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Christchurch Photo Hunt

Christchurch Photo Hunt

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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. This year marks the 12th Photo Hunt and is running from Friday 18 September to Sunday 8 November.

The theme for Photo Hunt this year is Encounter Our Stories, which is part of the Heritage Festival theme of Encounter our Stories – Arts, culture and identity. The Christchurch Heritage Festival 2020 is running 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.

How to enter

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 the entry form [130KB PDF]

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!

From Paper to Pixel Exhibition

21 September to 1 November 2020
Celebrate our digital heritage collections. Discover the stories of our city.

Images from previous Photo Hunts

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.

Port Harbour workers: Christchurch Photo Hunt 2020

Port Harbour workers in Lyttelton, 1960s. An entry in the 2014 Photo Hunt. Photo Hunt 2020 runs 18 September to 1 November.

James and Hannah Huston: Picturing Canterbury

The Hustons at home, 48 St Davids Street, Lyttelton, 1948. An entry in the 2019 Photo Hunt. Photo Hunt 2020 runs 18 September to 1 November.

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.

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