News | 27 September 2018

Get the picture and give us your best shot

Wellington’s Botanic Garden is celebrating its 150th anniversary, and it’s looking pretty as a picture – so give us your best shot.


To highlight the changing seasons, beauty, activities, and attractions the Botanic Garden has to offer, we’re inviting photographers to enter their pictures into the Fresh Shoots photo competition and be in to win great prizes.

Council has partnered up with Excio, Wellington Photographic Society (WPS), NZPhotographer Magazine, New Zealand Photography Workshops, Wellington Photographic Supplies, and Nikon to offer four separate competitions taking place over the year.

Every season, the panel of expert judges will select the senior and junior (14-18 years) winners from each of the four categories: People, Nature, Events, and Creative.

Senior prizes include a voucher from Nikon NZ worth $400 and free annual membership of the Wellington Photographic Society, and each category winner will win a printing voucher from Wellington Photographic Supplies.

Junior prizes include a place on a New Zealand Photography Workshop in Wellington and a New Zealand Photography Workshop Pocket Guide To Landscape & Wildlife Photography.

The People's Choice category will also be featured in NZPhotographer magazine.

The Botanic Garden is classified as a Garden of National Significance by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture and is a Historic Places Trust Heritage Area.

Planned since 1844, it was entrusted to the New Zealand Institute, the forerunner of the Royal Society of New Zealand, in an Act of Parliament in 1869.

The 25-hectare Botanic Garden – a short walk from the central city – is visited by 1.2 million people each year, making it the third most visited attraction in Wellington after Te Papa and the Cable Car.