Terms and conditions

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Entry into this competition is deemed acceptance of the following terms and conditions.

1. The New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year competition is open to all amateur and professional photographers.

2. Closing date for entries is midday, Tuesday 27 August, 2019.

3. Entries to Wildlife, Landscape, Society & Culture and Aerial categories must have been shot after January 1, 2018, and within New Zealand or New Zealand-administered Pacific and Antarctic dependencies. Due to the time required to photograph a PhotoStory, entries in this category must have been shot after January 1, 2017.

4. Entries will only be accepted digitally and must not have been manipulated in any way other than global colour and exposure adjustments considered standard in RAW processing. Focus and exposure stacking, HDR, and stitched panoramas are allowed, but discretion is expected. Compositing or airbrushing is not permitted, nor anything added, removed or substituted from the original image other than dust spots or scratches. Over-indulgent use of filters, effects and unrealistic results will not be rewarded by the judges. Judges will request an original RAW file from finalists. Any images deemed by the judges to have been manipulated beyond these boundaries will be disqualified.

5. Images uploaded for judging purposes must be at least 1000 pixels in the longest dimension. Finalists must be able to supply a high resolution file at a minimum of 4000 pixels in the longest dimension on request. Photos scanned from transparency are acceptable. Limited cropping is allowed, but the native resolution of the image must still be 4000 pixels on the longest edge.

6. Images entered into the Aerial category must have been shot from an aircraft—either manned or unmanned—to qualify. In the case of drone images, the ‘photographer’ is the individual who released the shutter.

7. The photographer must be the sole author and owner of the copyright of all images.

8. Each entrant may submit a maximum of four images over the categories of Landscape, Wildlife, Society & Culture and Aerial. In addition, photographers may submit a set comprising four to six images in the Photostory category. The total number of entries allowed per entrant is ten.

9. Photographs that have previously won an award (ie winner or runner-up) in this or any other another photographic competition at the time of entry may not be entered.

10. All entries are submitted at the photographer’s own risk and the organisers cannot accept liability for any loss of file data of images previously entered in the competition.

11. By entering the competition, the photographer accepts that images may be published in New Zealand Geographic, online at www.nzgeo.com as part of its coverage of the Photographer of the Year competition and in a calendar produced and distributed with the Jan/Feb 2020 issue. All photographers published in this calendar will receive a copy of the calendar. You also accept that work may be published in the future in formats (print, electronic or exhibition) that showcase the best of the New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year competitions. Use of images will be credited to the photographer, and the photographer retains full copyright on all images.

12. By entering the competition you accept that your image may be used by New Zealand Geographic in media that specifically advertises, promotes or celebrates the Photographer of the Year competition. Use of images will be credited to the photographer, and the photographer retains full copyright on all images.

13. By entering the competition you accept that if your image is chosen as a category or overall winner, the relevant sponsor may use the image to promote their association with the awards for a period no longer than three months from the date the awards winners are announced. The words “New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year” will accompany the publication of images used by sponsors and appear with a photo credit to the photographer asserting your copyright. This does not extend to a sponsor using an image to promote a product or service.

14. New Zealand Geographic reserves the right to print/mount/frame/project/screen shortlisted entries for exhibition purposes, and crop/alter the images in respect of that format, taking all due care to preserve the original impact and intent of the image.

15. Judges will not alter images or crop entries to improve picture composition, however New Zealand Geographic may need to alter the colour balance or contrast of an image to ensure good reproduction on the printing/screen technology used.

16. Judges will be looking for interesting composition, subject matter and narrative, as well as technical expertise and a genuinely original approach. Judges will be looking for images which give an original perspective of New Zealand life or environment, or which take the viewer into a world they have never seen for themselves—be it a social or natural environment. Images of captive animals, restrained animals and animals being exploited for profit will not be considered except in the Photostory category.

17. By entering the competition you confirm that you have complied with New Zealand law while shooting your entry. Please refer to the CAA website for specific aerial photography regulations. There is some useful tips on the Airshare page.

18. Ensure that your photographs are entered into the correct category; Wildlife, Landscape, Society & Culture, Photostory or Aerial. Images entered into the wrong category will be rejected. To qualify for consideration in the Young Photographer category, entrants must be under 25 years on September 30, 2019.

19. The prizes are as follows:

a) Category winners (Wildlife, Landscape, Society&Culture, Aerial) each receive:

  • $500 cash
  • Publication in New Zealand Geographic magazine and the New Zealand Geographic calendar
  • A one-year subscription to New Zealand Geographic magazine
  • Two copies of the New Zealand Geographic calendar

b) Award winners of The People’s Choice, Young Photographer and Colour Award each receive:

  • $500 cash
  • Publication in New Zealand Geographic magazine and the New Zealand Geographic calendar
  • A one-year subscription to New Zealand Geographic magazine
  • Two copies of the New Zealand Geographic calendar

c) The overall winner will receive:

  • The title of ‘New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year’
  • $1000 cash, additional to anything received for other awards
  • Publication in New Zealand Geographic magazine and the New Zealand Geographic calendar
  • A one-year subscription to New Zealand Geographic magazine
  • Two copies of the New Zealand Geographic calendar
  • A berth as a New Zealand Geographic photographer on Heritage Expeditions’ voyage, destination and date to be confirmed.

20. Finalists must be available to attend an awards evening in Auckland on October 24, 2019, or to send a representative to collect an award. Travel at finalist’s cost.

21. The prizes are as stated and cannot be redeemed for cash. Values of prizes are accurate at the date of publication.

22. The decision of the organisers and judges on all matters relating to the competition is final, and no correspondence will be entered into at any stage.