The 2022 Wairarapa Schools Photography Competition is in planning stage.

The photography awards is an e-learning competition, open to all primary and intermediate aged students in the Wairarapa region. This competition gives an opportunity for students to be inspired, to innovate and to create. For teachers the challenge is to further integrate e-learning and use technology effectively in their classroom practice to enhance students’ creativity and digital competencies. The awards evening will provide an opportunity for students at all levels to share and celebrate their e-learning skills and talents.

Following judging the award winning entries will be professionally produced and presented to the winners at an awards night. If we are unable to hold an awards evening we will move the awards announcements to an on-line video.
An overall winning photographer will also be selected and awarded with a prize.
These framed prints have kindly been sponsored by
Pete Nikolaison Photography

WORKSHOP TUTORIALS FOR TEACHERS – click here to go to photography workshop tutorials to support you to understand some of the concepts required to take great photographs.

How to submit photos

School entries need to be submitted via Google drive. Your school’s teacher in charge of the competition will be emailed their school google folder. Inside the folder will be two folders, one labelled ‘Architecture’ and one labelled ‘Food’. Inside each of these will be the Year Level entry folders.

We suggest schools set up a folder to change the photo names to the required format and to save all of your entries in before they are submitted.

Images must be named using the following format:
category (A) or (F) 
year level of student

Examples: F_7_8_mis_janedoe.jpeg or A_1_2_lakeview_johnsmith (please use a underscore (_) in between each

The photography entry categories are;

Food – can include food growing (e.g.fruit trees, crops), macro (close up), food for sale (supermarket, markets), food for the family, food at the table, food preparation,  Providing food is the main focus people can be in the photo.

Architecture – can include building exteriors, interiors, buildings in use (e.g. museums, libraries), shelters, greenhouses – any structure that has been built. Providing the architecture is the main focus people can see in the photo.

Entry levels for each category are:
Years 1 and 2
Years 3 and 4
Years 5 and 6
Years 7 and 8


  • Maximum of 5 entries per entry group in each category from each school
  • Only 1 entry in each category per student.
  • Entries must be taken by the student.
  • All entries must be a photo taken in 2021.
  • Written permission must be obtained for use of personal images. E.g. portraits. This information must be held by the school.
  • Image size must be at least 1 MB. This will make images reproducible. Photographs must be saved in jpeg file format. 
  • Images can be submitted in colour or black and white.
  • Images can be cropped but cannot be digitally altered in any other way.
  • Judges’ decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Black or white science fair display boards must be provided with your school name and all entries on for the awards evening.


Your digital photograph should:

  • Be obvious what it is about  (Many photos are nice but not sure what the subject really is)
  • Convey a message
  • Have good composition (Rule of thirds; foreground; background; balance and order)
  • Show one or more of the elements (pattern, line, colour, light)
  • Demonstrate awareness of angle; frame and/or macro
  • Be a large size (e.g. at least 1 MB), as images will be viewed on a screen for judging (check size)
  • Be saved in jpeg file format
  • Be named using the title of the photo and the name of the photographer, school, level and category. 






Shows very little attempt at original thought
Shows an attempt at originality and inventiveness
Shows some originality and inventiveness
Shows considerable originality & inventiveness


The main element of the photo is difficult to identify.
Main element of the photo can be identified
Uses 1 of the elements of pattern & line, colour or light to enhance the photo
Uses more than one of the elements of pattern and line, colour or light powerfully to add impact

Visual Components

Poor visual composition
(camera angles, lighting, rule of 3rds framing of shots)
Average creative, visual composition (camera angles, lighting, rule of 3rds framing of shots)
Well done creative visual composition (camera angles, lighting, rule of 3rds framing of shots)
Excellent creative visual composition (camera angles, lighting, rule of 3rds framing of shots)