Categories

Below are the categories to which the images will be judged on 

Open Category

The open category is not limited to just landscapes, the image could be people, buildings, wildlife, forests etc.

1st Prize - Stewart Island Aurora Hunters Tour

A trip for two people (twin) on a six-day Stewart Island Aurora Hunters tour valued at $5990.00

West Coast Landscape Category

A landscape can be interpreted in many ways.  However, for the purpose of this competition, a landscape would generally be devoid of any human impact and represent nature in its pure state.

1st Prize Package

Photogear - $1000.00 voucher

John Foster - $600.00 voucher towards tuition or courses

Rachel Gillespie - $1800.00 towards a Rachel Gillespie workshop

Photo & Video International - $200.00 Cannon backpack

Total $3,500 Prize

2nd Prize Package 

Photogear - $1000.00 voucher

The Hours of Darkness Category  

Moonrise will not be until the early hours of the morning during the competition, which will provide a great opportunity for Astro Photography, however, this category will be open to any images taken during the hours of darkness.

1st Prize - A trip of a lifetime two x economy seats onboard Southern Lights by flight in September 2023 - Courtesy of Viva Expeditions

Valued at $3090.00

2nd Prize -  Three nights of accommodation at Kaka Retreat on Stewart Island in a studio room, including continental breakfast. 

Subject to availability and not valid for 26 December to 20 January. Must be used before 31 May 2023.

Human Influence on the Landscape Category

This could be a building, a bridge or a helicopter. An image that highlights the interaction between people and the grand features of the West Coast.

1st Prize - Three nights of accommodation for 2 at Bay Motel on Stewart Island, including continental breakfast. 

Subject to availability and not valid for 26 December to 20 January. Must be used before 31 May 2023.

2nd Prize a personal First Aid kit courtesy of Selwyn First Aid

Beginner Category

If you are new to photography and are using your first DSLR, then this category is for you. Images can fit into any of the above categories.

1st Prize - $500.00 towards tuition with John Foster - Master Photographer.

Best Poem - Various Camera Equipment courtesy of Photo and Video International

During the final prize giving, we will offer the opportunity for any poets to share their stories of the competition.

PLEASE NOTE: 

You can submit a maximum of four images per day across all categories - Thursday, Friday and Saturday.