Orokonui Ecosanctuary






Orokonui Photo Challenge 2021

Entries open: April 22nd

Entries close: July 4th (11:59pm)


Workshops 23 May, 30 May, and 6 June - info here


Categories: 2020 Fauna (2)

Animal category: This category celebrates the animals that call Orokonui Ecosanctuary home

Plant category: This category celebrates the plants and fungi that call Orokonui Ecosanctuary home

People & Place category: This category celebrates the landscapes, forestscapes, and humans who enjoy the sanctuary

Phone category: This category celebrates the ability for phones to capture the beauty of Orokonui Ecosanctuary


Prizes: To be announced

2020 FLORA


The challenge will be judged by four local photographers. 

Craig McKenzie (@craigmckenzienz): Craig is a local wildlife photographer who has won numerous awards including the prestigious 'Old Blue award', from Forest and Bird, for his outstanding contribution to raising awareness of biodiversity through his photography. 

 You can see his work here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/craigmckenzie/ 

Giverny Forbes (@givernykate): Giverny has worked at Orokonui for over three years and is a passionate wildlife photographer with intimate knowledge of Orokonui’s taonga. 

 You can see her work here: https://www.facebook.com/givernykatephotography 

2020 Fauna (3)

Kevin Hill (@wildpikz): Kevin is a local freelance photographer who has worked internationally photographing everything from wildlife to architecture. 

 You can see his work here: https://www.wildpikz.nz/ 

Paul Sorrell (@paulsorrellnz): Paul is a local wildlife photographer and author who has recently published Getting Closer: Rediscovering Nature through Bird Photography. 

 You can see his work here: https://www.paulsorrell.co.nz/ 


Challenge details:

Entries are welcome from all amateur photographers*
2020 UNDER 16

Photographs entered into this challenge must be taken at (or of) Orokonui Ecosanctuary 

Photographs must be the entrants own photos unless entering on behalf of someone under 16 (please state with entry) 

Photos previously entered into Orokonui Ecosanctuary competitions will not be accepted

Copyright: The photographer retains copyright of their photograph 

License: Submission of photographs to the Orokonui photography challenge grants licence to Orokonui to use the photographs with attribution for fundraising, marketing, and educational purposes. Uses could include: publishing in fundraising material such as calendars and postcards; publishing in marketing material such as posters, flyers, social media, and websites; publishing in educational materials such as posters, presentations, and educational resources

Privacy release: Images of people entered into the challenge will not be accepted unless a talent release form is completed by the person(s) in the photograph. A talent release form will be provided when the entry is submitted and the submission will be accepted on the provision of the completed form. 

Private information: The personal information provided to Orokonui Ecosanctuary with your entry will remain private and will only by used by Orokonui Ecosanctuary to contact you about the photo challenge.

Photo requirements:

Participants may enter a maximum of 5 photos per category

Photos must be between 1MB-25MB

Photos must be submitted as JPEG files

Borders, watermarks or signatures should not be included

 Winning photos will be cropped to 8x10 inch landscape for calendar production, so submitting in a similar format is recommended.


How to enter:

All photos and videos should be emailed to photos@orokonui.nz or otherwise arranged

Please include your name, age category (under 16 or 16+), home town, and contact phone number in the email.

Please name photos as following:  YYYYMMDD (date taken) –XX (initials) -YY (category) – Photo name/description

For example: 20180701–JD-AN–Bellbird singing


*For the purposes of this challenge amateur photographers are those for whom photography is not their primary income