Fresh Shoots Photo Competition

Terms and conditions


  • The Wellington Botanic Garden Photo Competition is open to amateur and professional photographers aged 14-years or above on the closing date of each of the separate four-season competitions that their image is submitted.


  • Entry is free. There are four separate competitions based on the four seasons. Spring is open midday Saturday 1 September and closes midnight Friday 14 December 2018. Summer is open midday Saturday 15 December and closes midnight Friday 22 March 2019. Autumn is open midday Saturday 23 March and closes midnight Friday 21 June 2019. Winter is open Saturday 22 June and closes Friday 20 September.


  • Wellington City Council employees and their families and sponsors are not eligible to enter. Members of Wellington Photographic Society will be eligible to enter.


  • Entries should be in standard .jpeg format.


  • You can only enter one photo in each season.

  • Photographs must be taken at the Wellington Botanic Garden.

  • Photographs must be original works by you. Photographs must not violate the rights of anyone else, must not have been published previously and must be suitable for viewing by all ages.


  • You acknowledge that it is best practice to obtain consent of any persons included in your photograph for the purpose of the Wellington Botanic Garden ‘Fresh Shoots’ Photo competition, and understand that winning entries will be used for marketing purposes throughout Wellington City Council and the photo competition’s partners and for an unspecified length of time. 


  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.


  • Prizes are not negotiable; prizes cannot be transferred; prizes cannot be redeemed for cash.



  • Wellington City Council reserves the right to verify the validity of entries and to disqualify any entry which, in the opinion of Wellington City Council, is not in accordance with these terms and conditions of entry or who has engaged in conduct in entering the competition which is fraudulent, misleading, deceptive or generally damaging to the goodwill or reputation of Wellington City Council.


  • By entering the competition, you accept the terms and conditions and you agree your images can be broadcast via digital feeds or printed for physical events by Wellington City Council. Images remain the property of the photographer and the photographer agrees to grant Wellington City Council and its competition partners the right to use the image for marketing purposes in print and digital formats for an unspecified length of time. No one is entitled to any fee for publication of a photograph, but the photographer will be formally credited when the photo is used. These images and names will be public to all.


  • By entering the competition and accepting the terms and conditions, you agree that Wellington City Council may use your name and contact details for the purpose of conducting the competition. The winners will have their identity published and this may be used in future promotions of the same nature. This information will be held by Wellington City Council. If a photo caption is given, the photographer and person being photographed will be identified by their full name.


  • Prize winners will be notified by email or telephone by Sunday 23 December 2018 (Spring), Sunday 31 March 2019 (Summer), Sunday 30 June 2019 (Autumn) and Sunday 29 September 2019 (Winter).


  • Every entrant, or their caregiver (if the entrant is under the age of 18) agrees to indemnify Wellington City Council against each liability, expense, loss, cost, claim or damage (including legal fees) incurred by Wellington City Council, which arises directly or indirectly from the negligence, willful act or omission or breach of the conditions of the Privacy Act 1993 or Copyright Act 1994 by the entrant.