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Photographer of the Year 2024: Entries open

Entries are open for New Zealand’s ultimate season of photography—enter your best work, be part of the country’s most popular exhibition and earn votes in the People’s Choice award.

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Photographer of the Year celebrates photographic craft and those moments that make our society and environment unique. Be part of this new season of photography, and exhibit your work with the best photographs of 2024 in Britomart, Auckland and across the country on Lumo’s digital billboards. Finalists will be announced in early September, and will be voted on by the public for the Ockham Residential People’s Choice award. The winners will be announced at an awards night in Auckland on October 24. There are camera packages up for grabs from both Sony and Nikon, an Ecoflow power station, a voyage from Heritage Expeditions and $7,500 cash.

AWARDS

The Nikon Photographer of the Year 2024 will be picked from all entrants, as will the Resene Colour Award, the Sony Young Photographer of the Year, Metlifecare Senior Photographer of the Year, and Electric Kiwi Mobile Award. Categories include Resene Landscape, Heritage Expeditions Wildlife, Ecoflow Adventure, Motat Aerial, Resene Built Environment, Society, Portrait and Photostory.

All photos must have been shot after January 1, 2023 (except PhotoStory, after Jan 2022) and within New Zealand territory—including New Zealand-administered Pacific and Antarctic dependencies. A maximum of 26 entries per entrant over the six categories—so 20 images and one set comprising four to six images in the Photostory category. All finalists will have a crack at the Ockham Residential People’s Choice award, voted on by the general public. Read the full terms and conditions.

Finalists will be announced in early September, and will be voted on by the public for the Ockham Residential People’s Choice award. Winners will be announced at an awards night in Auckland on October 24.

Entries close midday, Wednesday 17 July, 2024—don’t leave it to the last minute!

Enter Photographer of the Year 2024

ENTRY FEE & FREE NZGEO.COM SUBSCRIPTION

Young photographers enter for free, but to cover the costs of the competition, there is a $25 entry fee for all others, 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—2500 stories, 10,000 images and 250 hours of streaming natural history documentaries. (If you already have a digital subscription it will be extended by six months.)

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AWARDS

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.

SONY YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

The young photographer is chosen from all entrants under the age of 25 on September 30, 2024, and like Photographer of the Year, the quality of the entire portfolio of entered images is considered.

METLIFECARE SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

An award to acknowledge the best portfolio of images shot by a photographer aged 60 and over on September 30, 2024.

OCKHAM RESIDENTIAL PEOPLE’S CHOICE

Visitors can vote on finalist images at the Photographer of the Year exhibitions in Auckland 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.

ELECTRIC KIWI MOBILE AWARD

Not all images are shot on cameras, and this award recognises the best imagery shot on a mobile device—a phone, tablet, phablet or Raspberry Pi!

CATEGORIES

RESENE LANDSCAPE

Showcase the wonders of New Zealand—its mountains, wetlands, coasts and plains. The judges will be looking for attention to light and drama.

HERITAGE EXPEDITIONS 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.

ECOFLOW ADVENTURE

A new category in 2022 covering outdoor adventure in Aotearoa—climbing, caving, diving, mountain biking, hiking, surfing. Tell the story of your adventure.

MOTAT AERIAL

The 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.

RESENE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Our cities, towns and structures reflect who we are as a society and how we interface with the natural world. We are looking for images that exemplify this connection.

PHOTOSTORY

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.

SOCIETY

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.

PORTRAIT

Celebrating the time-honoured art of the portrait photograph, exuding the personality and lived experience of the subject.