'Real Fresh Hutt Valley' competition is live - $3,000 cash prizes to be won! Learn more.

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Hutt Valley

Let's show how real, fresh, vibrant and diverse our Hutt Valley is.
Extended till 4 December!



Enter as many photos as you wish - starting with one! When you enter five or more images you may qualify for a free one year Excio membership. Read the Terms and Conditions to find out.

Explore our map with locations for inspiration.

  • People in action

    At work, at recreation, at sport, at home.

  • Made in the Hutt

    Locally made. Products, drinks and food.  Manufacturing, science and technology.

  • Our great outdoors

    Parks and green spaces. Trails, beaches, outdoor adventures, picnics.

  • Hidden gems

    Little pockets of awesome, your secret spots - cafes to swimming holes.

  • Hutt life

    What sums up our lifestyle, backyards and suburbs? What does life in our city look like?


Photo competition launches in Hutt Valley

If you live in the Hutt Valley, wider Wellington Region or are planning to come and visit in the Hutt before December make sure you take a few photos! Everyone is welcome to enter, whether you are a member of Excio or not.

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One winner in each category
will receive

  • $500 cash prize
  • Feature in Excio Journal


One runner-up in each category
will receive

  • $100 cash prize

Terms and Conditions

This competition is run by HuttValleyNZ and Excio Limited. HuttValleyNZ is a destination marketing partnership between Hutt City Council and Upper Hutt City Council.
How to enter
  • You can enter as many photographs as you like, however each photograph must only be entered in to one category.
  • All entries must be received by 11.59pm NZT on 4 December 2022.
  • You are responsible for any breach of copyright. Any such entry will be immediately disqualified.
  • HuttValleyNZ’s destination marketing team and Excio employees are not eligible to win cash prizes.
  • If you are younger than 18 years old, you have obtained the consent of your parent or caregiver to enter.
What you can gain from entering
  • All qualifying entries will be eligible for 10 cash prizes. Judges will choose a winning image ($500) and one runner-up ($100) in each of the five categories.
  • The first one hundred entrants to submit five or more qualifying photographs will receive an invitation to a complimentary one-year Excio membership. On acceptance those photographs will be published for sale on the Excio Image Library and the photographer will receive a PhotoToken which will become tradable in 2023. Read more here.
  • All cash prizes are in New Zealand dollars.
  • Prizes are not negotiable or transferrable.
  • Prize winners will be notified by email or telephone by 15 December 2022.
What your photo needs to be / what we’re looking for
  • Photographs must be taken in Lower Hutt or Upper Hutt regions.
  • Photographs must be original works by you.
  • Entries should be in standard .jpeg format with the minimum resolution of 2000px on the short edge.
  • Adjustments for exposure, white balance, contrast & levels are allowed. Cropping is allowed. Focus and exposure stacking, HDR, and stitched panoramas are allowed.
  • Removal or insertion of features and elements not in the original image is not allowed. Judges have the right to request an original RAW file from finalists.
  • Photographs must not violate the rights of anyone else and must be suitable for viewing by all ages.
  • You have received consent from all identifiable people in your photo, unless this photo was taken in a public space. [see an example Model Release below.]
How we’ll use your photos
  • All entered photographs may be used by HuttValleyNZ and Excio. You agree to grant royalty-free, non-exclusive right of use for the photographs.
  • The winners and finalists will have their name published and this may be used in future promotions of the same nature. This information will be held by HuttValleyNZ. If a photo caption is given, the photographer and person being photographed may be credited and/or named.
  • You, or your caregiver (if you are under the age of 18) agrees to indemnify HuttValleyNZ and Excio Limited and partners against each liability, expense, loss, cost, claim, or damage (including legal fees) incurred by HuttValleyNZ and Excio Limited, which arises directly or indirectly from the negligence, willful act or omission, or breach of the conditions of the Privacy Act 2020 or Copyright Act 1994.
We reserve the right to verify the validity of entries and to disqualify any entry that, in our opinion, is not in accordance with these terms and conditions of entry or who has engaged in conduct in entering the competition which is fraudulent, misleading, deceptive or generally damaging to the goodwill or reputation of Excio Ltd or HuttValleyNZ.
The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Submit your photo

See our Submission guidelines here
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