The competition is now closed. The winner will be announced in Issue 21 of NZPhotographer Magazine on 1 July 2019.

What does your neighbourhood look like?

From giant humpback whales to fragile dragonflies, whether it is in your backyard or miles away, show us what the wildlife around you looks like!

It is an open theme competition inviting all genres and styles of wildlife photography.

1st place winner will receive:

Annual family pass to Staglands Wildlife Reserve

Camera strap from Peak Design

1-year Excio membership

3 runners-up will be interviewed and featured on Excio Blog


Terms and Conditions



By entering the competition you agree to accept and be bound by the terms and conditions below.



  • Employees of NZPhotographer Magazine, Excio, Staglands Wildlife Reserve, Peak Design, and New Zealand Photography Workshops, and their families, sponsors, agents or anyone professionally connected with the competition are not permitted to enter.

  • You need to be a resident or citizen of New Zealand to participate.

  • The Competition is open to photographers aged 16-years or above at the time of entering the competition.

  • Entry is free. Photographers can enter up to 5 photos as an individual shot or as a photo story.

  • Copyright of all images submitted for this competition remains with the respective entrants. By entering the competition, photographers accept the terms and conditions and agree that their images can be broadcast via digital feeds or printed for physical events by Staglands, Excio or sponsoring organisations. Images remain the property of the photographer and the photographer agrees to grant Staglands 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.

  • Photographs must be original works by photographers. Photographs must not violate the rights of anyone else and must be suitable for viewing by all ages.

  • Late, illegible, incomplete, or corrupt entries will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries and proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt. 

  • Photographs must be saved as JPEG (.JPG) files, at a setting of 10 (100%) or higher; sRGB colour space, 8-bit.

  • Title of the image must match the title in the form.

  • No watermarks / copyright units / borders / personal logos on images.

  • Minimum size 1100 pixels on the shortest edge.

  • Adjustments for exposure, white balance, contrast & levels are allowed.

  • Cropping is allowed.

  • Focus and exposure stacking, HDR, and stitched panoramas are allowed. 

  • Removal or insertion of features and elements not in the original image is not allowed.

  • Judges have the right to request an original RAW file from finalists. 

  • No parties will be responsible in any way for the publication of an entry that is subsequently found to be in breach of copyright. Any such entry will be immediately disqualified.

  • All entries must be received by 11.59pm NZT on the advertised closing date - 20 June 2019.

  • The winner will be announced on 1 July 2019 in NZPhotographer Magazine, on the website and on social media and contacted by e-mail and/or phone by 5 July 2019.

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

  • Excio, NZPhotographer magazine, Sponsors, and Partners of the competition cannot be held responsible and will not be liable for any loss or damage of prize (in the case of physical products) if sent to winners outside of New Zealand. 

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