Capture the Moment - our new photography competition!

What is Capture the Moment?

Building on the success of the IHC Art Awards, which is now in its nineteenth year, we wanted to showcase the talent of New Zealanders through a different medium.

That's why we are running Capture the Moment – our new photography competition for New Zealanders who have an intellectual disability or an intellectual disability and autism.

The theme of the inaugural competition is "in your community" and we'd love to see examples of what community means to you wherever you live in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

This means it could be a photo of taken at the park, beach or even at home.


Entries have now closed. Thank you to those of you who entered Capture the Moment. We will be in touch with you once the judges have selected the 30 finalists. 


If you require any further information, please contact  



  • Winner will receive $2,500
  • Second place: $1,500
  • Third place: $1,000
  • Youth Award winner will receive $1,500


FOTO FEST in Hastings City

Our judges will select thirty finalists photos which will be exhibited at FOTO FEST in Hastings City. The photographs will be for sale with 100% of the sale proceeds going to the photographer.

FOTO FEST is a city-wide visual art and cultural event to take place within Hastings City including local galleries, community spaces, inside and out, local businesses and retailers from 30 September to 7 October 2022. 

FOTO FEST is managed by FOTO IWI, a creative charitable trust.



Photographers must have an intellectual disability or an intellectual disability and autism and must be a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident of New Zealand aged 13 years or older at the time of entry.

Photographers aged between 13 to 17 will automatically fall in the Youth Award category. 

Scroll to the bottom of the page to view the Capture the Moment terms and conditons. 


Our judging panel 

We're proud to announce the judging panel for Capture the Moment:

Bridgit Anderson

Bridgit Anderson is a photographer based in Ōtautahi Christchurch. She is known nationally and internationally for her documentary, portraiture and still life.

Dame Denise L’Estrange-Corbet

Dame Denise L’Estrange-Corbet is the co-founder of the highly acclaimed fashion house WORLD which was established in 1989 with Francis Hooper in Auckland.

Her love of the arts saw her first judge the IHC Art Awards in 2009, she then went onto become the IHC Art Awards Ambassador in 2017 and was made Patron of IHC New Zealand in 2022.

Mark Coote

Mark is a commercial photographer who lives in Paekakariki.

Before starting his own business in 1997 he was a staff photographer on Wellingtons’ iconic afternoon newspaper, The Evening Post.

In 2017 he won 1st place - Outstanding Achievement in Portrait in the 10th International Color Awards.

Guides for taking good photographs

Read the competition terms and conditions