Photo competition winner - Orekei Korako Geyserland Resort

Congratulations to Orakei Korako Geyserland Resort for winning Judge’s Choice in the 2019 TIA Photo Competition! Their photo, “Ngā mihi kia koutou” was taken by Demelza Gilbert at Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park.

And congratulations to the winner of the People's Choice Award - Naumi Auckland Airport Hotel. Photographer Eira Mae R. Manlapig captured a beautiful photo “Entertainment with kid” showing a caring moment between staff and a small guest.

Thank you to everyone who entered photos to the competition this year. We were so encouraged and inspired by the beautiful images showing the diverse ways you show manaakitanga to your guests from all around Aotearoa.

About the TIA 2019 Photo Competition

This is a chance to show off your creativity, generate fantastic exposure for your tourism operation and win some amazing prizes.

Theme - Manaakitanga

This year’s theme is manaakitanga. Translated as showing respect, hospitality, generosity and care for others, manaakitanga plays a key role in Māori society and sums up the act of welcoming and sharing.

How do we as New Zealanders look after our visitors? How do you show Kiwi hospitality? What does manaakitanga look like in your business or community?


There are two awards for the taking – Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice. And bragging rights are absolutely included.

Judge’s Choice

  • Free publicity for the member business – the winning image will be the hero image for TIA promotional material throughout 2019
  • A $250 OfficeMax voucher
  • An HP Sprocket Photo Printer worth $169, courtesy of Noel Leeming

People’s Choice

  • A $250 OfficeMax voucher
  • An HP Sprocket Photo Printer worth $169, courtesy of Noel Leeming

Winners can also choose from:

  • 2 tickets to this year’s New Zealand Tourism Awards Gala dinner OR
  • 4 tickets to a 2019 Discussing Tourism forum in the location of your choice OR
  • 1 ticket to the 2019 Tourism Aotearoa Summit


People’s Choice Award

The best photos received each week will be featured on TIA’s Facebook page each Friday and open to voting by the public. The photo that receives the most ‘likes’ throughout the competition period will be the winner of the People’s Choice Award.

This means that the earlier you submit your photo, the better chance you have of winning more likes. You can encourage your friends, family, co-workers and guests to vote for your photo. Need some tips on how to get engagement on Facebook? We’ve got you covered.

Judge’s Choice Award

The winning Judge’s Choice photo will be selected by our judging panel.

Winners of both Awards will be announced on Friday, 8 March 2019.

Key dates

  • Facebook voting for People's Choice runs until 4pm, Thursday, 7 March
  • Winning photos announced in T-Mail on Friday, 8 March 2019.

Conditions of entry

1. The photos must reflect the theme

2. No photoshopping

3. The photo must be of high resolution, at least 1MB (preferably larger) and we prefer horizontal images

4. The photo must be taken by an owner or employee of the TIA member organisation – no photos taken by professional, third party photographers

5. You must have the permission of any individuals features in the photo to enter it in the TIA Photo Competition, and for it to be used for promotional purposes

6. TIA has the right to use entries in our marketing and PR. Our Strategic Partners may also use the images to promote their services to TIA members


Past winners include

Russ Hodgson Canyonz Ltd

Canyonz, Coromandel by Russ Hodgson


Judges Choice Winner Cathedral Cove Mermaid Te Whanganui A Hei Marine Reserve The Flying Kiwi By Peter May Glass Bottom Boat

Glass Bottom Boat, Cathedral Cove, by Peter May


Adventure Safety Tongariro National Park Malcom ONeill Hiking New Zealand

Hiking New Zealand, Tongariro National Park, by Malcolm O'Neill


Kaitiaki Adventures by Dale Thomas resized

Kaitiaki Adventures, Rotorua, by Dale Thomas