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Tūhura Photography Competition

Otago’s own awards to celebrate our nature, our landscapes, and you, our people, taking images of all of it!

Taken a great photo this year? From the beautiful shots of nearly-professionals to children taking photos while exploring the world, from the Insta-obsessed to a beautiful snap you happened to take on a walk through your town, we want you to send them to us!

Enter your best photos and be in to win great prizes and the chance to feature in the Museum’s amazing exhibition.

This year, we have a new pop-up 'Black and White' category, as well as categories for Under 19s, and the People’s Choice Award.

To help you hone your photography skills, Tūhura Otago Museum will be running talks and workshops throughout the competition period. We will be finalising these events soon. Keep an eye on our website or join our mailing list to find out more.

So, come on Otago, share your best photos with us and we will share them with the world! Learn more about the different entry categories, and enter below.

Entries close 12pm, Monday 27 May 


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Please note:

  • The competition is open to all amateur photographers resident in Otago. Professionals (defined as having earned 20% or more of their income through photography at any time) are barred from entry, as are commissioned images, images used for a commercial purpose, or images entered in other photography competitions.
  • Images that are heavily digitally altered will not be accepted as entries.
  • Each person can submit a maximum of 15 photographic entries overall, not exceeding 10 photographic entries per category.
  • Entries will be judged by a panel of judges – this is a blind judging process.
  • Full terms and conditions are available here.

Entry Specifications

  • Maximum file size 10MB
  • Photos must be submitted as JPEG files. They can be portrait or landscape orientation.
  • Printed images will be printed at 20cm x 25cm (8in x 10in) and displayed digitally at 2400 pixels x 3000 pixels.
  • We recommend you leave the format of your image in standard rectangle shape; images will be cropped to the above specification as required.
  • Borders, watermarks, signatures or other additions will result in images being disqualified.


Our judges have been selected from around our community. All keen photographers, they are a mix of professionals and talented amateurs. These people have all given their time and talent, and we would like to thank them for their contribution.

Izumi Schmidt – Wildlife Photographer
Nick Beadle – See-through Windows
Paul Le Comte – Photographer
Shanaya Cunningham – Exhibition Designer
Craig McKenzie – Wildlife Photographer
Douglas Thorne – Wildlife Photographer
Jonathan Kemp – Jonathan's Photo Warehouse
Gregor Richardson – Otago Daily Times