The annual Photo Competition is always a highlight of the Waimea TC calendar, and all members are encouraged to take part – either by entering photographs, or supporting those that have entered them by attending the club night presentation.

An external experienced photographer will carry out the main judging, with all entries shown (and winners announced) at the July club meeting. Prizes are awarded to first, second and third place getters in all categories.

There will also be the opportunity for everyone present on the night to vote for the People's Choice Award.

Many previous winning photos were taken on mobile phones - so don't be shy! - the more contributors we get, the more variety and fun we have.


2024 Dates: 

Entries are due on or before Saturday 22 June 2024 at midday 

Club Night presentation is on Wednesday 3 July 2024 at 7.30pm



You can enter up to three photos in one or all of the five categories:

•  ABN.  Above the Bushline (With No Human Element)

•  ABW.  Above the Bushline (With a Human Element)

•  BBN.  Below the Bushline (With No Human Element)

•  BBW.  Below the Bushline (With a Human Element)

•  NFF.  Native Flora & Fauna

A definition of 'Human Element' follows at the end of this page


How to Enter

•  For details of where to email your entries, click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

•  You may have to send multiple emails if they are large-pixel images

•  You can also email your photos via Dropbox, but do not send via a Google Photos link


Rules & Conditions

•  All digital images are to be submitted in JPG format, preferable with an aspect ratio of 3:2 (Landscape) or 2:3 (Portrait). 

•  There is a maximum of three entries per person per category.

•  Images must be a minimum of 1MB. There is no maximum size.

•  Images are not to be digitally manipulated other than basic adjustments for cropping, sharpening, exposure, contrast, or similar.

•  Removal or insertion of features not in the original images are not allowed.

•  To enter the competition you must be a paid-up member of WTC and have taken the photos yourself.

•  Eligible photos are those taken in New Zealand after 1 January 2023. 

•  Photos do not need to be taken on club tramping trips.

•  All entries must follow the naming convention of Category-Description e.g. 

    ABN-Mt Arthur At Dusk

    BBW-Kahurangi Lighthouse

    NFF-Shag On A Rock

•  By entering the competition you are giving permission for the images to be forwarded to Federated Mountain Clubs for entry into their national photo competition.


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Human Element

The definition of what is a “Human Element” is flexible but the general intention is:

Where the photo contains as anything other than as a very minor feature: people, a hut, a track sign/marker, bridge, ice axe and anything else that has been introduced by humans into the environment, then we would define that as having “a Human element”. But if a photo has what could be called a Human Element but that element is very small, inconsequential and not a feature in the photo then you could count it as “No Human Element”.