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The Kentia Prize 2018


Enter the Kentia Prize Photography Competition and give yourself a chance to win over $20,000 in prizes, including:

  • 7 nights at Pinetrees Lodge on Lord Howe Island in an elegant Garden Cottage for 2 guests (twin share), including gourmet breakfasts, lunches, afternoon teas, 4 course dinners and island airport transfers – valued at $9800 – conditions apply
  • 3 nights on the Murray River Walk for 2 guests (a Great Walk of Australia), including all meals and beverages, luxury houseboat accommodation and cruises, and guided walking – valued at $4600 – conditions apply
  • 2 night photography retreat at Bay of Many Coves Resort (a Luxury Lodge of New Zealand) for 2 guests, including all meals, ferry transfers and photography workshops with renowned New Zealand photographer, Simon Woolf – valued at $3000 – conditions apply
  • 2 return airfares from Sydney to Lord Howe Island with Qantas – valued at $2800 – conditions apply
  • 1 night at Spicers Potts Point in Sydney for 2 guests (twin share) including gourmet breakfast, followed by 1 night at Spicers Sangoma Retreat in the Blue Mountains for 2 guests (twin share) including all meals and beverages – valued at $1560 – conditions apply
  • Canon IXUS 185 cameras for the ten best entries in the Children's category, and a Canon EOS 700D Digital SLR Super Kit with an EFS18-135IS Lens – valued at $1400

These are serious prizes, and we have multiple categories, for serious and not-so-serious photographers. You don’t even need photos of Lord Howe Island - our Best Travel Photo category is for inspiring photos from anywhere in the world (we always need inspiration). We also have some fun categories for kids under 12 and ‘happy snappers’ who capture amazing photos accidentally - typically on their smartphone. Our categories include:

1. Landscape - or seascape, without people

2. Wildlife - one specimen or many

3. Underwater - at least 30% of the image shows an underwater scene

4. Texture - textures, patterns, or macro photography

5. Portrait - captures the personality of the subject, and can be an environmental portrait with the subject set in a context that accentuates personality

6. Children - must be taken by a child aged 12 or under (as of 8 January 2018) and can depict anything on Lord Howe Island

7. Happy Snappers - can be anything on Lord Howe Island, and is intended for the ‘happy snapper’ holiday photographer who captures an amazing photo on their smartphone or point-and-shoot camera

8. Best Travel Photo - inspires the viewer to visit the location of the photo, and can be taken anywhere in the world

The organisers – ShadowShaper Photography, artist Ben Waters, Pinetrees Lodge, and the Lord Howe Island Board – will only accept 800 entries from which the best 80 will be selected for the Kentia Prize Exhibition from 5-8 January 2018 in the Lord Howe Island Public Hall. Selection for the Exhibition is an achievement in itself (not everyone can win). The 2017 Exhibition was an outstanding event (see some of the winning photos below), and we expect the 2018 Exhibition to be bigger and better.

All funds raised from the Kentia Prize Competition will be donated to the Lord Howe Island Central School, to help our kids with resources that remote schools need. Even if you think your photos won’t win, submit them anyway, and the $15 entry fee (per photo) will help our kids.

Please download the rules and follow the instructions. Remember, we’ll only accept the first 800 entries so you’ll need to send your images well before the closing date of 5 December 2017. 


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