Christchurch Photo Hunt

Christchurch Photo Hunt

Each year Christchurch City Libraries hosts the Photo Hunt to gather photographs from across the community, along with the unique stories of their creators.

Photo Hunt 2021 People and Place – our stories revealed
Friday 1 October to Sunday 31 October

Here in Ōtautahi-Christchurch and Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū-Banks Peninsula we have many stories, from Ngāi Tahu and other iwi, European settlers, Pasifika and people of many ethnic and cultural backgrounds who have made this place home.

This year we will have a special Antarctic category. Submit any photos connected to the Antarctic, with the word Antarctic in the description, and you could win a prize.

Christchurch Heritage Festival 2021 is on 9 to 25 October, bringing together a wide range of community events and activities.

Christchurch Photo Hunt

Christchurch Photo Hunt 2021

October is our Christchurch Photo Hunt month, running Friday 1 October to Sunday 31 October.

Celebrating your stories: Highlights from Chch Photo Hunt

Sep 27th | 12:00pm - Nov 14th | 12:00pm
Various libraries
View images from the annual Christchurch Photo Hunt from 2008 through to 2020.

Photographs: Chch City Libraries Digital Heritage Collection

Oct 1st | 9:00am - Oct 31st | 5:00pm
Exhibition: Photographs from our digital heritage collection - entries in previous Christchurch Photo Hunts or Christchurch Star Archives.

How to enter

Entries for Christchurch Photo Hunt 2021 will be accepted from 1 to 31 October.

Entry photos are scanned at libraries and then returned. We also accept online submissions. We share the images with a Creative Commons License Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0, International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).

All photographs will be uploaded to the Discovery Wall where they can be viewed on the website, on the large wall at Tūranga, or on the mobile Discovery Wall.

Download entry forms

Pictures worth a thousand words

Tail of British European Airways Vickers Viscount 701. October 1953. Entry by Barbara Newcombe in the 2020 Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt. CC BY-NC-SA 4.0. CCL-PH20-245

The winning photograph from last year’s Photo Hunt was taken by Barbara Newcombe’s father Peter Basire in October, 1953. It shows a British European Airways Vickers Viscount 701 near the hangar at Christchurch Airport - surrounded by admirers.

Another notable find last year came from Ron Cone, who brought in a box of old photos he had taken of everyday life and work around Christchurch.

Some of Mr Cone’s photos show crowds gathered outside the State Theatre, an aerial shot of Papanui High School in the 1960s and the intersection of High Street and Cashel Street in 1967. They’ve now become an important part of the libraries’ digital collection.  “Thanks to Mr Cone we now have precious photos of how Christchurch was, and some really interesting colour photos from the 1950s and '60s,” Ms Robertson says.

Mr Cone’s collection of over 80 images are available to view online at Canterbury Stories.

Read more on Newsline.

Family snaps slide into Canterbury history

Family slideshow evenings held in a darkened lounge are a fond, nostalgic memory for Christchurch woman Isabel Tweedy.

Her late father Ian Tweedy was a hobby photographer who took thousands of slide photographs in his lifetime, recording family holidays, picnics and tramping trips.

Some of his images from the 1950s, 60s and 70s have been added to Christchurch City Libraries’ archives and after Ms Tweedy sorted through her dad’s collection and realised some would have a wider interest and historic significance. A selection can be seen on the Discovery Wall at Tūranga.

She has sent 28 slides to the libraries’ Photo Hunt, which is being held for the 12th year as part of the Christchurch Heritage Festival from Saturday until Sunday, 8 November.

Read more on Newsline.

Christchurch Photo Hunt - Behind the Scenes

What is the Christchurch City Library's Photo Hunt? How can you contribute to helping us tell a diverse and inclusive story of Christchurch? In this video, Beaulah takes you behind the scenes to meet Sarah Tester and Sarah Snelling, from our Digital Content and Serials Team, who work to capture the stories of Christchurch for our Digital Heritage Collection.

Your Ōtautahi Christchurch Story - STEAM Lab Online

This month’s challenge - Beaulah shows you how to contribute your own stories and images to the library’s Discovery Wall!

Previous Photo Hunts

Photo hunt 2020 winners

Tail of British European Airways Vickers Viscount 701. October 1953.

Photo Hunt 2020 - Encounter our Stories: The Winning Entries

Have a look at the winners of the 2020 Photo Hunt.

The theme for Photo Hunt 2020 was Encounter Our Stories, part of the Christchurch Heritage Festival theme of Encounter our Stories – Arts, culture and identity. The Christchurch Heritage Festival 2020 ran from Saturday 24 October – Sunday 8 November 2020.

View Photo Hunt entries for 2020.

View past photo hunt images on the Discovery Wall in Tūranga, the mobile Discovery Wall, and on the website discoverywall.nz.

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.

Images from previous Photo Hunts

Tail of British European Airways Vickers Viscount 701

Celebrating unique local images as part of our annual Christchurch Photo Hunt competition.

Corner of High and Cashel St: Christchurch Photo Hunt 2021

Celebrating unique local images as part of our annual Christchurch Photo Hunt competition.

Open day, 1955: Christchurch Photo Hunt 2021

Celebrating unique local images as part of our annual Christchurch Photo Hunt competition.

656 Ferry Road: Christchurch Photo Hunt 2021

Celebrating unique local images as part of our annual Christchurch Photo Hunt competition.
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