View Finders Photo Competition

This April School Holidays, tell us a story by taking a photo!

From the 16th of April to the 1st of May, we’re running View Findersa photo competition for tamariki and rangatahi across Wellington City. There are heaps of cool prizes to be won — and a special exhibition to take part in at the end!

We’re taking submissions in three categories: Nature, Whānau, and Objects/Books, and in two age groups, 5-12 and 13-18.

Don’t forget to check out our special View Finders Beanstack Challenge to earn spot prizes, log your reading, and do some simple activities to get your photography skills into top gear for the competition!

Submissions for View Finders are now closed! We will be announcing the winners on the 13th of May — keep an eye on this blog for updates!


Take a picture of something that blows your mind in a local park, down at the beach, or high in the hills! See what flora and fauna you can discover in the great outdoors of Aotearoa.

While you’re out and about, you might want to check out iNaturalist NZ – Mātaki Taiao, which is an app that you can use to record what you see in the natural world! There is also an annual City Nature Challenge for Pōneke/Wellington where us locals can make a big effort to see what we can find!


In a literal sense, whānau means family in Te Reo Māori, and is based on shared whakapapa and descent from a common ancestor.

Whānau is also used by non-Māori to talk about their family. Sometimes, Whānau is used to describe groups of people who come together bound by a common purpose, this could also be called whānau ā kaupapa.

So, for our photo competition, you can take a picture that tells a story about your family, or you can take a broader view of whānau to tell a story about a team or group you are involved in, or even a group of friends.

Objects or Books:

Tell us a story about a physical object that is important to you. It could be a cherished toy, or your comfiest couch! Maybe the object would even be a book (we do love books at the library!) With ComicFest coming up on May 7th, you could find a creative way to photograph your favourite comic book, maybe by putting it in a funny or unexpected location!

View Finders

Get your phone, tablet, or camera at the ready!

You can enter once per category. If anyone else appears in your photo, make sure you have permission to share it with us.

We look forward to seeing your photos and hearing the story behind them! You may want to display your photo at your local branch library at the end of the competition.

Special thanks to our friends at Splendid Photo, who are helping us to judge the competition, and Ben & Jerry’s Wellington, Light House Cinema, and Unity Books, who are kindly providing us with spot prizes to give away. Ka rawe!

10 Responses

  1. Alex Lowe 18 April, 2022 / 2:36 pm

    Hi! What is the age cut off for the view finders competition please? And where do we submit out entries?
    Thanks ☺️

  2. Stephen Clothier 19 April, 2022 / 9:23 am

    Kia ora Alex! The competition is for ages 5-18, and you can submit your photos either by filling out an entry form the next time you go to the library, or online here:

  3. Anonymous 1 May, 2022 / 12:53 pm

    Kia Ora,

    When do the winners get I decided?

    Thank you


  4. Stephen Clothier 2 May, 2022 / 10:04 am

    Kia ora Alexandru, we will be judging all of the entries over the next week or so with our friends from Splendid Photo, and we aim to contact prize-winners by the end of next week at the latest 🙂

  5. Anonymous 13 May, 2022 / 7:48 am

    Kia Ora

    Can someone please help me I am looking for the winners as it is the 13th of may.



  6. Stephen Clothier 13 May, 2022 / 10:06 am

    Hi there Alexandru, there’s been a bit of a delay with our judging process, but fear not! We will be in touch with everyone when the announcement is ready to be made 🙂

  7. Brian 14 May, 2022 / 3:49 pm

    Hi there my name is Brian and I am wondering how long this judging delay will take???

    Hope to hear back from you guys soon.



  8. Joseph Robinson 17 May, 2022 / 1:22 pm

    Kia ora Brian! Thanks for checking in! We have wrapped up our other holiday competition, Comicify Your Life, and now we are focussing on View Finders! Our judges have been sent the wonderful photos, along with typed out versions of the stories behind them! We are expecting a verdict soon!

  9. Anonymous 18 May, 2022 / 7:50 am

    Hi there, is there any chance you could you please provide a more accurate date than saying just a few days.


  10. Joseph Robinson 18 May, 2022 / 10:08 am

    Kia ora

    Yesterday, the finalists were confirmed and sent to our external judges, but I am afraid that next step of judging is out of our hands so I cannot confirm a date! The finalist judges also have a big workload at the moment, so we will need to give them a little more time. Sorry for the delay.


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