Photo Competition Results

Check out the submitted images and prize winners from our 2013 Otari-Wilton's Bush photo competition.

Winning photos

Congratulations to the winning photographers in each category:

 - Sally Lees won the Plant Portrait category
 - Ben De Boeck won the Young Person's category
 - Fraser Punt won the Otari category
 - Aurélie Aubertin won the People's Choice category

Submitted photos

You can see all the photo entries at:
Wellington City Council - Flickr
Botanic Gardens of Wellington - Facebook

Photo by Fraser Punt - Otari winner.

Photo by Fraser Punt - winner of the Otari category


About the competition

We put the call out for photographers nationwide - amateurs and professionals of any age - to enter our photo competition by 1 December 2013.

Photo by Sally Lees - Plant Portrait winner.

Photo by Sally Lees - winner of the Plant Portrait category



There were three categories - categories 1 and 2 for entrants aged 14 years and older, and category 3 for those aged 13 years and under (participants could only enter one photo in each category*): 

  1. Otari photo - reveal an aspect of Otari-Wilton’s Bush
  2. Plant portrait - capture a New Zealand native plant (flowers, fruit, leaves etc)
  3. Young person’s photo - any photo of Otari-Wilton’s Bush or a New Zealand native plant, taken by someone 13 years old or under (people entering category 3 could not enter any other category.)

A panel of expert judges assessed photos on quality, creativity and how the image captures a unique aspect of Otari-Wilton’s Bush.

Submitted photos are displayed on Flickr and the Botanic Gardens Facebook page. Some competition photos became part of the Council's stock photo library. 

Photo by Ben De Boeck - Young Person's winner.

Photo by Ben De Boeck - winner of the Young Person's category



The winner of each category received:

  • a $100 voucher from Wellington Photographic Supplies
  • a copy of Field Guide to New Zealand Native Trees by John Dawson and Rob Lucas (courtesy of Otari-Wilton’s Bush Trust)
  • a bowl carved out of Otari wood.

The runner-up in each category won a selection of New Zealand plants from Otari-Wilton’s Bush.

Photo by Aurélie Aubertin - People's Choice winner.

Photo by Aurélie Aubertin - winner of the People's Choice category


People’s Choice winner

A People’s Choice winner was also selected through voting on the Botanic Gardens of Wellington Facebook page:

The People’s Choice winner received a bowl carved out of Otari wood and a selection of native plants from Otari-Wilton’s Bush.