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Kiwi personalities to judge #MyAnzacDay photo competition

17 April 2016

New Zealand actor Sam Neill and broadcaster Carol Hirschfeld will be judging the recently launched #MyAnzacDay photo competition.

“The photo competition is a great idea and I hope a lot of people take part. I’m looking forward to seeing what telling images New Zealanders come up with,” says Sam Neill.

New Zealand broadcaster, Carol Hirschfeld is delighted to be part of the judging panel and thinks the #MyAnzacDay photo competition is a great way to show a contemporary picture of Anzac Day.

"As we mark a century since the first Anzac Day service was first held, it is an opportunity to reflect on those who helped create a nation,” says Carol.

Two other New Zealanders will also be on the judging panel, New Zealand Photographic Society Vice President Peter Robertson and photographer Saint Andrew Matautia.

The #MyAnzacDay photo competition, coordinated by WW100 - New Zealand’s First World War Centenary Programme is encouraging New Zealanders both at home and overseas to send in a picture of what Anzac Day means 100 years on from the first commemoration.

This year New Zealand will mark a centenary since the first Anzac Day service in 1916. From London to Tinui, Petone to Dunedin, New Zealanders first gathered to remember those who fell at Gallipoli.

New Zealand Post have been very generous in providing prizes for the two winners from their WW1 commemorative stamps and coins collection.

“100 years on, Anzac Day is more relevant than ever, and New Zealand Post is honoured to be involved in such a fitting way to remember those who served,” says New Zealand Post’s Head of Stamps and Coins Simon Allison.

The prize awarded to the Judges’ Choice winner will consist of New Zealand Post’s commemorative WW1 silver proof coin and their miniature sheet booklet set, two First World War books: New Zealand and the First World War by Damian Fenton and Holding on to Home by Kate Hunter and Kirstie Ross, and Ngā Tapuwae New Zealand First World War Trails merchandise pack.

The People’s Choice winner will receive New Zealand Post’s RSA silver proof coin and the RSA commemorative stamps presentation pack, two First World World history books: New Zealand and the First World War by Damian Fenton and New Zealand’s First World War Heritage signed by the authors Imelda Bargas and Tim Shoebridge, and Ngā Tapuwae merchandise pack.

There will also be awards given to two runners-up, which will be judged by the panel.

To enter the #MyAnzacDay photo competition, people need to take a photo on Anzac Day that expresses what the day means to them as a contemporary New Zealander. They then need to add a caption that explains their photo, and upload it to Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #MyAnzacDay. For those who do not use social media, email entries will be accepted as well.

Entries for the competition will open on Anzac Day, 25 April, and close on 2 May. Winners will be announced on 12 May. Find out more, visit ww100.govt.nz/myanzacday-photo-competition

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Clare Fraser, Senior Communications Adviser WW100
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