FAQ’s

Is there a theme for the competition?

The theme is Wellington 2021. This means photos must be:

  1. Taken within the wider Wellington region.
  2. Shot anytime between 1 January 2020 and 27 April 2021.

When does the competition close?

Entries close 27 April 2021, at noon.

How much does it cost to enter?

Good news! Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, Capital photographer of the Year is now free to enter. 

Who can enter?

Anyone. From amateur to professional, Newtown to New York, this is open to anyone who has taken a photo that fits the theme.

How big does my photograph need to be to enter?

For those entering Whenua, Structure, Society, Triptych and Youth categories: Images must be at least 1200 pixels in the longest dimension. You must be able to supply a high resolution file at a minimum of 4000 pixels in the longest dimension if you are a finalist.

For those entering the Mobile category: Images must be at least 600 pixels in the longest dimension.

How old do you have to be to enter the Youth category?

The Youth category is for anyone 18 years and under.

I have a physical, printed photo, can I enter it?

All entries must be digital, so you will need to scan the photo or its negatives. Photographic know-it-alls Splendid can help you do that.

Is there a maximum amount of photos I can enter?

You may enter up to 10 images into any of the following categories: Whenua, Society, Structure, Youth and Mobile. Additionally you can submit two sets of three images into the Triptych category.

A friend and I set-up and took a photograph together, can we enter with both our names?

Unfortunately not. You must be the sole owner of the image.

How will the photographs be judged?

To ensure decisions are fair, judging will be blind. Judges will only see the image and the category it’s entered into. To see the judging criteria, scroll to the bottom of Categories.

How will I know if I win?

If your photograph makes the top 10 in its category, you will be notified by email. The top two of each category will be invited to an exhibition of the finalists, with the winner announced on opening night.

What do I get if I win?

Ambitious! See our prizes page for more info.

My photo won another photography competition, can I still enter it?

Unfortunately not. If your photograph has placed in any other competition, you cannot enter it. However, you’re welcome to submit another photo.

See the terms & conditions for more information.

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