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Hunt begins for Canterbury's heritage photos

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

London to Christchurch Air Race, 1953. Kete Christchurch. Antill IMG_0001. CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 NZ

Hunt begins for Canterbury's heritage photos

Cantabrians are being asked to dust off their family photo albums and do their bit to preserve the region’s heritage by supporting this year's Beca Heritage Week theme, Arrivals and Departures – The Journeys That Have Shaped Us.

Christchurch City Libraries' annual Photo Hunt is an opportunity for Cantabrians to reconnect to their past and preserve their photographic treasures for future generations to enjoy.

As well as helping to boost important historical records, all entrants go into the draw to win either a tablet or a Kobo eReader.

“Everyday photos of people’s families, friends, places and events may seem ordinary enough when taken. But in time, these images form an amazing visual record of the changing face of Christchurch, helping us all understand where we’ve come from as a city,” says Christchurch City Libraries Content Manager Anne Anderson.

Images will be carefully scanned and returned, and then uploaded for viewing online at Kete Christchurch:

Entries are open from Thursday 1 October until 5pm 31 October, and can be submitted at any Christchurch city library or online at

Winners will be announced 27 November 2015.

Christchurch City Libraries' Photo Hunt is part of Beca Heritage Week, which returns from 9 to 26 October in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula. A wide variety of free events are on offer, including family fun days, talks, walks, exhibitions, open days, tours and much more.

Photo Hunt categories

• People – families, cultural and social events

• Places – buildings, suburbs and the city.

Judges’ bios

Bridgit Anderson is a contributing photographer and project manager of exhibitions. Since 2004, she has been responsible for devising and implementing a number of highly successful educational programmes for Place in Time, a Christchurch documentary project. 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.

Rosemary Baird works for Heritage New Zealand in Christchurch, where she develops events and outreach publications that promote an appreciation of built heritage. Rosemary has a doctorate in oral history and has worked on a range of oral history projects. She loves recording and archiving New Zealanders' stories and photos. Her current oral history interests are memories of lost Christchurch and the construction of the Manapouri hydro scheme.

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