Terms and conditions

Entry into this competition is deemed acceptance of the following terms and conditions:
  1. The Capital Wellington Photographer of the Year 2021 competition is open to all amateur and professional photographers.
  2. Closing date for entries is midday, Tuesday 27 April 2021.
  3. All entries must have been shot between 1 January 2020 and 27 April 2021.
  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/ Wellington province. For the purpose of the competition this includes Wairarapa, Tararua, Porirua, Kāpiti Coast, Horowhenua, Hutt Valley and Wellington.
  6. To qualify for consideration in the Youth category, entrants must be under 18 years on 1 January 2021. Organisers may ask for proof of DOB and entries will be disqualified if this cannot be produced.
  7. 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 rewarded 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.
  8. Photos scanned from film are accepted.
  9. Entry dimensions:
    • Whenua, Structure, Society, Triptych and Youth categories: Images uploaded must be at least 1200 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. Limited cropping is allowed, but the original resolution of the image must still be 4000 pixels on the longest edge.
    • Mobile: Images uploaded must be at least 600 pixels in the longest dimension. Limited cropping is allowed, but the original resolution of the image must still be 600 pixels on the longest edge.
  10. Each entrant may submit a maximum of 10 images over the categories of Whenua, Society, Structure, Mobile and Youth. In addition, photographers may submit two sets of three images in the Triptych category.
  11. Photographs that 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.
  12. In the case of drone images, the photographer is the individual who pressed the shutter. By entering the competition you confirm that you have complied with New Zealand law while shooting your entry.
  13. 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
  14. 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 model release forms and/or consent forms. Entries will be disqualified if these cannot be produced.
  15. The photographer must be the sole author and owner of the copyright of the image.
  16. All entries are submitted at the photographer’s own risk and Capital Publishing does not accept liability for any loss of file data of images previously entered in the competition.
  17. By entering the competition, the photographer accepts that images may be published by Capital Publishing 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 exhibition) that showcase the best of the Capital Photographer of the Year competitions. Use of images will be credited to the photographer.
  18. By entering the competition you accept your image may be used by Capital Publishing in media that specifically advertises, promotes or celebrates the Capital Photographer of the Year competition. Use of images will be credited to the photographer.
  19. By entering the competition, the photographer agrees to make themselves available for any interviews, profiles or articles which relate to publicising the competition.
  20. By entering the competition you accept that Capital Publishing may sell a limited edition set of your image/s. You will be notified, credited, and receive 25% of the sale of any of your images.
  21. Capital Publishing reserves the right to print, mount, frame, project and/or 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. Judges will not alter images or crop entries to improve picture composition, however Capital Publishing may need to alter the colour balance or contrast of an image to ensure good reproduction on the printing/screen technology used.
  22. 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 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. This does not extend to a sponsor using an image to promote a product or service. This is not a commercial license.
  23. Ensure your photographs are entered into the correct category; Whenua, Society, Structure, Triptych, Mobile and Youth. Images entered into the wrong category will be rejected.
  24. 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 in to. The photograph’s title, date, location, subject and photographer will not be included in judging material.
  25. 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.
  26. The prizes are as stated and are accurate at the date of publication.
    a) Category winners (Whenua, Society, Structure, Triptych, Mobile and Student/Youth) each receive:
    • $500 cash
    • A one-year subscription to Capital and Art Zone magazines
    b) The overall winner will receive:
    • The title of “Capital Photographer of the Year 2021”
    • $1000 cash, additional to the category award


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