Showcase your talent in our photography competition.

About Capture the moment 2024

Capture the moment is our photography competition for New Zealanders who have an intellectual disability or an intellectual disability and autism.

Building on the success of the IHC Art Awards, we wanted to showcase the talent of New Zealanders through a different medium.

The theme of this year’s competition is “Nature: the living world” (Natureall the animals, plants and other things in the world that exist or happen independently of people, water, sea mountains).

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Entries will open on Saturday 1 June 2024 and close at 5pm on Sunday 30 June 2024. There will be an online form for people to submit their entries – this will be available on the website from Saturday 1 June 2024.

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FOTO FEST in Hastings City

The top 30 finalists will be exhibited at FOTO FEST in Hastings City from 14 to 22 September 2024. The exhibition will be at Toi Toi, 109 Hastings Street South, Eastbourne Corner, Hastings.

The photographs will be for sale with 100% of the sale proceeds going to the photographer.

FOTO FEST is a city-wide visual art and cultural event to take place within Hastings City including local galleries, community spaces, inside and out, local businesses and retailers.

FOTO FEST is managed by FOTO IWI, a creative charitable trust.



Bridgit Anderson

Bridgit is an Ōtautahi Christchurch-based photographer and designer, specialising in human-interest and social history storytelling.

Recent exhibitions: Stella & Cecil (2021)and Christine’s Jewellery Box (2023). 

Exhibited and published nationally and internationally, Bridgit’s work is held in private and national collections, including the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Rachel Callander

Rachel is a kiwi expat now living in Perth Australia.

Rachel holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (BFA) from the Dunedin School of Art in New Zealand.

She has been a Master Photographer and past recipient of NZ Wedding Photographer of the Year within the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP).

She is the author of the international award-winning photographic artbook Super Power Baby Project and co-author of the follow up book and exhibition, Super Power Kids. Both books celebrate the lives and abilities of children living with a range of disabilities. The books are big, beautiful and the children within the pages exude beauty, joy and life.

Shayne Jeffares

Photography has been part of Shayne’s life for more than 30 years as a professional wedding and portrait photographer in the Hawke's Bay.

In 2022 Shayne established Fotofest, a photography festival with a focus on celebrating community and worked closely with IHC to host the photography exhibition, Capture the moment.

Shayne also runs Happy Snappers weekly with IHC Media, has run numerous photography workshops within IHC communities across the country and was a judge last year of Capture the moment.

The winning image of the competition by Cameron Henson sits proudly in Shayne’s home.

Now into its third year, Shayne is excited by the opportunities for this year's festival, held again in Hastings, Hawke's Bay and showcasing the IHC Capture the moment exhibition.

Winners 2023

First place

Ducks in mid flight over grass near Lake Taupo
Cameron Henson
Dog Frightens Ducks, Lake Taupo

Second place

A black and white photo with a paraglider in the air over the grassy beach
Chloe Zuppicich
Karioitahi Beach

Third place

The lit up Auckland sky tower against a dark sky with colourful shipping containers in front of it
Jade Laughton
Wake Up Auckland

Youth Award

A sunset between winter trees with leaves on the ground
Ben Scurr
Between the Forests

Online gallery 2023

Explore the captivating collection of Art Awards entries in our online gallery.

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Two people waiting at the platform at Dunedin Railway station under a Dunedin sign and metal roof

Image credit: Callum Flett, 'Dunedin Railway Station', Capture the moment winner, 2022

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