#MyAnzacDay Photo Competition

We want to see what Anzac Day means to you

Anzac Day began to take shape in the midst of the First World War, as New Zealand marked the first anniversary of the Gallipoli landings on 25 April 1915. Within a few years core elements of the day – including the structure of memorial services – were set and the Anzac story and sacredness of the commemoration became enshrined.

100 years later we want New Zealanders to think about what Anzac Day means to them now so we can build a picture of Anzac Day 2016. Whatever you do on 25 April, be it getting involved in your local community’s Anzac Day activities, or enjoying taking time away from work or study - grab your camera, smartphone or tablet, take a photo and share it with us!

View the competition entries on Facebook
See the winning entries
ead a media release announcing the winners

What to do

Take a photo on Anzac Day (Monday 25 April) 2016 that expresses what Anzac Day means to you as a contemporary New Zealander, and in 25 words or less add a caption or title that provides some context and explanation of your photo.

Entering the competiton

To enter you need to:

  • Make sure your photo has a caption (25 word maximum) attached explaining what Anzac Day means to you
  • Ensure your photo is clear
  • Submit your photo by 8pm on Monday 2 May 2016

There are three options for how you can enter your photo:

  • Facebook – Upload your photo to the WW100 wall with your caption and the hashtag #MyAnzacDay to
  • Twitter – Include the hashtag #MyAnzacDay in your tweet
  • Email – send your photo and brief explanation to (note -the size limit for files to this mailbox is 10MB or please use file sharing such as Dropbox)

Then what happens?

Photos will be added to an album, which will be available on the WW100 Facebook page. From the album two major winners will be selected: the People’s Choice winner and Judges' Choice winner (as well as runners up)

View the #MyAnzacDay Facebook album

People’s Choice

This winner will be determined by which photo receives the most likes in our Facebook album by 6 May 2016, so everyone will have the opportunity to vote on your favourite photo by liking it.

Judges' Choice

This winner will be determined by the panel of Judges' vote. The WW100 Office will select a shortlist of photos to be judged by the panel (the WW100 Director's decision is final). The shortlist will be selected based on originality, visual effectiveness and how well the caption’s meaning is conveyed. The photo earning the largest number of points will win Judges' Choice, with two runners up also receiving prizes.

On Wednesday 12 May 2016 we will announce the winners.


Saint Andrew Matautia – Photographer 

Saint Andrew Matautia has been developing his skills as a photographer for almost five years. The majority of his work focuses on the documentation of culture and the issues that affect people directly as a result of a person’s culture. Andrew is currently working towards completing his Master of Design Innovation at Victoria University School of Architecture and Design.

Sam Neill – New Zealand Actor

Sam Neill is an internationally recognised actor known for his contribution to film and television over a career spanning 40 years. He is well known for his roles in Steven Spielberg's ‘Jurassic Park’ and Jane Campion's Academy Award Winning film ‘The Piano’ and most recently, the New Zealand film ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ directed by Taika Waititi.

Carol Hirschfeld – Radio New Zealand Head of Content, Member of the WW100 Panel

Carol Hirschfeld is a New Zealand broadcaster, known for her role as a TV3 News presenter alongside John Campbell from 1998 until 2005. Carol is Radio New Zealand’s Head of Content and has been a panel member on the WW100 Centenary Programme since 2013.

Peter Robertson - Vice President, New Zealand Photographic Society

After three years as Vice President, Peter will commence his tenure as President of the New Zealand Photographic Society at the end of April 2016.  He tutors at photography clubs and community workshops throughout the country.  Himself a passionate photographer, Peter has produced award-winning images in a broad range of genres and styles, and has a particular interest in travel, nature and editorial photography. 

Terms and conditions

Download the full terms and conditions as a PDF (100 KB) or Word document (36 KB)

What you can win

There are a number of great prizes up for grabs:

People’s Choice prize

The photo receiving the most ‘likes’ will receive:

  • First World War history books including ‘New Zealand and the First World War’ by Damian Fenton (retails at $75) and ‘New Zealand’s First World War Heritage’ signed by Imelda Bargas and Tim Shoebridge (retails at $49.99)
  • Selection of Ngā Tapuwae Merchandise (valued at approx. $70)
  • New Zealand Post RSA silver proof coin with RSA presentation case (retails at $139) and the RSA commemorative stamps presentation pack (retails at $29.90)

Judges’ Choice winner will receive

  • First World War history books: ‘New Zealand and the First World War’ by Damian Fenton (retails at $75) and ‘Holding on to Home’ by Kate Hunter and Kirstie Ross (retails at $49.99).
  • Selection of Ngā Tapuwae Merchandise (valued at approx. $70)
  • NZ Post commemorative WW1 silver proof coin and presentation case (retail price is $139) plus miniature sheet booklet set containing the New Zealand Post booklets from the 1914, 1915 and 1916 issues (pack retails at $39 ea.)

Judges’ Choice two runners up will each receive

  • Selection of Ngā Tapuwae Merchandise (valued at approx. $70)
  • The New Zealand Post miniature sheet booklet sets with booklets from the 1914, 1915 and 1916 issues (retails at $39 ea.)

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