Be part of our living visual history

4 September 2023

Are you someone who is inspired daily to snap stunning photos of your surroundings?

Lincoln University’s Learning, Teaching and Library unit (LTL) - in association with Tikaka Tuku Iho, Living Heritage - are seeking contemporary photographs which showcase Lincoln, the Selwyn district, and the wider Waitaha Canterbury region.

There are several categories to enter, with the Grand Prize Winner receiving a professional print of their winning photo.

Competition categories

1. Staff & Student Life

This is a category all about capturing the life of our staff and students both on and off campus: images of campus architecture will compete against portraits, and photographs of football matches... There is a lot of room for interpretation with this one.

2. The Great Outdoors

Another broadly drawn category, The Great Outdoors/The Natural World gives the more intrepid amongst you an opportunity to go out and explore the wider world: you could climb to the top of Aoraki, Mount Cook to snap a photograph! Or not. Consider images of pets, or family members enjoying a day at the beach...

3. Macro Photography

A sort of extreme close-up photography, macro photography is all about highlighting the tiniest details of our great big world. This is a far more technical category and may require the use of specialized equipment, but it is always fun to experiment with the tools you already have.

4. Black and White

For those with a flair for the dramatic, the Black and White (also called the “Monochrome”) category presents the photographer with the greatest opportunity to capture the interplay of light and shadow.

5. Abstract Image

This is a category for those of you who are more experimental, or playful. Images in this category are allowed to be digitally manipulated beyond a simple color correction, meaning that you can warp, stretch, or otherwise transform images to create an artwork that is truly bizarre.


(Please note that the examples given above are intended for inspiration only. You are free to interpret each category as you’d like.)



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