Ranger Sharyn with albatross chick
Image: Chris McCormick | ©


Name submissions have now closed. We had over 700 name entries this year, making it a tough job for us to select just 20 names based on the judging criteria.


Entries are now closed for Royal Cam name the chick competition 2021.

This year’s Royal Cam’s name the chick competition differs from past seasons. This is both to welcome our growing global audience and partly because of the ongoing impact of COVID-19.

The competition and public vote is open to everyone in New Zealand and across the globe.

Submissions are now closed

Name submissions for the Royal Cam chick closed 15 April 2021, 5 pm New Zealand Standard Time (NZST).

The public vote to select the chick's name will open on this page from 29 April 2021 at 9 am NZST.

What entrants could win

We have several prize packages those who submitted a name could win from DOC and the Royal Albatross Centre. The Royal Albatross Centre have generously supported each prize with unique items for royal albatross fans.

  • First prize: A professionally printed and framed A3 image of this year's chick, a Tumbleweed teeshirt worth $60 and a soft toy albatross chick worth $30
  • Second prize: Prize pack of an 'Albatross: their world, their ways' book worth $40 and albatross chick toy with sound worth $25
  • Spot prizes: Prizes worth up to $20 including an albatross tea towel, a reusable travel cup and fridge magnets

First prize will be awarded to the submitter of the chosen name. Second prize will be awarded to a randomly drawn submitter of one of the top 20 names. Spot prizes will be randomly selected from all valid name submissions. 

We will pay for any domestic or international shipping costs needed for you to receive your prize.

How the chick's name will be selected

We are working to select the top 20 names based on the theme and judging criteria. Te Poāri a Pukekura (Pukekura Co-management Trust) will then shortlist the top five names for the public vote.

The top five names will then go out to public so they can vote on the name for the chick that they like the best. The public vote opens 29 April at 9 am NZST and closes on 6 May 2021 at 5 pm NZST.

Theme and judging criteria

This year's competition theme is ‘kaitiaki’ which is the Māori concept of guardianship over the land, sea and sky. This theme has been chosen to inspire names that celebrate this vital role.

The presence of albatross can indicate if a natural environment is healthy. We can support the health of the natural spaces albatross need to nest, forage and fly wherever we are in the world. This will help ensure this special species and the Royal Cam chick can thrive.

The judges are looking for names that:

  • have clear a relevance to the theme, the chick, colony or species
  • have strong originality and/or creativity
  • reflect the characteristics of northern royal albatross or their habitat on Pukekura/Taiaroa Head.

Read the full terms and conditions.

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