifying glass, sorting trays and headphones.
  • CANNOT bring headlight torches or adjustable puzzle board/ tilting puzzle boards.
  • LOUDLY let us know when you’ve finished your puzzle.
  • Please leave the competition area within 5 minutes of completing your puzzle.
  • Please respect the competitors still puzzling when you have finished by keeping quiet and moving away from their table.
  • 5 minute penalty applies for every 2 pieces that are found to be in the incorrect place after your time is recorded.
  • In the case of lost pieces, 10 seconds will be added to your final time for each lost piece.
  • You may ask/receive assistance to complete your puzzle but you will not have your time recorded and will not receive a ranking.
  • If you would like help to complete your puzzle let an officiator know and we will find someone to help you.
  • If you finish early and are happy to help others, please let an officiator know after you have finished your puzzle.
  • Any unfinished puzzles by the end of the 3hrs will have the remaining pieces counted to determine your
    placing/ranking.
  • We will count any pieces that are not in a joined group of 3 or more.
 

FOR STATE COMPETITIONS ONLY

  • Competitors must reside in the State of the Competition to be eligible to officially place as 1st, 2nd or 3rd and receive 1st, 2nd or 3rd prizes. They can win other prizes on the day i.e. raffles & giveaways.
  • If the participant resides in NT or ACT where no state competitions are held, the participant may take out 1st, 2nd or 3rd place with prizes at the first State Competition they compete in for the calendar year.
  • International competitors are welcome to enter the National Competition, however they cannot officially place as 1st, 2nd or 3rd and receive 1st, 2nd or 3rd prizes. They can win other prizes on the day i.e. raffles & giveaways.

FOR NATIONAL COMPETITIONS ONLY

  • International competitors are welcome to enter the National Competition, however they cannot officially place as 1st, 2nd or 3rd and receive 1st, 2nd or 3rd prizes. They can win other prizes on the day i.e. raffles & giveaways.
 

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