Entries are now open for the annual New Zealand
Geographic Photographer of the Year 2015 - the country's
largest, most popular, and prestigious photography competition.
Entries close at midday Wednesday 15 July.
"The New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year celebrates
the diversity of life within the whole New Zealand Realm, from the
tropics to the pole," says James Frankham, New Zealand
Geographic Editor and convener of judges. "It encourages
photographers to critically examine their society and environment
and invites the public to look upon our country with new eyes
"Each year the competition has grown in the number of entries
and engagement with the public," says Frankham. "We had 33,000
visit the exhibition last year, and 36,000 votes for the People's
Choice award. This is an event that has really captured the public
The competition invites New Zealand's best
photographers-amateurs and professionals alike-to celebrate the
diversity of New Zealand by submitting photographs in any or all of
this year's five categories; Landscape, Wildlife, Society &
Culture, PhotoStory and, for the first time, Timelapse.
"It's exciting to celebrate timelapse and hyperlapse
photography," says Frankham. "Modern digital SLRs can record the
movements of life over time; the passing of stars, the unfolding of
flowers, the passage of humanity through our country in a way that
reveals something new about the place we live in. That's what the
competition is all about."
Judging is based on the quality, creativity, and originality of
the subject. This year's awards include; Photographer of the Year,
the Young Photographer award (entrants under the age of 21),
People's Choice award and Colour award. Winners will be announced
on October 29, 2015. Finalist images also earn a place in the free,
public New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year exhibition
touring to Christchurch and Auckland.
This year, we are proud to announce that LUMIX G are sponsoring
the People's Choice Award. The People's Choice
Award is chosen by public vote from all of the finalist images in
the main categories.
CLICK HERE for competition entry and details,
previous winning entries, and photographic tips.