Christchurch Photo Hunt

Christchurch Photo Hunt

Each year Christchurch City Libraries hosts Photo Hunt to engage the Christchurch community in heritage and 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.

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

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

Christchurch Photo Hunt 2021

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

Horse drawn tram: Christchurch Photo Hunt 2020

Tram pulled by a Clydesdale in Papanui Road, 1964. Entry in the 2019 Photo Hunt. Photo Hunt 2020 runs 18 September to 1 November.

Enjoying Autumn in Hagley Park: Picturing Canterbury

Two children enjoy the autumn leaves in Hagley Park, 2016. An entry in the 2016 Photo Hunt. Photo Hunt 2020 runs 18 September to 1 November.
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