Put down that smartphone, and dust off your SLR… entries for the 2019 New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year are now open. The country’s richest and most popular photographic event, Photographer of the Year encompasses a competition, exhibition, audience voting and awards night. Win cash, prizes, public notoriety, industry back-slaps and the envious stares of your peers, all on one stage.
Categories include Resene Landscape, Progear PhotoStory, Electric Kiwi Wildlife, Epson Society and Aerial. Photographers keep copyright—this isn’t a rights grab.
The Nikon Photographer of the Year 2019 will be picked from all entrants, as will the Young Photographer award, for entrants under the age of 25 on September 30, 2019. All photos must have been shot after January 1, 2018 (except PhotoStory, after Jan 2017) and within New Zealand territory—including New Zealand-administered Pacific and Antarctic dependencies. A maximum of five entries per entrant over the five categories—so four images and one set comprising four to six images in the Photostory category. All entrants will have a crack at the Lumix People’s Choice award, voted on by the general public.
Entries close midday, Tuesday 27 August, 2019—don’t leave it to the last minute!
ENTRY FEE & FREE NZGEO.COM SUBSCRIPTION
To cover the costs of the competition, there is a $25 entry fee, payable with a credit card, and entrants can enter as many photographs as competition terms allow. Every entrant receives a free six-month subscription to nzgeo.com—2000 stories, 10,000 images and 250 hours of streaming natural history documentaries.
NIKON PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
Chosen from amongst all entrants, the winning portfolio demonstrates skills, consistency and creative insights that make for quality visual storytelling. It rewards originality and competence across all the images entered, and the ability to reveal a fresh perspective on our land or people.
YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
The young photographer is chosen from all entrants under the age of 25 on September 30, 2018, and like Photographer of the Year, the quality of the entire portfolio of entered images is considered.
LUMIX PEOPLE’S CHOICE
Visitors can vote on finalist images at the Photographer of the Year exhibitions in Auckland and Christchurch and on the New Zealand Geographic website. Public votes are tallied across the exhibition season in time for the awards night.
RESENE COLOUR AWARD
A special award that recognises special vision in the use of colour where it contributes to the success of the image. This award is chosen from amongst all entrants.
Showcase the wonders of New Zealand—its mountains, wetlands, coasts and plains. The judges will be looking for attention to light and drama.
ELECTRIC KIWI WILDLIFE
Capture New Zealand’s flora or fauna in its natural environment. We are looking for images that exude life and show behaviour or adaptations that make the animal or plant unique.
A set of four to six images. Judges will be looking for the quality of the images overall, as well as how they work together to tell a story.
The Peak Design aerial category celebrates the art of aerial photography, be it from planes, helicopters or drones. Judges will be looking for images that defy the old visions from above and bring innovation and new perspectives of our landscapes and life.
This category celebrates the traditions and relationships of all New Zealanders. The winning entry will be an image that captures our identity as a people.