Terms and conditions.

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

  1. The Capital Photographer of the Year 2022 competition is open to all amateur and professional photographers.
  2. Closing date for entries is 12 noon, Wednesday 27 April 2022.
  3. All entries must have been shot between 1 January 2021 and 27 April 2022.
  4. When entering photographs, they must be named titleofwork_firstname_lastname. Photographs which do not follow this format may be disqualified.
  5. All entries must a have been shot within the wider Wellington region/province. For the purpose of the competition this includes Wairarapa, Tararua, Porirua, Kāpiti Coast, Horowhenua (including Levin), Hutt Valley, and Wellington.
  6. To qualify for consideration in the Rangatahi category, entrants must be under 21 years on 27 April 2022 when the competition closes. Organisers may ask for proof of DOB and entries will be disqualified if this cannot be provided on request.
  7. Entry dimensions: Images uploaded must be at least 300dpi and 7000 pixels on the longest dimension. Entrants may also be required to resupply images in alternative dimensions at organisers discretion.
  8. Entries will only be accepted digitally and must not have been manipulated in any way other than global colour and exposure adjustments standard in RAW processing. Focus and exposure stacking, HDR, and stitched panoramas are allowed, but discretion is advised. 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 and effects will not be favoured by the judges. Judges may request an original RAW file from finalists. Images deemed by the judges to have been manipulated beyond these boundaries will be disqualified.
  9. Photos scanned from film are allowed.
  10. Each entrant may submit a maximum of 10 images across the six categories, contingent on eligibility.
  11. Photographs which have previously won an award (i.e. winner or runner-up) in any other another photographic competition at the time of entry may not be entered. Photographs entered into CPotY 2021 will not be eligible this year.
  12. In the case of drone images, the photographer is the individual who pressed the shutter.
  13. By entering the competition you confirm that you have complied with New Zealand law while shooting your entry.
  14. It is assumed all entrants have complied with the rules regarding the photography of people in public spaces. Visit the NZ Police website for a detailed description: http://www.police.govt.nz/faq/what-are-the-rules-around-taking-photos-or-filming-in-a-public-place
  15. In the case of photographs taken in private spaces the onus is on the photographer to ensure proper permission has been granted. The organisers may request to see model release forms and/or consent forms. Entries will be disqualified if these cannot be produced upon request.
  16. The photographer must be the sole author and owner of the copyright of all images.
  17. All entries are submitted at the photographer’s own risk and Capital Publishing Ltd does not accept liability for any loss of file data of images previously entered in the competition.
  18. By entering the competition, the photographer accepts that images may be published by Capital Publishing Ltd in Capital and Art Zone magazines, and online at www.capitalmag.co.nz and www.artzone.co.nz as part of the coverage of the Capital Photographer of the Year competition. You also accept that work may be published in the future in formats (print, electronic, or physical exhibition) that showcase the best of the Capital Photographer of the Year competitions.
  19. By entering the competition you accept your image may be used by Capital Publishing Ltd in media that specifically advertises, promotes, or celebrates the Capital Photographer of the Year competition.
  20. By entering the competition, the photographer agrees to make themselves available for any interviews, profiles, or articles which relate to publicising the competition.
  21. By entering the competition you accept that Capital Publishing Ltd may sell your image(s). You will be notified, credited, and receive 15% of the sale of any of your images from the physical or online exhibition. Monies received are allocated using the following example formula from CPotY 2021:
    30% to future CPotY competitions
    30% to the venue
    25% printing/framing/production
    15% to the artist
    Any other use or sale will be by mutual agreement.
  22. Capital Publishing Ltd reserves the right to print, mount, frame and/or project 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. Capital Publishing Ltd may need to alter the colour balance or contrast of an image to ensure good reproduction on the printing or screen technology used.
  23. By entering the competition you accept that your image may be used by the relevant sponsor to promote their association with the awards for a period no longer than twelve months from the date the awards winners are announced. The words “Capital Photographer of the Year” will accompany the publication of images used by sponsors and appear with a photo credit to the photographer.
  24. Images entered into the wrong category may be rejected. We reserve the right to re-categorise your image after submission.
  25. To ensure fairness the judging will be blind, i.e. the judges will only see the images and the category the image has been entered into. The photograph’s title, date, location, subject, and photographer will not be included.
  26. 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.
  27. The prizes are as stated and are accurate at the date of publication:
    1. Category winners will each receive:
      1. $500.00 cash.
      2. A one-year subscription to Capital and Art Zone magazines.
      3. A goodie bag from Splendid Photo
      4. Any extraneous prizes offered by a sponsor.
  28. The overall winner will receive:
    1. The title of “Capital Photographer of the Year 2022”.
    2. $1000.00 cash, additional to anything received in 27(1).


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