Amazing Animals! Photography Competition

This exhibition is no longer on display at the Museum.

Are you handy with a camera and hungry for great prizes? Then enter your best animal photographs in our Amazing Animals photo competition.

Freshwater Crocodile at Lone Pine Koala SanctuaryThe best pictures snapped this year will win prizes and be displayed in the Museum. The competition is open to Canterbury photographers aged 15 and under. If you need inspiration, visit the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition to see the world’s best animal photographs.

To enter Amazing Animals, send up to five of your best animal photographs to before 18 November 2018. Your email should include your name, age and contact details. Make sure your photos are bigger than 1MB but smaller than 10MB; JPEG files; free of any borders, watermarks or signatures and were taken after 1 January 2018.

There are two categories to enter: 10 years and under, and 11 to 15 years. The winning entries in each category will receive a $100 Prezzie Card and the runners-up a $50 Prezzie Card.

Terms & Conditions of Entry

All entries must represent animals as authentically as possible, free from excessive digital manipulation and with total regard for the welfare of the animals.

  1. Entries can be submitted until 5.30 pm on Sunday 18 November 2018. No entries will be accepted after this deadline.
  2. All entries must be submitted via email to The entrant’s name, age, telephone number and email must be included in the email.
  3. All entrants must be amateur photographers aged 15 and under. Prizes will be awarded in two categories: 10 years and under and 11 to 15 years.
  4. Entrants must reside in Canterbury at the time of entry. Proof of residential address may be required.
  5. Photographs must have been taken after 1 January 2018.
  6. Each person can submit up to five photographic entries.
  7. Photos must be submitted as JPEG files. Minimum file size 1MB; maximum of 10MB. Large files may need to be emailed separately.
  8. 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.
  9. Images that are obviously heavily digitally altered will not be accepted as entries to the competition.
  10. For the purpose of the competition, animals include domestic and non-domestic animals as well as insects and birds.
  11. The organisers reserve the right to not display entries that have been deemed inappropriate for the Museum audience.
  12. Entrants agree to be contacted by the organisers regarding this competition.
  13. No correspondence will be entered into if an entry is not selected for display.
  14. The judging panel will be convened by a professional photographer and include a Museum Natural History Curator and a member of the Museum’s Exhibition Team. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  15. Photographs will not be returned.
  16. All entries will be treated with care, but no responsibility will be accepted in the case of loss or damage.
  17. The entrant’s consent to these Terms and Conditions by emailing the images to the competetion address.
  18. By uploading the image, the entrant asserts that they are the copyright holder and grants permission to Canterbury Museum to reproduce, either through print or electronically, their entry for display or use in marketing, promotion or any other non-commercial activity.
  19. The entrant must be the original author of the work entered as described in the Copyright Act 1994. Any attempt at plagiarism will result in immediate disqualification.
  20. 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, altered, demeaned or misrepresented in any way.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Staff and immediate families of Canterbury Museum are not eligible to enter the competition. Immediate refers to siblings, parents, children or spouses/partners.
  24. Prizes are non-transferable and are not redeemable for cash.


This exhibition is no longer on display at the Museum.
11 August – 18 November 2018
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