Photo Competitions

The 2023 WTMC photo competition is live! It’s time to dig out your tramping snaps – or better yet, take a camera (or even your phone) on your next club trip.

This year, the categories are as follows:

  • Above the Bushline (with no Human Element) [ABN]
  • Above the Bushline  (with a Human Element) [ABW]
  • Below the Bushline (with no Human Element) [BBN]
  • Below the Bushline (with a Human Element) [BBW]
  • Native Flora & Fauna [NFF]
  • Long Exposure [LE]
  • Historic [HIS]

Each club member may enter up to two photos in each category. To enter, email your submissions to . Make sure to name each photo with the category abbreviation, photographer name, and photo title (e.g. ABN_John_Doe_Aoraki.jpg). The full set of rules can be found below.

Entries close at 5pm on Friday 1 September.

Winners will be announced at the club night on Wednesday 13 September.

As WTMC is affiliated to the Federated Mountain Clubs of New Zealand (FMC), the top two photos in each category will be put forward by the club to compete in the nationwide FMC competition.


  1. Entry is open to anyone who is a member of the WTMC as of 1 September 2023
  2. The photographer must be the sole author and owner of the photo(s) they submit
  3. Each club member may enter up to a maximum of two  photos per category. The organisers and judge(s) reserve the right to amend the category of a photo which in their opinion, is entered in the incorrect category
  4. All photos must be taken within New Zealand, which is defined as our Exclusive Economic Zone. This includes the following islands: North, South, Stewart, Chatham, Kermadec, Sub-Antarctic
  5. Entries in categories other than Historic must be taken after 1 January 2022. Any photos taken prior to this date will automatically be entered into the historic category
  6. Entries must not have been entered into a WTMC or FMC photo competition before. Photos that have been previously professionally published (in magazines/commercial websites/books etc) are not eligible for entry
  7. Entries are permitted to have minor corrections, but no major editing is allowed. Discretion is expected, and the following rules are provided as an indication:
    • Adjustments for exposure, white balance, contrast & levels are allowed
    • Cropping is allowed
    • Stitching for panoramic shots is allowed
    • Compositing and airbrushing is NOT allowed
    • Filters are NOT allowed
  8. Definition of Human Element: the definition of a “human element” is flexible but the general intention is that where a photo contains anything other than a very minor feature such as people, a hut, a track sign/marker, bridge, ice axe and anything else that has been introduced by humans into the environment then we would define that as having “a Human element”. But if a photo has what could be called a Human Element but that element is very small, inconsequential and not a feature in the photo then you could count it as “No Human Element”
  9. Definition of Historic: the intention for the historic category is for entrants to go back through club and individual archives to select “old photos” rather than “photos of old things”.  As an example, a recent photo of a hut built in the 1950’s is not a ‘historic’ photo. However, a photo of the same hut taken in the 1960’s certainly is a ‘historic’ photo.  Photos for the historic category must be taken before 1 Jan 2020.  Judges tend to favor images which capture the essence of era’s past, rather than images which qualify by date but illustrate a contemporary age.  The prize for any winning photo from a club archive by a deceased member will go to the club. The prize for any winning photo from an individual archive by a deceased person will go to the person who entered the photo, whether through a club or as an individual supporter
  10. Definition of Long Exposure: the intention of the long exposure category is for photography of scenes that the naked eye cannot normally comprehend. These shots would require a very long exposure and the use of a tripod. The category is intended for highly technical images of shots taken at night, (including star trails), or in extremely low light situations such as caves or canyons. The category is not intended for normal dusk/dawn photography, or images where a long exposure is used to ‘blur’ the image (such as flowing water, or movement  of the subject). 
  11. The organisers and judge(s) reserve the right to disqualify any entries which contradict WTMC or FMC values, policies, or any relevant laws. Where any entry is controversial, WTMC may request that the photographer demonstrate how they adhered to any relevant rules. Any decision the organisers make is final
  12. Prizes will be assigned at the sole discretion of the WTMC committee. Prizes are not transferable for cash. Judging will take place anonymously. Anyone involved in judging is ineligible to participate in the competition.
  13. By entering the competition, you are agreeing that your photo may be used by WTMC for promotional purposes. This includes sharing photos on social media such as Facebook and Instagram
  14. By entering the competition you agree that we may announce you as a winner in club communications, including emails, social media, etc.
  15. By entering the competition, you agree that if your photo wins, it will go forward to the FMC competition and that you agree that the photo can be used by FMC for promotional purposes. For more details about the FMC comp and the rules/prizes, visit
  16. The judge’s decision is final

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