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Photo competition: showcasing sustainable lives


Wellington’s Sustainability Trust today launches a photo competition which is seeking the best images of people living sustainable lives. You can enter – and vote – now.

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At the Sustainability Trust, we know that there are thousands of people in Wellington who care about climate change and living more sustainable and ethical lives. They come in to our EcoShop, they send us emails, phone us, and we often cross paths through our programmes and workshops. So with the thought that a picture is worth a thousand words, we are launching a photo competition to showcase Wellingtonians living their best sustainable lives. The hope is that when visitors come in to our EcoCentre, they will see one of the photos and get inspired.

We want to see pictures of you living your best sustainable life. Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints is a photo competition for you to showcase what it means to be green. And you could win one of six $150 Prezzy cards.

There will be one winner per category + a peoples choice (so make sure you get all your friends to vote). Follow the competition on Facebook and vote for your favsourites.

Here are the five categories for you to choose from are:

Blinds. Not our Future
Straight Outta Compost
Where the Wilderkids are
Heaters gonna Heat
Once were Waste Warriors

How to enter:

Send your full-size, hi-resolution PORTRAIT photos to di@sustaintrust.org.nz by 31 May (Please limit file size to 15mb)
Write – Sust Trust photo com + the title of the category you are entering in the email headline
Include your phone number and address
Supply a brief caption (5 words max) and a description, that includes where the photo was taken and why this particular scene caught your eye.

Note: All photos must be in portrait mode.

About the categories:

Each category represents the work Sustainability Trust is committed to doing every day. Before submitting your photos, we want you to know that the winning photo from each category will go on public display; both in our EcoCentre and Board Room hence why we need portrait photos.

Winning photos will be professionally framed in recycled native timber and hardwoods thanks to JW Framing. We will also host an awards ceremony at the Trust in late June or early July where all highly commended and winners will be announced, you will be invited but do not have to attend to win.

Blinds. Not Our Future

This category is all about curtains. Curtains are a part of what we do. We upcycle curtains and turn them into custom made, quality, lined, heat traps for families that need them.

We acknowledge that curtains don’t always have a commonplace in every home. So we’re opening this up to cover more than curtains and it includes things like draft stoppers and double glazing. Basically, anything that shows how you keep the warmth in and the cold out. Here are some ideas to get you started….

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Straight Outta Compost

We love growing food and growing community. That’s why we run a range of programmes and workshops such as Food is Free, Fruit tree Guardians and Grow a Grandy.

So for Straight Outta Compost, we want to see your greatest compost and gardening conquests in action! Here’s some food for thought…


Where the Wilderkids Are

You’ve probably read the book or seen the movie – Where the Wild Things Are – but have you heard of Where the Widerkids Are? Our guess is maybe not.

Where the Wilderkids is based on our outdoor, adventure-based school holiday programme for kids aged 5 to 12. Wilderkids are experts of the forest, flora and fauna of Matairangi (Mount Victoria). We want to see pictures of the curious minds in your household exploring nature.


Heaters gonna heat

We are a social enterprise that supports Wellingtonians create warm, healthy energy efficient homes. We do this by insulating peoples homes and also providing expert advice on heating.

We know that heating and insulation aren’t the most photogenic items in the world, so we’re expanding Heaters gonna heat to include all the ways you plan to keep warm this winter. Here are some ideas to get you warmed up.


Once were Waste Warriors

Waste is a very real issue we all face. That’s why we love creative solutions to reduce our impact on the environment. If you haven’t already joined us for one of our DIY workshops, we cover things like upcycling pallets into garden boxes, making beeswax wraps and snack bags, and running DIY skincare sessions. We want you to show us what you’re made of…


We have a panel of judges made up of a well-known Wellington professional photographer and member of Wellington Photographic Society. Jo from JW Framing and a staff member from Sustainability Trust.

Terms and Conditions:
By entering this competition, you have read and agree with the terms and conditions of entry – Read T&Cs here

Take Nothing But Photos, Leave Nothing but Footprints is proudly supported by:
JW Framing, Wellington Photographic Supplies