Photo Competition

Supported by Manaaki Whenua Landcare Researc


2021 Photo Competition Winners 

People’s choice award

This nocturnal fly taken by Wendy Allen received the most votes and it is a Blue Lake Fly taken Blue Lake Forest and Bird reserve in Rotorua. ​Wendy works in the Environment and Ecology Team for Scion in Rotorua and has let us know that the framed print will be hung in the reception of their new building for all to enjoy.



Judge’s choice award

This image of a White-fronted tern making a controlled landing on the Pancake Rocks of Punakaiki has been chosen as the best photo of the competition. Only taken last month by Kaila Colbin. It is clear to see why it was the judge's favourite. The bird has been captured beautifully in focus and the lighting adds to the interest of the image

Deadline: 22 November 2021

Prizes will be awarded for ‘Best Photo’ and ‘People’s Choice’. 

Entries will be displayed virtually via Manaaki Whenua’s Facebook Page. Awards will be announced at the event during the virtual conference as well on NZES’s social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter), and the event website. 

The award for ‘Best Photo’ will be selected by an expert judging panel who will assess the entries for the quality of the image, composition and technical ability. The ‘People’s Choice’ award will be chosen by the collation of votes from our online voting system and the input of our judging panel.

 Prizes for both awards will include a professionally printed, mounted, and framed copy of their winning photo up to the value of $200. The prizes will be sent to the winners address that is entered via their entry form.

                                                                    Photo credit: Jon Sullivan

About the Competition

The competition aims to highlight the diversity, beauty and interest of the biodiversity and ecosystems of New Zealand, and the role of ecologists in unravelling their mysteries. Images must either be taken in New Zealand or illustrate the work that New Zealand ecologists are undertaking in other countries.

All entries must be submitted online as jpegs (see the Conditions of Entry below.)

Entry is limited to three (3) entries per contestant.  

How to Submit

Photos are to be uploaded online. Click the button at the top of the page to upload and submit your photo. Submissions will close on 22 November 2021.

Conditions of Entry

The competition is open to all NZES members, conference participants and the general public. Entries must be photographs uploaded as high-quality jpegs. The jpeg quality level should be set at maximum (12) to minimise loss of quality. Each entry must be submitted via the online submission form on the NZES 2019 Conference website and must include the following information:

  • entrant’s name and address 
  • a brief title of the image ( <10 words) 
  • a short description of the image ( <60 words) 
  • when and where it was taken

In the case of photographs of a recognisable person, it is the photographer’s responsibility to obtain the written consent of the person/s in the image for the photograph to be reproduced. 

The entrant must be the copyright owner of all images entered. 

By entering the competition, the entrant accepts that images may be published online at or as part of its coverage of this competition. You also accept that work may be published in the future in formats (print, electronic or exhibition) to showcase this competition. Use of images will be credited to the photographer, and the photographer retains full copyright on all images. 

By entering the competition, you accept that your image may be used by New Zealand Ecology Society or Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research in media that specifically advertises, promotes or celebrates this competition. Use of images will be credited to the photographer, and the photographer retains full copyright on all images. 

By entering the competition, you accept that if your image is chosen as a winner, the relevant sponsor may use the image to promote their association with the awards for a period no longer than three months from the date the awards winners are announced. A photo credit to the photographer will accompany your image asserting your copyright. This does not extend to a sponsor using an image to promote a product or service. 

Personal details collected on the entry form will only be used for the purposes of this competition and related promotion. Your private information will not be given to any individual or organisation other than the New Zealand Ecological Society.

Conference Organisers

Conferences & Events Ltd
PO Box 24078, Manners Street, Wellington, 6011
  +64 4 282 1584


This conference is organised bConferences & Events Ltd, Wellington, Auckland, Nelson & Nationwide.  We are a New Zealand business.