Ōpāwaho-Heathcote River Network

World Rivers Day

Photographic Competition

- Schools Division Entry Page -

Schools and students are invited to participate in the

World Rivers Day Photographic competition

15 - 26 September 2019
The river: its shadows and radiancy
Photo Essay: The river in our lives
(see below for details)


Competition opens: Sunday 15 September 2019

Closes: Thursday 26 September 2019

Awards presentation: Tuesday 1 Nov 2019 5.30-7.30pm

The 2019 photography competition is designed both as an e-learning competition and a creative activity. It is open to all school aged students within the Ōpāwaho-Heathcote River catchment.

Great prizes to be won!

This competition provides an opportunity for students to be inspired, to innovate and to create.

The awards evening will provide an opportunity for student finalists at all levels to share and celebrate their skills and talents alongside the finalists in the Open category.

Entry divisions are:
Junior -Years 3-6;          Middle - Years 7-10;       Senior -Years 11-13

School competition photographs may only be taken between 15 and 26 September, Open competition photos may only be taken over the weekend of 21-22 September.


PHOTO ESSAY: A photo-essay is a set or series of photographs that are made to tell a story and create an emotional response in the viewer. Photo essays range from purely photographic works to photographs with captions or brief comments to full text essays illustrated with photographs. We ask that you limit your photo essay to no more than 6 photographs & use a slideshare or powerpoint presentation.

How to submit entries

School entries need to be submitted digitally using this  ENTRY FORM (see rules below)

If the student is under 16 years of age, please also fill in this parent/guardian consent form and,  where people are recognisable in the photo, a permission form.   

Teachers: If photos are to be entered through a school we suggest setting up a folder for all student entries to ensure all the entries are labelled appropriately & saved to the required format before submitting.

Please go to the
Open Section if you would like to enter the competition that way.


  • From each school a maximum of 5 entries per age division in each theme category [i.e. for a Y1-13 school maximum would be 30 entries; a Y1-6 school would have a maximum of 10 entries]

  • Only 1 entry in each category per student.

  • The photographs must be taken by the student within the fortnight 9-22nd September 2019.

  • Written permission must be obtained for use of any identifiable personal images within a photo. This is submitted with the photo entry

  • If you are under 16, you must have your parent or legal guardian’s consent to participate in the competition. If the OHRN does not receive a valid signed parental or legal guardian consent form for any finalists selected under the age of 16 within 7 days of the closing date the OHRN will be entitled to select an alternative finalist from among the entrants.

  • Image size must be at least 1 MB and no more than 10MB. This will make images reproducible. Photographs must be saved in jpeg file format. Photo Essay entries can be saved in jpeg,.png or ppt 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.

  • Images will be entered through SCHOOLS ENTRY FORM and must be named using the following format:

    • theme (A) or (B)

    • year level of student

    • School

    • Surname + Initial    E.g. A-Y4-Heathcote-SmithJ