The overall theme of the
competition is Wellington 2022.

Welcome to the
2022 categories.

There are six categories within the Wellington theme, scroll down to learn about each.

What the judges
will be looking for.

Judging criteria.

  • Natural talent over digital editing skills.
  • Photographs with a strong narrative that evokes a feeling, or an original perspective.
  • Photographers who represent their entered category brief well.
  • Photographs that fit the overall CPotY criteria – taken within the wider Wellington region, between 1 January 2021 and 27 April 2022.

Category one.

Whenua.

We want to see the region’s physical landscape in all its glory. Aerial photography, drone shots, and panoramas are all welcome. Treat nature like your canvas and show us something that would make David Attenborough squeal.

Whether you’ve snapped land, sea, or sky, people should only be included if they’re part of a wider scene or help give context.

Category two.

Society.

We want you to show us the people of our region in all their complexity. Humans are, after all, flawed, complicated, clever, emotional, and infinitely creative.

Show us images that capture the idea of humans living together, sharing places, and making a life in the rural and urban spaces that make up our region.

Category three.

Structure.

Whether you show us majestic barns, complex close-ups, or tangled motorway junctions, this category is for exploring the forms, structural innovations, and built spaces that have helped create the region we know and love.

Show us the relationship between these spaces and the wider environment.

Category four.

Inside.

The pandemic has reconstructed the relationship we have with our personal spaces. We want to see photography that speaks to your idea of the inside, whether that represents a space for socialising, privacy, or creativity.

However you choose to interpret the indoor world, whether through still life, arrangement, or a spontaneous snap, make sure it communicates the idea of being inside.

Category five.

Movement.

Showing movement in a static image is an art in its own right. Done right, these photographs can transfer to the viewer all the energy and vigour of the subject – whether they’re midway through a dance, accelerating down a drag strip, or swinging on the monkey bars

We want this image to move, and we don’t mean GIFs!

Category six.

Rangatahi.

If you’re 21 years of age or under, we want to see your best photography. This is our only open category, with the only rule being that some aspect of Wellington is captured; its people, places, performances, or pooches.

Whether you’re studying for a degree or still on the playground, we want to see something truly original. Last year’s winner was aged just 12.

Whenua

We want to see the region’s physical landscape in all its glory. Aerial photography, drone shots, and panoramas are all welcome. Treat nature like your canvas and show us something that would make David Attenborough squeal. Whether you’ve snapped land, sea, or sky, people should only be included if they’re part of a wider scene or help give context.

Society

We want you to show us the people of our region in all their complexity. Humans are, after all, flawed, complicated, clever, emotional, and infinitely creative. We want to see images that capture the idea of humans living together, sharing places, and making a life in the rural and urban spaces that make up our region.

Structure

Whether you show us majestic barns, complex close-ups, or tangled motorway junctions, this category is for exploring the forms, structural innovations, and built spaces that have helped create the region we know and love. Show us the relationship between these spaces and the wider environment.

Inside

The pandemic has reconstructed the relationship we have with our personal spaces. We want to see photography that speaks to your idea of the inside, whether that represents a space for socialising, privacy, or creativity. However you choose to interpret the indoor world, whether through still life, arrangement, or a spontaneous snap, make sure it communicates the idea of being inside.

Movement

Showing movement in a static image is an art in its own right. Done right, these photographs can transfer to the viewer all the energy and vigour of the subject – whether they’re midway through a dance, accelerating down a drag strip, or swinging on the monkey bars. We want this image to move, and we don’t mean GIFs!

Rangatahi

If you’re 21 years of age or under, we want to see your best photography. This is our only open category, with the only rule being that some aspect of Wellington is captured; its people, places, plants, or pooches. Whether you’re studying for a degree or still on the playground, we want to see something truly original. Last year’s winner was aged just 12.

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