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Last Call for Wildlife Wonder-shots

At 5pm on Monday 16 May 2016 this year’s Otago Wildlife Photography Competition (the 17th edition) closes. Get your entries in by then for the chance to join the ranks of past winners.


2015 Otago Wildlife Photographer of the Year Chester Rosie's winning entry 'Sharing the sky'

If you’re interested in entering,
click here, and help us break last year’s record number of 1,452 entries. At the moment we’re at 991 images and 15 videos.

Entries from amateur photographers resident in Otago are accepted across three photo categories (Animal, Plant and Human Impact on the Environment) open to two age categories (14 and under, 15 and over). Budding videographers are also welcome to enter their clips (12 seconds max) of wildlife in action (open to all ages). Check out the full terms and conditions, including tech specs, here.


'Born of the new tulip' by Emilio Dos Santos

Sweet prizes are up for grabs, with the overall winner receiving a Canon EOS 700D Video Kit, worth over $1,500, thanks to new competition supporters Canon. The jury prize, category winners and highly commended entries nab vouchers from Jonathan's Photo Warehouse, who are on board again this year as our competition partners.

Our judges are Otago Daily Times Illustrations Editor Stephen Jaquiery, wildlife photographer Rod Morris and Jonathan Kemp from Jonathan’s Photo Warehouse, with documentary cameraman Paul Donovan on hand to judge the video category.

Winners will be revealed at an invite-only ceremony on Wednesday 8 June, with the Otago Wildlife Photography Competition exhibition open to the public from 10am on Thursday 9 June.

Otago Museum staff can’t enter the competition, but that doesn’t mean we’re not as snap happy as everyone else.

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Entry from Facilities Manager Tom Csima in our in-house staff-only photography competition

So we’ve set up a staff-only version that we run over our intranet (cleverly named @OM and pronounced like ‘atom’). That’s currently sitting at 46 entries, with subjects ranging from bumblebees to flying fish. Who’ll win?

Well, that’s up to Developer, Systems and Interactive Media Andrew Charlton, the tech wizard behind lots of things here at the Museum, from the Otago Wildlife Photography Competition entry form to animation for our Amazing Universe planetarium show. The tension is mounting!