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2018 Otago Wildlife Photography Competition


Media Release 1 November 2017

The 19th annual Otago Wildlife Photography Competition opens for entries from Otago residents on Monday 13 November 2017.

Open to all amateur photographers and videographers living in Otago, the 2018 competition is once again open for submissions across Animal, Plant, Human Impact on the Environment, Pets, and Night Skies photo categories, as well as the Wildlife in Action video category.

Supported by Jonathan’s Photo Warehouse, Canon, and the Otago Daily Times, the competition is a stage to showcase your creative talent behind the lens as you explore the natural world.

The overall photography winner will receive a Canon EOS 77D 18-135 kit, worth $2,299, with the individual photography category winners and highly commended entries being awarded vouchers from Jonathan’s Photo Warehouse. The video category winner will receive a GoPro camera.

2018 categories:

Go wild with animals! From microscopic to larger-than-life, animals offer endless opportunities for imaginative photographers.

  • 14 years and under
  • 15 years and over

Take a perfect shot of a subject that won’t go away while you arrange your settings! Wild or cultivated, plants will reward the creative photographer.

  • 14 years and under
  • 15 years and over

Human Impact on the Environment
Let your image tell a story of human interaction and impact on animals, plants, landscapes or skyscapes.

  • Open to all ages

Share your pet’s love and personality in a portrait, action shot or something in between.

  • 14 years and under

Night Skies
Capture a stunning nightscape combining your creativity with the natural beauty of the night sky.

  • Open to all ages

WiIdlife in Action – video
Create a compelling short video of wildlife in action.

  • Open to all ages


The Museum will run a number of associated programmes and events including photography field trips and how-to sessions. The first event is Photo Safari on Saturday 18 November, which gives participants the opportunity to discover some of Dunedin’s best photo-snapping locations on a quest to capture the perfect shot. Numbers are limited on the double-decker bus; bookings can be made on the Otago Museum website

The entry form, specifications, and terms and conditions can be found on the Otago Museum website at from Monday 13 November 2017.

The 2018 Otago Wildlife Photography Competition closes at 12 noon on Friday 23 February 2018.

Winning and highly commended photographs will be announced at an afternoon prize-giving on Saturday 24 March 2018 followed by the opening of a free exhibition of winners and selected entries. The exhibition will run through to Sunday 22 July 2018.