FMC Club Photo Competition 2017-08-10T13:49:52+00:00

FMC Photo Competition

The annual FMC photo competition encourages club members and individual supporters to get out there and capture that special shot. The way it works is that clubs organise their own internal competition then forward the winning two photos per catagory to FMC for the overall competition.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 competition:

2017 Competition

FMC Individual Supporters will for the first time be able to participate in 2017!  All supporters will be regarded as belonging to one ‘club’.  Each supporter can enter up to two photographs in each category, these will be judged against the other supporter photographs, with the winners gaining entry to the overall competition. The overall competition is judged by an illustrious selection of photographers and the winning entries are published in the FMC Bulletin.

We’ve moved the FMC competition later in the year, giving more time for clubs to hold their own club photo competitions.

We would like to see a greater range of photos with people in them doing things that our members do in the Outdoors and so have tweaked the categories to encourage this. We took into account that a number of clubs set their categories for their own competition based around the FMC ones and we don’t think our changes will upset those clubs.

The revised categories for the 2017 competition are:

  • ABOVE BUSHLINE (With no Human Element)
  • ABOVE BUSHLINE  (With a Human Element)
  • BELOW BUSHLINE (With no Human Element)
  • BELOW BUSHLINE  (With a Human Element)
  • HISTORIC                                                                  

How to Enter
Files should be submitted electronically using a cloud storage service (we prefer Google Drive, but others such as DropBox, One Drive etc are fine too).

Entries close on 1st September 2017 for Individual supporters, and 15 September 2017 for Clubs.

  1. Download the entry form for FMC Individual Supporters or FMC Affiliated clubs.
  2. Ensure photos are between 1Mb and 5Mb before entering.
  3. All photos should be re-named using the naming convention described on the entry form.
  4. Create a new folder on your cloud storage service, upload all the photos plus the completed entry form.
  5. Generate a sharing link for that folder, then send it to photocomp@fmc.org.nz
  6. Once we confirm that we’ve received your complete entry, your photos are in to win!

Notes on entering

  1. Please do NOT attach files to an email and do NOT use any social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Google Photos etc – they may compress your files without you knowing.
  2. 1Mb is about the minimum quality for print publication, should your entry win.  Much beyond 3Mb is a little pointless, as there’s more pixels than the judges screen can display!
  3. If you do not have an account with any file transfer service and are not sure about how to open or use these services then send an email to photocomp@fmc.org.nz . We can help you through the entry process.

1. What defines a “Human Element”?

“The definition of what is a “Human Element” is flexible but the general intention is: Where the photo contains as anything other than as a very minor feature: people, a hut, a track sign/marker, bridge, ice axe and anything else that has been introduced by humans into the environment then we would define that as having “a Human element”. But if a photo has what could be called a Human Element but that element is very small, inconsequential and not a feature in the photo then you could count it as “No Human Element”.

2. Entries for the contemporary categories must be taken after 1 Jan 2015. Any photos taken prior to this date will automatically be entered into the historic category.

3. All photos must be taken within New Zealand, which is defined as within our Exclusive Economic Zone. This includes the following islands;   North, South, Stewart, Chatham, Kermadec, Sub-Antarctic.

4. Rules on post processing:

  1.             Adjustments for exposure, white balance, contrast & levels are allowed.
  2.             Cropping is allowed
  3.             Stitching for panoramic shots is allowed
  4.             Removal or insertion of features not in the original image is not allowed.


A huge thank you to our sponsors for 2017:

Please support our sponsors, without their support we couldn’t offer such a great pool of prizes.