Upper Clutha Rugby Union - Kate Dowling
There's only two weeks left to send in
entries for the Christchurch Airport photo competition to find the
most scenic rugby field in the South Island. The competition opened
on 4 June, and closes on 19 November.
Christchurch Airport is offering a $10,000 prize for the best
photo, which will be used as part of the lead up to the world's
biggest rugby event next year.
So far entries have been received from all corners of the South
Island, including Karamea, Maniototo, Crowell, Wakatipu and Fox
Glacier. All photos are uploaded onto the Christchurch Airport
website, www.christchurchairport.co.nz/RugbysBEST, and the public
can vote for their favourite photos.
The ten photos with the most votes will be judged later this
month by three experts in rugby, photography and tourism. The
judges are former Rugby All Black captain and Crusaders coach Todd
Blackadder, Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive Kevin Bowler, and
Press Illustrations Editor Richard Cosgrove.
"There are some amazing photos on the site showing the
extraordinary South Island locations for rugby fields," said
Christchurch Airport's General Manager Marketing and Business
Development, Gareth Owen. "The photo competition is a great way to
showcase our fabulous scenery and celebrate our national game at
the same time. We're going to display the best entries at
Christchurch Airport next year, so our visitors can admire them and
be inspired to visit them. "
"The key thing about the photos is that it expresses the essence
of the game, and that it includes some great South Island
landscape," explained Owen.
Each photograph submitted will be in with a chance to win $7000
for their rugby union, $2000 for the featured club, and $1000 for
The winning image will be displayed at the airport in full view
of the world's most committed rugby fans arriving at Christchurch
Airport in September and October 2011.
"Christchurch Airport is part of a Canterbury Committee which is
determined that our region will give visitors the best experience
of New Zealand during this great rugby event," said Owen. "The
rugby field photo competition is just the start of our airport
campaign to celebrate rugby, Canterbury, and the South Island."
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Details on how to enter are on the Christchurch Airport website,