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Image: Dean Strachan | DOC


Budding photographers are encouraged to go outdoors and take photos as part of Conservation Week 2019.

Who can enter

You need to be:

  • living or studying in the district
  • an amateur photographer.

See the image at the top of the page for the area covered by the competition.

What you could win

You could win one or a combination of these:

  • A share of $1000 worth of Harvey Norman vouchers – provided by Toi Ohomai Rotorua
  • Half-Day Photographic Mentoring – Kim Westerskov Photographer
  • Family Pass for Tarawera and Lakes Tour – Rotorua Duck Tours 
  • Rafting on the Kaituna River – River Rats Raft and Kayak
  • Half-Day Mountain Bike Hire – Mountain Bike Rotorua
  • Outdoor gravity Ogo ride – OGO Rotorua 
  • 1-month pass for Rachel Pool – QE Health

You may also get your photos included in a digital photography exhibition.

How to enter

1. Take great photos

We want great photos taken in the district that shows:

  • scenery
  • flora (plantlife)
  • fauna (wildlife), and
  • people enjoying the outdoors.

You can enter up to three photos.


The three main themes are:

  • New Zealand scenery
  • New Zealand creatures and critters
  • people enjoying the outdoors, for example, hiking, biking, or picnicking.

2. Send your photos to us

Each different photo needs to be sent as a separate email to us. Include in the email subject line what category you are, either adult or youth.

Submissions close midnight 8 September 2019.

You need to include:

  • your first and last name
  • if you're adult or youth (15-year-olds and under), and age if you are youth
  • your school if you go to one
  • your contact details, phone number or email
  • a brief description of what the photos are of, location of the photo, and when it was taken.


3. After you enter the competition

A panel of judges selected by DOC will judge all the photographs. They will then choose winners for each category.

Their decisions will be based on:

  • originality and creativity
  • content
  • composition.

The winners will be advised by email no later than 13 September 2019.

Terms and conditions

  1. The competition opens on Tuesday 06 August 2019 at 12:00 am and closes at 11:59 pm Sunday 08 September 2019. No entries will be accepted outside of these times and dates.
  2. All entries must be emailed to as JPEG files. Images should be 150 – 300 dpi and no larger than 5mb
  3. You can enter up to 3 times.
  4. Each entry must be sent as separate emails and specify which category the entry is for in the subject heading. (Adult or Youth, 15-years-old and under)
  5. The entrant must reside or study within the boundaries as shown on the above map.
  6. The photographs must be taken within the boundaries as shown on the above map.
  7. Images must depict ‘Natural New Zealand’ in some way.  For the purpose of this competition, Natural New Zealand’ means the plants, animals and places unique to New Zealand.
  8. Entries must include the photographer's full name, contact details, the date and location of where the photograph was taken, and along with a short caption in the body of the email.
  9. Entrants must be amateur photographers. For the purposes of the competition, you are considered a professional if 20% or more of your income is derived from photography.
  10. The entrant must be the original author of the work entered as described in the Copyright Act 1994. Any attempt at plagiarism will result in immediate disqualification.
  11. Entries will not be returned and may be used by the Department of Conservation in the future.
  12. The Department of Conservation retain the right to publish any image submitted for the competition in electronic or printed promotional material at no cost.  The photographer will retain copyright.
  13. Images that are obviously heavily digitally altered will not be accepted as entries to the competition.
  14. Entrants may be required to provide the original source of their photograph for enlargement and display purposes.
  15. The winner/s agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material used by the organiser. Your personal information provided will be used in conjunction with the organiser's privacy policies and will not be disclosed toa third party without the entrant's prior consent.
  16. The organisers acknowledge the moral rights provisions of the Copyright Act 1994, including the right to be identified as the author of the work and the right to object to derogatory treatment of the work.
  17. It is the entrant's responsibility to obtain appropriate written permission from people or owners of property, animals or plants that are identifiable in their work. The entrant must produce evidence of that consent to the organisers if requested.
  18. The entrant fully indemnifies the organisers against any claims arising from the display or use of unaltered work as described in these terms and conditions and from the infringement of intellectual property rights of any third party.
  19. If the organisers are unable to open or upload the entries submitted because of technical errors caused by file quality or if the file is damaged, the organiser reserves the right not to include the entries in the competition. No correspondence will be entered into with the entrant.
  20. Entrants agree to be contacted by the organisers regarding this competition.
  21. The winners will be notified by e-mail by Friday 13 September.
  22. A selection of entries will be chosen as part of a digital exhibition to be showcased in a number of venues across the Bay of Plenty. 
  23. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  24. Prizes are non-transferable and are not redeemable for cash. Up to a maximum of eight prizes will be awarded in accordance with the number of entries submitted.
  25. Employees of the Department of Conservation are not eligible to participate in this competition.
  26. If for any reason this competition cannot run as planned, due to any cause beyond the control of the organiser which corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this competition, the promotion may be discontinued at the discretion of the organiser. The organiser accepts no responsibility for such an event.
  27. The organiser and its associated agencies and companies shall not be liable for any loss or damage suffered (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) claimed or sustained, as a result of participating in this competition except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law.
  28. The entrant's consent to these Terms and Conditions is through their submission of the photograph to the above-stated email address.
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