ASFF 2022 - The Slide Show - Photo Comp Submission Form
We are excited to announce New Zealand’s first dedicated surf photography competition ‘The Slide Show’, presented by Canon New Zealand.

Open to both amateur and professional photographers alike, this is an opportunity to showcase your photography skill in video slideshow format, with the core theme of ‘celebrating the art of wave-riding in all its diversity’. Slideshows will be judged on showing the depth of their work and ability to tell a story. Our screening panel will select a handful of the best slideshows to showcase at the ASFF Finale.

Photographers can create a 2-5 minute slideshow, set to music and/or script, that will be judged by our panel prior to the ASFF 2022 finale event. The top slideshows will then be selected to play at the ASFF 2022 Finale event at the Crystal Palace in Auckland April 8th, where one photographer will take away the top prize of a $2,500 Canon Voucher, presented by Canon New Zealand.

Slideshows must be submitted as a 1080p .mov or .mp4 video file via digital download.
Deadline for submission is: March 15th, 2022
Submission is simple, free and digital delivery. Just fill in the form below.

Slideshow Creation
Photographers may use any photos that they have captured, they can be recent or old. This is an opportunity to showcase your photographic craft and journey through slideshow form.
Photographers produce a slideshow using standard video editing software of their choice.
Photographers are free to engage assistance with the creation and editing of their submission, but all photographs must be taken by the photographer only.
Slideshows must be submitted as a 1080p .mov or .mp4 video file via digital download.

Slideshow Music Selection
All music in the slideshow must be royalty free or used with permission from the artist. It is the photographers duty to find and secure valid music for their slideshow.
Multiple music tracks may be used in the final slideshow edit so long as each track is royalty free or used with permission from the artist.
Music libraries such as,, all provide options for royalty free music. Contact artists directly (especially NZ artists) and you might be surprised at their willingness for their track to be used and licensed for artistic purposes.

Our Judging Panel: Craig Levers, Gavin Bisman, Jono Smit, Amber Jones

Our panel of judges are selected to ensure that a range of personalities, preferences and industry experiences are represented in the final judging decision. The panel will be looking at the following criteria:

Technical/Composition - A sharp look at the technical merits of each photographers images including: exposure, focus, use of colour, light and composition. The panel will keep the focus on this category, based on the actual quality of the photography throughout the slideshow.

Originality/Creativity - Based on the soul and emotion of the work. Creative uses of the camera to capture distinctive images, new vantage points or perspectives that provide a fresh look at surfing. The panel will also look at editing style and unique use of the slideshow format.

Storytelling - The panel are looking for slideshows that balance excellent photography with a theme or narrative arc. We want to show us your take on surfing. To develop an incredible story, drawing the viewer into an idea, a concept, plot or worldview. Points will be awarded to well-executed, original, creative and interesting themes and a heavy focus placed on storytelling.

Overall judging for the competition is based on the photographer’s ability to fuse everything together, with a consideration to the story, soundscape, image transitions, flow of the images, order and ability to inspire and wow the crowd. This is a photo competition, but it is really the show that makes it. The panel will consider the whole package, so contestants need to make it count. The decisions of the panel will be final and binding.

- The competition is open only to photographers residing or resident of New Zealand.
- ASFF reserves the right to refuse any entry that is inadequately prepared and/or does not meet the required criteria.
- Copyright – All slideshows submitted for consideration in the ASFF 2022 Photo Competition  remain the sole property of the photographer.
- Slideshows submitted for this competition may be used in promotion of future competitions.

So with all the formalities out of the way, what are you waiting for! Fill out the form below and upload your digital file. We look forward to receiving your entry!

Thank you and good luck.

The ASFF team

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