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Beach Haven and Birkdale Photo Competition

Published: 25 January 2018
Bombs Away” at Beach Haven by photographer Paul Kleynhans

Keen Kaipātiki snappers are invited to enter this year’s annual photo competition, hosted by the Beach Haven and Birkdale Residents Association.

“We’re really proud to be in our fourth year of running the competition, and each year it gets bigger and better,” says Beach Haven and Birkdale Residents Association member and photo competition organiser Duncan Laidlaw.

“We’ve had some amazing entries over those years from community members of all ages, shooting on all kinds of cameras and formats, both digital and film,” says Laidlaw.

“Previous winners have demonstrated some clever techniques of capturing light and moments in time in a single well-framed composition.” 

“In the past, we have received a lot of landscape coastal sunset style imagery. One suggestion I’d offer to help your entry to stand out would be to introduce human elements to your composition. A photo that beautifully captures human emotion, activity or form in our environment is always a strong contender with the judges,” says Laidlaw.

Enter your photo now

This year’s competition theme is ‘Life in Beach Haven and Birkdale’, and features the four following sub-categories that the judges will consider each entry against:

  • Manmade environment
  • The natural environment
  • Active or action sports or recreation
  • Conservation or sustainability

Entries can be submitted online at from 1 February, until end of day 12 March.

View the exhibition

An exhibition of all submitted work will be open for all to attend on Friday 23 March between 7pm and 9pm, and Saturday 24 March between 10am and 2pm at the Beach Haven Residents and Ratepayers Hall.

Kaipātiki Local Board Chair Danielle Grant says being a part of the competition’s judging panel is a highlight in her calendar.

“For me, it’s a privilege to see the quiet interpretations of our people, young and old, reflecting what life in the area means to them,” she says.   

“The exhibition is an opportunity to celebrate creativity, meet neighbours and see everyday things around us through the eyes of others."  

This year’s winners will not only have their work displayed at the exhibition, but also featured in OurAuckland magazine, on the OurAuckland website and in the North Shore Times newspaper.  

To find out more about the competition, including entry requirements, prize information and full terms and conditions, please visit