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The 21st Laurie Thomas New Zealand Landscape Salon 2017

Initially established in 1997 this salon is hosted by the Christchurch Photographic Society in memory of former member, the late Laurie Thomas.

Laurie was a keen photographer of the New Zealand landscape using the medium of slides.

The rules of the Salon are as follows:

  • All images MUST be of the New Zealand landscape.
  • No image shall be manipulated during processing that materially alters the fact of the landscape.
  • No image that has previously been successful in this salon (e.g. Accepted) nor any cropped portion of such an image will be accepted.
  • A Champion trophy, which the winner retains, will be awarded to the Champion image and the selectors will award Honours and acceptance certificates as appropriate.
  • The Salon is limited to digital media only; no slides or prints are eligible for entry.

Pioneered by the Christchurch Photographic Society, and named after one of its formative members, the Laurie Thomas Salon is now exclusively for projected digital images.The Salon is open to photographers young and old, amateur and professional, throughout the country. Entrants may submit up to four images of the New Zealand landscape. Last year,136 photographers entered a record total of 647 images.

Every entrant receives a full-colour catalogue in which most of the successful entrants have at least one image reproduced. The winner of the Salon gets to keep a distinctive trophy, designed by Lesley Sales, depicting water, wind, trees and light.

Silver and bronze medals, as well as Honours ribbons and Acceptance certificates are awarded at the judges’ discretion. Last year 139 images received awards.

Laurie Thomas entries are assessed alternately in the North and South Island. This year for first time they will be assessed in Invercargill. Three photographers with outstanding credentials will form the assessment panel. Graham Dainty FPSNZ, current chair of the PSNZ  Honours Board, will chair the panel. Graham will be joined by Roger Wandless FPSNZ, FNZIPP and Kevin Tyree APSNZ.

The 2017 Laurie Thomas Salon open for entries on 1 March 2017. Entry

Closing date is 26 May 2017.

The North Shore National Salon of Photography

The North Shore National Salon of Photography will be holding its twenty-second (22nd)  annual Salon in 2017.

Entrants to the Salon’s competitions are typically amateur photographers from photographic clubs and societies throughout New Zealand, although the Salon is open to professionals and unaffiliated photographers as well.

Information on the North Shore National Salon is available at the Salon’s dedicated website

Information and the results of winning images for the 2016 North Shore National Salon is available at the Salon’s website at the Salon’s dedicated website

The Nelson National Triptych Salon

The Nelson Camera Club is pleased to announce that after a year’s absence, the National Triptych Salon is back for 2017.

As the name implies this salon is only for entries which are in the form of a triptych. That is each entry must consist of three images presented on a common background. If you haven’t tried to make a triptych before you will find that putting together three photographs that have a strong link, emphasise a common theme or together tell a story is a great way to sharpen both your creative and your compositional skills.

Entries may be submitted as prints or digitally projected images. The subject matter is Open.

All entrants receive a Salon catalogue. Entrants gaining an Acceptance or above receive certificates and the top triptych print and top digital image entrants each receive hand-crafted triptych trophies.

Additionally this year there is a further special award. This is for the triptych which best depicts a well known phrase or saying of the entrant’s choice.

The 2017 Salon opens for entries on 1 August and closes on 31 August.

For more details please see

The National Photojournalism Competition 

2017 represents 26 years of the National Photojournalism competition wqhich is hosted annually by the New Brighton Photographic Club.

For full details about this Salon go to the New Brighton Photographic Club.

It is open to all PSNZ New Zealand residents, or financial members of a PSNZ affiliated camera club.

Entries are accepted in Digital form only and there are two categories:

  • Category 1 Sport and Action
  • Category 2 Street Photography and Social Commentary

Dunedin Festival of Photography

There will be no Dunedin Festival of Photography run in 2017, as the Dunedin Photographic Society is preparing for the 66th PSNZ National Convention, being held April 19 – 22, 2018.

Tauranga Audio-visual Salon

This Salon is organised by the Tauranga Photographic Society and is open to all members of PSNZ and affiliated clubs and financial members of the Australian Photographic Society and the Photographic Society of South Africa.

The results for the 2016 competition are available from the Tauranga Photographic Society website.

The categories for 2017 are:

  • Documentary
  • Theme
  • Poetry, Music and Song
  • The World of Nature

The 2017 competition opens 1st April and will close at midnight on 7th June 2017.

Please note these changes to the competition:

  • The inclusion of limited video will be allowed in all categories.
  • The Fusion category has been replaced by the ‘World of Nature’.

Entry Restrictions:
The restriction on entering AVs that have been successful in the Jack Sprosen Memorial Trophy (JSMT) competition has been removed. This now allows AVs which have been successful in past JSMT competitions to be entered into the Tauranga AV Salon.

New Zealand Novice Award:
Restricted to New Zealand residents only. It is open to any entrant who has NOT received an acceptance or higher in any national AV competition.

Other Information:
There are a number of help sheets on the website for people interested in creating Audio Visuals (AVs).

For more information visit the Tauranga Photographic Society website

Creative Focus

This is held every year, hosted by the Pukekohe – Franklin Camera Club and is open to members from all clubs affiliated with PSNZ.

Entries comprise of images submitted digitally.

Entries close at the end of June and the awarding is in July.

See details at

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