Christchurch Photo Hunt 2019

October 2019 is a big month for Christchurch City Libraries. It marks the first year of the opening of Tūranga and the first birthday of the Discovery Wall.

October is also when we run our annual Christchurch Photo Hunt. It runs from Tuesday 1 October to Thursday 31 October. Winners will be announced on Monday 2 December.

2019 is our 11th Photo Hunt and over the past years we have had some fantastic photographs submitted. This year’s theme is Encounter Our Stories. Share stories of your encounters, with the city, your community, with friends or nature. These photographs will help to create a picture of our city’s heritage.

You can bring in your photo to your local library and we will scan it and return it to you or you can submit online. Your photograph will be uploaded to the Discovery Wall where it can be viewed on the website, on the large wall at Tūranga or on the mobile Discovery Wall that will be at South Library for the month of October.

We are proud partners with Beca Christchurch Heritage Festival 2019. Thank you to our supporters Spark, who are providing the prize for the overall winner of the 2019 Photo Hunt and to Star Media.

You can view the past photo hunt images on the Discovery Wall in Tūranga or on the website

Visit the Christchurch Photo Hunt page to enter.

Previous Photo Hunts

Christchurch City Libraries has run a Photo Hunt since 2008. People have shared their photographic memories to help us build our collection and make sure their story is told. 

2018 winners

Overall winner: Royal Yacht Britannia, Lyttelton Harbour January 1974, submitted by Isabel Tweedy

Judges' notes:

Photographically striking image with the juxtaposition of people and the size of the ship and the dark hull against the lighter sky and people. 1974 was a significant time in Christchurch’s history. There was a Royal visit as the Commonwealth Games were held in Christchurch.

Easily identifiable as an era by the 1970s fashion. It also shows a different time by the public access to the wharf.

Isabel has been a regular contributor to our photographic digital collection. Her images are a varied insight to Christchurch in the 1950s to 1970s.