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Christchurch Photo Hunt 2013

The Christchurch Photo Hunt 2013 was themed Reconnect Christchurch. We received a range of fascinating images and they can all be viewed on the Christchurch Photo Hunt 2013 page.

View the winning entries on Kete Christchurch. Thank you to all those who entered for sharing your photographs and memories.

Photo of Father Christmas at 4 Square

Overall winner: Father Christmas at 4 Square

Diane Rolton is the overall winner and the winner of the Places category. The prize is an Asus MeMO Pad.

Family with Father Christmas. Faith Sumner and children. Four Square shop on the corner of Milton and Selwyn Streets. circa 1952.

Judge’s comments

The photo wonderfully illustrates things that seemed not important at the time which now tell us about life in the 1950s. Wonderful details of the children’s clothes, the shop decorated for Christmas, free grocery delivery.


Photo of Millers Department Store, Tuam StreetMillers Department Store, Tuam Street. 1953 Diane Rolton

´╗┐Taken at the time of the Queen’s visit in 1953. They show the buildings decorated to celebrate this event. 1953.

Judge’s comments

Great composition, dramatic night shot capturing the excitement surrounding the Queen’s visit, when going to town was very glamorous. The cars and the decorations are fabulous, imagine strolling under those lights. This magic has disappeared from Christchurch today.


Andrea McHarg is the winner of the People category. The prize is a Kobo Vox e–reader.

Photo of The "violin man" who regularly busked outside the ANZ Bank on Colombo Street.The violin man who regularly busked outside the ANZ bank on Colombo Street Andrea McHarg

Judge’s comments

Well observed and totally relaxed photo of a street scene in the CBD. The people are going about their ordinary business unaware of being photographed. Well composed photo for a candid shot.

Highly commended

Dave Reynolds is the winner of the Highly Commended Prize for a series of family photos which captured the judges’ attention. The prize is a Kobo Vox e–reader.

Photo of Grandfather pushing grandson in the family go-kart Photo of Watching TV after a family tea Photo of Family barbecue Photo of Family go-kart Photo of Summer day at Pines Beach Photo of The new Christmas bike Photo of Family picnic at Pines Beach Photo of Christmas Day 1975 Photo of Family birthday Photo of mini-golf at Spencer Park Photo of Snowfall on Riccarton Road Photo of View from Lyttelton Overbridge

Judge’s comments

The images give us a real sense of how the family lived their life. It was interesting to see what events were chosen as important moments, holidays, snow, learning to ride a bike, the simple pleasures of sharing a meal or a BBQ and family interactions in their lounge.

Highly commended

Julia Thomas is the winner of the Highly Commended Prize for her special study of waiting for the milkman. The prize is a Kobo Vox e–reader.

This boarding house stood on the corner of Worcester and Barbadoes Streets.

Photo of 208 Worcester Street Photo of Waiting for the milkman Photo of Milk bottles and payment Photo of Plinth at 208 Worcester Street

Judge’s comments

This collection takes us into the experience of walking past the house and observing the lost ritual of putting the milk bottles out for the milkman.

Judges’ biographical notes

Bridgit Anderson is a contributing photographer and project manager of exhibitions. Since 2004 she has been responsible for devising and implementing Place in Time’s highly successful educational programmes. As a documentary and portrait photographer, she has held a number of tertiary teaching positions at institutions both in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom. She is currently a visiting lecturer at the University of Canterbury.

Zoe Roland works for the New Zealand Historic Places Trust in Christchurch where her role entails developing projects which engender an appreciation of built heritage. Zoe has made social history documentaries for film festivals, radio and cultural institutions. Capturing good yarns and sincere insights make her day. She has recently completed an online story and image project called High Street Stories.

About the 2013 Photo Hunt

In the 2013 Christchurch Photo Hunt people shared photos of 20th century Christchurch and helped build a photographic archive.

The categories were:

View the Photo Hunt entries. The competition closed on Friday 29 November 2013 5pm.

Previous Photo Hunts