Terms and Conditions

Entry into this competition is deemed acceptance of the following terms and conditions.


  1. The create. Mackenzie Book & Art Festival Photography Competition is open to all amateur and professional photographers.

  2. To enter the competition, please fill in our online entry form.

  3. The closing date for entries is 5 pm, Friday 30 July 2021.

  4. All images must have been taken after January 1, 2020, and ONLY within the Mackenzie Region, New Zealand. If you're unsure of the Mackenzie region boundaries, please click here.

  5. The 12 finalists will be notified in mid-August. The Overall Winner and Runner-Up will be notified at least 1 day prior to the event taking place, and the People’s Choice Award will be notified once the event has finished.

  6. Entries will only be accepted digitally and must not have been manipulated in any way other than global colour and exposure adjustments considered standard in RAW processing. Focus and exposure stacking, HDR, and stitched panoramas are allowed, but discretion is expected. Compositing or airbrushing is not permitted, nor anything added, removed or substituted from the original image other than dust spots or scratches. Judges will request an original RAW file from finalists. Any images deemed by the judges to have been manipulated beyond these boundaries will be disqualified.

  7. Images uploaded for judging purposes must be at least 1000 pixels in the longest dimension. Finalists must be able to supply a high-resolution file at a minimum of 4000 pixels in the longest dimension on request. Limited cropping is allowed, but the native resolution of the image must still be 4000 pixels on the longest edge.

  8. Entrants must warrant that the photograph they are submitting is their own work and that they own the copyright for it.

  9. Each entrant may submit a maximum of 2 images in total, but each entry must be in a separate entry form.

  10. Photographs that have previously won an award (i.e. winner or runner-up) in any other photographic competition at the time of entry may not be entered.

  11. All entries are submitted at the photographer’s own risk and the organisers cannot accept liability for any loss of file data of images previously entered in the competition.

  12. By entering the competition, the photographer accepts that images will be published online at www.createfestivalnz.co.nz as part of its coverage of the create. Mackenzie Book & Art Festival and in a 2022 create. Mackenzie Book & Art Festival Calendar distributed during and after the 2021 festival. You also accept that work may be published in the future in formats (print, electronic or exhibition) that showcase the best of the create. Mackenzie Book & Art Festival. Use of images will be credited to the photographer, and the photographer retains full copyright on all images.

  13. By entering the competition you accept that your image may be used by Mackenzie Book & Art Festival in media that specifically advertises, promotes or celebrates create. Mackenzie Book & Art Festival photography competition. Use of images will be credited to the photographer, and the photographer retains full copyright on all images.

  14. By entering the competition you accept that if your image is chosen as the Overall Winner, Runner-up or People’s Choice Award, the relevant sponsor may use the image to promote their association with the awards for a period no longer than three months from the date the awards winners are announced. The words “create. Mackenzie Book & Art Festival” will accompany the publication of images used by sponsors and appear with photo credit to the photographer asserting your copyright. This does not extend to a sponsor using an image to promote a product or service. This is not a commercial license.

  15. create. Mackenzie Book & Art Festival reserves the right to print/mount/frame/project/screen shortlisted entries for exhibition purposes, and crop/alter the images in respect of that format, taking all due care to preserve the original impact and intent of the image. Judges will not alter images or crop entries to improve picture composition, however, create. Mackenzie Book & Art Festival may need to alter the colour balance or contrast of an image to ensure good reproduction of the printing/screen technology used.

  16. Judges will be looking for an interesting composition, subject matter and narrative, as well as technical expertise and a genuinely original approach. Judges will be looking for images that give an original perspective of the Mackenzie Region.

  17. By entering the competition you confirm that you have complied with New Zealand law while shooting your entry. Please refer to the CAA website for specific aerial photography regulations.

The prizes are as follows

a) All 12 Finalists

  • Your image is displayed as part of the photo boardwalk in the Twizel Town Square for the duration of the festival (Fri 17 Sept – Sun 3 Oct 2021)

  • One copy of 2022 Create. Mackenzie Book & Art Festival Calendar

b) Overall Winner

  • $1,000 cash

Values of prizes are accurate at the date of publication.


The decision of the organisers and judges on all matters relating to the competition is final, and no correspondence will be entered into at any stage.