Flow to the Whau Photo Competition 2022 – Entry rules

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Groundwater – Making the invisible visible

Groundwater is invisible, but its impact is visible everywhere. Out of sight, under our feet, groundwater is a hidden treasure that enriches our lives. Almost all of the liquid freshwater in the world is groundwater. As climate change gets worse, groundwater will become more and more critical. We need to work together to sustainably manage this precious resource.

Groundwater may be out of sight, but it must not be out of mind.

How to enter

  • Take a photo inspired by the theme Groundwater in the Whau Catchment Area
  • Check that your photo is less than 20MB
  • Name your file using your first name and last name
  • Email your photo to tewhaupathway.auckland@gmail.com by 11.59pm, Sunday 3 April 2022 with the location of your photo in the subject line


  • First place $300
  • Second place $100
  • Third place $50
  • A selection of photos will be printed and displayed in local libraries

Photo ideas

We want to see…

The good
– Clean looking water
– Springs
– Inspiring views
– Fish, birds, insects
– Native plants
– Places that you enjoy

The bad
– Discoloured or smelly water
– Weeds
– Slime in the Whau River and streams
– Algae in water

The ugly
– Rubbish in the water or near the water

Location ideas in the Whau River Catchment Area

The Whau River
– From Roberts Field
– From McLeod Park
– From Archibald Park
– From Ken Maunder Park
– From the river banks
– And of course on the river! (if you have access to a vessel)

The Streams
– Glendene Stream from Tirimoana Road
– Porters Stream from Sabulite Road
– Gadden Stream from Waikumete Cemetery
– Taroa Stream from end of Miro Street
– Scroggy Stream from Chettle Reserve
– Potury Stream from Seabrook Avenue
– Manawa Stream from Manawa Wetlands
– Rewarewa Creek from Rewarewa Esplanade
– Waitahurangi Avondale Stream from Olympic Park
– Whau Stream from Blockhouse Bay Road
– Patahiku Stream from Godley Green

Photography tips

The fine print

The Whau Coastal Walkway Environmental Trust (WCWET) welcomes entries to Te Whau Pathway’s Flow to the Whau Competition for World Water Day 2022 (“Competition”). By entering this Competition, entrants are deemed to have read, understood and accepted the following terms and conditions:

A. Entry conditions
  1. The Competition is open to any member of the public, residing in New Zealand.
  2. Entrants under 18 years of age must check that they have the permission of their parent/guardian to enter.
  3. A person may enter up to three photos. More than three photos will result in an entrant being disqualified. No group entries will be accepted.
  4. Photos must be taken in the Whau Catchment Area.
  5. Photos must capture or represent the theme of groundwater.
  6. Photos must be less than 20MB each.
  7. Photo file names must contain the photographer’s full name.
  8. Photos must be the entrant’s own work.
  9. Entrants must get specific consent of any identifiable faces/persons in their photo to include them.
  10. Entries must be submitted via email to tewhaupathway.auckland@gmail.com before 11:59pm Sunday 3rd April. Entries received outside this time will not be accepted.
  11. If the WCWET cannot open or upload the entries submitted because of technical errors caused by file quality or if the file is damaged, the WCWET reserves the right not to include the entries in the competition. However the WCWET will work with you to ensure all entries are given the opportunity to be submitted.
B. Judging, Announcement of Winners and Prizes
  1. Winning entries will be selected by a panel appointed by WCWET.
  2. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  3. The Competition Winners will be announced on the Te Whau Pathway website, the Te Whau Pathway Facebook page and the Te Whau Pathway Instagram account on Wednesday 13th April 2022 (originally was Sunday 10th April).
  4. The Competition Winners will be contacted by email within five working days of the announcement. If entrants were under 18 at the time of entry, the WCWET will ask to contact a parent/guardian.
  5. If a Competition Winner cannot be reached after three attempts, a runner-up will be awarded as the winner.
  6. A Competition Winner may only win one prize.
  7. The Prizes will be as follows:
    – First place $300
    – Second place $100
    – Third place $50
  8. If the Prize or part of the Prize becomes unavailable (for any reason), WCWET reserves the right to cancel or amend the Prize at its own and sole discretion.
C. Copyright
  1. The copyright for each photo remains with its photographer.
  2. The winning entrants will have their winning photos used on Te Whau Pathway Project and Auckland Council promotional materials, including, but not limited to, posters, bookmarks, promotional materials, articles, forms and fliers and websites. Credit will be given to the photographer (where the design makes it possible).
  3. A selection of entrant photos will be printed and displayed in local libraries in the Whau Catchment Area in 2022.
  4. All photos and entrants’ names will be displayed on the website and in social media channels for the purpose of showing competition entries to the public.
D. Privacy
  1. All entrants consent to WCWET using their full names and home suburb and their submitted photograph for promotional purposes, external and internal marketing, promotion, communication and general publicity purposes in connection with the Competition, including displaying their names and design entries on the Te Whau Pathway website and Te Whau Pathway Facebook and Instagram page.
  2. The Competition Winners also consent to participate and cooperate as required in promotional activities relating to the Competition.
  3. All information provided by the entrants will be collected, used, stored, disclosed and corrected in accordance with the Privacy Act 1993. All entrants have the right to access their information and request for any personal information to be corrected.
E. Exclusions
  1. WCWET reserves the right to exclude any entrant from participating in the Competition at its sole discretion. WCWET also reserves the right to refuse to award the Prize to an entrant who is in breach of these Terms and Conditions, gained an unfair advantage in participating in the Competition or won the Prize by using fraudulent means.
  2. WCWET will not be liable for any claims for loss, damage or injury whatsoever or for any physical or mental injury suffered by any entrant or the Competition Winner as a result of or in connection with the Competition or due to the Prize won in the Competition.
  3. WCWET reserves the right to amend or change these Terms and Conditions at any time at their sole discretion, including extending, postponing or canceling the Competition.
  4. These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of New Zealand and shall be subject to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of New Zealand courts.