Send us your photos: Contact the Department of Conservation

A visitor capturing the view from Kapiti Island
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Photo submissions are temporarily closed. Share photos you have taken of our huts, campsites, tracks, or places.


There are many places and facilities around New Zealand we don't have photos of, and we are often looking for photos to use on our website and social media, on posters, brochures and other printed material.

Although you won't be paid, if we use your photo you will be credited and you can choose the copyright licence.

Make sure you agree to the terms and conditions before submitting your photo, and include all the required details or we will be unable to use your photo

Photo submissions temporarily closed

Thank you for sending in your photos – we’ve received a fantastic response.

We’re temporarily closing the submissions inbox, so we have time to sort through all the stunning photos you've sent us. If you submitted, thank you. We appreciate you sharing your images with us.

If you haven’t sent your photos in yet, not to worry, we’ll open submissions again in the future with a list of the places we’re still missing images for.

Copyright licence

We allow photos shared with us to be used by our partners, individuals or other organisations. We apply the Creative Commons licence Attribution (CC BY 2.0)

Let us know if:

  • you want us to apply a different Creative Commons licence
  • you don't want your photo to be used by others – we'll add a copyright symbol (however we are less likely to use your photo).

We aren't able to download copyrighted photos. If your submission is a link to your flickr gallery, make sure your flickr permissions are set to allow Creative Commons use, or send us a dropbox link.

Photo credit

  • If we use your photo, you'll be given a credit with the photo. 
  • If you supply a link to your flickr account, instagram, blog or website we can link to it in the credit.

Terms and conditions

By submitting your photo you agree to the following:

  1. You are granting the Department of Conservation (DOC) permission to use your photo as it sees fit, for the sole purpose of promoting conservation and recreation activities.
  2. You are granting permission for your photo to be used in any medium or form of distribution, including but not limited to: the DOC website, social media channels, brochures, posters and other printed material. We may need to crop your photo, depending on how we use it.
  3. Depending on which licence you have selected, your photo may be shared with DOC's partners, individuals, or other third party organisations.
  4. You will not receive any payment if DOC decides to use your photo however you will always receive credit/acknowledgement whenever your photo is used. This will occur either in a picture credit, caption, link or acknowledgement within the publication.
  5. You retain copyright and intellectual property of the photo.
  6. You warrant that you hold all copyright and intellectual property in your photo.
  7. You indemnify and hold harmless both the Director-General and Minister of Conservation against all claims brought by any third party claiming breach of copyright or privacy breach in the photo.
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