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Terms & Conditions

Terms and Conditions of Entry


These conditions of entry apply to all photography and video submissions to the Otago Museum Photography Awards.

All entries must represent the natural world as authentically as possible, free from excessive digital manipulation, with honesty in captioning, and total regard for the welfare of the animals, plants and environment.

1. The competition opens at 9am on Wednesday 10 February 2021 and closes at 12pm, Monday 24 May 2021. No entries will be accepted outside of these times and dates.

2. All entries must be submitted online. If you have no internet access but would still like to enter, please contact the OMPA team on 03 474 7474 or email

3. Entrants must reside in Otago at the time of entry (proof of residential address may be required).

4. Entrants must be amateur photographers and videographers. For the purposes of the competition, you are considered a professional if 20% or more of your income is or has been derived from photography or videography.

5- Social Media entrants must submit entries via Facebook or Instagram and include the hashtag #OMazing

6. Images submitted must not be commissioned images, images used for a commercial purpose, or images entered in other photography competitions.

7. The entrant must be the original author of the work entered as described in the Copyright Act 1994. Any attempt at plagiarism, such as copying the composition of another artist’s image, will result in immediate disqualification.

8. Photograph and video entries will not be returned.

9. Subjects of photographs and videos can be from any location worldwide.

10. For the purpose of the competition, wildlife is deemed to include domestic and non-domestic animals.

11. Photographs must be submitted to the following categories:

  • Animal
    • Youth (up to 18)
    • Adult (19+)
  • Botanical
    • Youth (up to 18)
    • Adult (19+)
  • Our Impact on the Environment
    • Open to all ages
  • Pop up 2021 - Landscape
    • Open to all ages
  • Video - Wildlife in Action
    • Open to all ages
  • Social Media – All Categories
    • Open to all ages

12. Video entries must depict wildlife in action. They can be one or more shot sequences depicting animals in action. Editing is permitted, but no captioning is allowed. All ages are welcome to enter the video category. Audio (natural sound) is permitted. Music is not permitted.

13. Photographic and video entries must have been taken no earlier than 1 January 2020.

14. Each person can submit a maximum of ten photographic entries overall; they may be split across any category or combination of categories; not exceeding five photographic entries per category. Social media entries have no maximum limit.

15. Each person can submit a maximum of three video entries.

16. If more than ten photographic entries and/or three video entries are submitted, only the first ten photographic entries and/or three video entries sent will be counted.

17. Photographic and video entries must adhere to the following specifications.

Photography entries: minimum file size 1MB; maximum file size 10MB; photos must be submitted as JPEGs; we recommend you leave the format of your image in rectangle shape; borders, watermarks or signatures should not be included.

Video entries: maximum 30 seconds long; video format H264 codec (.mov or .mp4); resolution 720p or 1080p; aspect ratio 16:9; bitrate: 20mbps max.

18. Submitted photographic and video entries that fail to meet the specified format will not be considered and will be disqualified from entry with no correspondence entered into.

19. Panorama photographs will not be accepted as entries in Animal, Botanical or Our Impact on the Environment Categories. Panorama photographs are accepted in the Landscape Category.

20. Images that are heavily digitally altered will not be accepted as entries to the competition. Videos may be edited, but captions are not allowed.

21. Entrants may be required to provide the original source file of their photo for enlargement and display purposes or for checking the degree of editing. Please note, images may be cropped for display purposes in the competition exhibition or marketing collateral.

22. Entrants agree to grant Otago Museum a perpetual, non-exclusive licence to use submitted images for marketing, commercial and editorial use. Entrants will be credited in all possible circumstances.

23. The organisers acknowledge the moral rights provisions of the Copyright Act 1994, including the right to be identified as the author of the work and the right to object to derogatory treatment of the work. To preserve the artistic integrity of the entry, no work will be intentionally edited (other than as stated in condition 18), altered, demeaned, or misrepresented in any way.

24. It is the entrant’s responsibility to obtain appropriate written permission from people or owners of property, animals, or plants that are identifiable in their work. The entrant must produce evidence of that consent to the organisers if requested.

25. The entrant fully indemnifies the organisers against any claims arising from the display or use of unaltered work as described herein and from the infringement of intellectual property rights of any third party.

26. The organisers reserve the right to not show entries in the exhibition that have been deemed inappropriate for the Museum audience.

27. The organisers reserve the right to not show all entries in the exhibition. The selection of images in the exhibition is at the sole discretion of the organiser.

28. No correspondence will be entered into with the entrant if their entry is not selected for the exhibition.

29. If the organisers are unable to open or upload the entries submitted because of technical errors caused by file quality or if the file is damaged, the organiser reserves the right not to include the entries in the competition. No correspondence will be entered into with the entrant.

30. All entries will be treated with care, but no responsibility will be accepted in the case of loss or damage. Insurance is the entrant’s sole responsibility unless agreed in writing with the organisers.

31. Entrants agree to be contacted by the organisers regarding this competition and subsequent exhibition as well as future Otago Museum Photography Awards.

32. The entrant’s consent to these Terms and Conditions is through their uploading of photos or video to the competition online.

33. Staff and immediate families of the competition organisers are not eligible to enter the competition. ‘Immediate’ refers to siblings, parents, children, or spouses/relationship partners.

34. Winning and highly commended photographs will be announced at a prize-giving on Saturday 26 June 2021 followed by the opening of a free exhibition of winners and selected entries.

35. If COVID affects our ability to run the competition or exhibition in a way that is beyond our control, we reserve the right to change dates, regulations etc as needed. For example, if the supply-chain affects our ability to obtain prizes, we reserve the right to give another item of a similar value that may be more easily obtained in New Zealand.

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

37. Prizes are non-transferable and are not redeemable for cash.

If you are unable to enter online, or if you have any other comments or questions, please contact:
03 474 7474