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What is the competition?

The New Zealand Secondary School Photography Competition (NZSSPC) is a project created by youth, intended to serve as a platform where passionate secondary school photographers can promote their photos, as well as partaking in a friendly competition with like-minded students.


The theme for this year’s competition is Peace. Photographers should feel free to interpret and illustrate this theme conceptually or realistically.

The concept of peace will be split into three categories, highlighting people, nature & still life. Students will compete with other students from across the country, and are eligible to submit up to three photographs each. These photos can be in unique categories or feature in a single category multiple times, depending on the wishes of the contestant.


All submitted photographs will be judged by a panel of adjudicators, with a shortlist of 6 photos from each category to be printed and displayed publicly in the final exhibition. An additional People’s Choice Award will be given to the shortlisted photograph that receives the most votes from the public. These photos will additionally be featured on the NZSSPC website.

Who is eligible?

Secondary school students from Year 9 to Year 13 in 2022.

What are the key dates?

Submission Open: 1st December

Submission Deadline: 1st February (extended to Midnight on the 5th)

Exhibition Open: 25th February 2023 -> 5th March 2023

Prizegiving: One week before closing of the exhibition

What is the entry fee?

There is no cost for the submission of photos, or the attendance of the exhibition.

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