Capture the moment photography competition

Terms and conditions

1. Eligibility

Photographers must have an intellectual disability or an intellectual disability and autism and must be a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident of New Zealand aged 13 years or older at the time of entry.

Photographers DO NOT have to be using IHC / IDEA Services or Choices NZ. The photograph must have been taken by the photographer listed on the entry form, with minimal help from others.  

Photographers aged between 13 to 17 will automatically fall in the Youth Award category.  

2. Photograph

Only one photograph per photographer may be entered. The photograph must have been completed in the last 12 (twelve) months with minimal help from others to be eligible.

Your photograph must come under the theme “your Aotearoa, New Zealand”.  

Your photograph can be black and white or colour.  

A series of photographs will not be accepted.

If you are selected as one of the finalists, you will be notified by email.  You will be required to send your framed photograph to the IHC National Office before the date advised in the email.

3. Youth Award

The Youth Award is for entrants aged 13 to 17.  The judges will select the winner of the Youth Award from the entries received.

4. Judging

The selection of finalists and awarding of First Place and the Youth Award winner is made by a panel of judges. Their decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

5. Entries Opening Date

The entry opening date for submitting photographs is Thursday 1 June 2023.  Entries will open at 9.00am. Photographs will not be accepted before this date.  All photographs are to be submitted online using the Capture the moment online entry form.

6. Entries Closing Date

All photographs must be submitted and received online by 5pm on Friday 30 June 2023. Late entries will not be accepted.

7. Finalists

Up to 30 photographs will be chosen from the entries received to form the finalists.

8. Reproduction / Publication of Artwork

All photographers must be willing to participate in publicity or media stories and agree to the publication or reproduction of their work by IHC at any time to promote this and future photography competitions for people with intellectual disabilities, without payment of any fee, royalty or commission.

9. Printing and Mounting

If your artwork is selected as a finalist, your photograph must be printed and framed  and / or mounted ready for exhibiting.  Please send your artwork to IHC National Office framed and / or mounted. Quality materials as well as framing or mounting can greatly enhance photographs and their chance of success. For advice about framing and / or mounting, please contact the team at

Photographs MUST arrive already be framed and / or mounted.

10. Sale of Photographs

The finalists’ photographs must be available for sale.  The sale price photographers place on their work will be the price the photograph is sold for at the FOTO FEST Exhibition in Hastings from 15 September to 25 September 2023.  One hundred percent (100%) of the sale price will be paid to photographers if their work is sold.

Should the photograph not sell at the FOTO FEST Exhibition, the photograph will be auctioned on Trademe with one hundred percent (100%) of the sale price paid to the photographer.  If you photograph doesn’t sell on Trademe, it will be returned to the photographer.

11. Payment for Artwork

One hundred percent (100%) of the sale price will be paid to the photographer’s bank account if the work is sold.  Payment will not be paid into the account of the art base / studio, family member, support person or friend.

The photographer's bank account details will be requested at the time of notification of the photograph having been selected as a finalist.

Proof of bank account details must be provided to IHC National Office either being a bank deposit slip or a copy of the entrant’s online bank statement clearly showing the bank logo, their bank account name and bank account number.  This information is required before the requested date.

Photographers will receive a confirmation email advising the sale price of their photograph and the expected date of payment to their bank account.

12. Pricing Photographs

Please be realistic when setting sale prices.  The sale price should however take in to account the cost of products (ie; framing and / or mounting costs).

13. Notification to Finalists

As soon as the finalists have been selected, all photographers who have and haven’t been selected as finalists will be notified by email.

14. Risk

All entries are submitted at the sole risk of the photographers. IHC accepts no liability for any loss or damage and shall not be required to provide insurance cover or cover the costs of damage to photographs.

15. Media

As an entrant of the Capture the moment photography competition, you may be approached by media or want to approach media yourself to talk about your entry. If this happens, contact the IHC Communications team at for support to work with media.  

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