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"A Day in the Life" photo competition

Taking our cue from the book "A Day In The Life of America", in which 200 international photojournalists were sent throughout the USA on 2 May, 1986, to photograph ordinary people going about their daily life, we want residents of Wellington and Sakai to take photos of their daily life - all on the same day (30 July). The resulting photo exhibition will be a fascinating comparative snapshot of the people, culture, fashion and lifestyle of the wide variety of people that make up the population of our sister cities.

Our aim is to promote our respective cities to each other, to strengthen our bonds and create awareness of our similarities as well as our unique differences, to foster intercultural interest and und...erstanding. This project aims to involve the wider community which will in turn promote the associations and increase membership.

The competition is intended to be open to all photographers - amateur and professional alike. Finalists will be exhibited as part of Japan Festival Week which runs from 18 November and will be invited to a formal opening event hosted by the Wellington Mayor where the winner will be announced - the overall winner will recieve $1000 to put towards photography related goods/supplies.

What is this competition? We are looking for photos that show "daily life" in Wellington! The only criteria is that it must be taken in Wellington, and on 30 July (midnight to midnight!). Rain or shine! Citizens of our sister city in Sakai, Osaka will be taking photos of their daily life on the same day. Finalists photos will be exhibited in November 2016 as part of the bi-annual Wellington Japan Festival.

The "day in the life... of Wellington" will kick of with an optional breakfast at 7:30am to get the creative juices flowing and to discuss the type of photographs and the overall premise of the competition. Cost is $10, or free for Wellington Sakai Association members (see more about membership at Venue is the CQ Hotel, places for breakfast are limited to register with fast to express your interest. There is no other cost to participate in the competition.

Entries (maximum of 5 (five) photos per individual) should be submitted to, by 5pm 6 August along with your contact details and identifying the location and title of each photo.

Additional terms and conditions:

Photograph entries that include people will need to obtain permission from their subjects and minors should not be photographed without parent/guardian permission. (While bearing in mind that it is generally lawful to take photographs of people in public places without their consent).

Wellington Sakai Association reserves the right to use all submitted photos in future promotional material and for display during the Wellington Japan Festival.

Photos will be enlarged to 8” x 12” for display at the Wellington Japan Festival. As such, to ensure the quality of enlarged prints submitted photos should be the largest file size possible.

By entering this competition, entrants agree to the use of their names, photographs and likeness for promotional/advertising purposes, and agree to make themselves reasonably available for this purpose.

Wellington is defined as as far north as the top of Tawa and up to but not including Petone.