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The NZAC 2019 Photographic Competitions has been sponsored by the following companies.

A huge thank you to all our sponsors who have donated some fantastic prizes. Scroll down for the prizes your entries may win:

Black Diamond is a company that’s not just for rock climbers and skiers, but one that stands for the spirit of the sports we live, their values and goals, past, present and future. Since 1957, our innovative gear designs have set the standard in numerous areas. This is partly the result of dedication, desire and diligence on the part of an incredible team of people. It’s also a product of the fact that each of us are climbers and skiers ourselves. Because of this, the creation of Black Diamond is a process that will never end.


We are committed to bringing you great New Zealand books full of stories, ideas and images that speak strongly about what makes our country special. 100% New Zealand owned, Potton & Burton is this country’s largest independent publisher.


Therm-a-Rest – The leaders in camp-comfort innovation. Rest better. Play better.

We are a small, friendly family-run company based in Lake Tekapo, New Zealand, specializing in guided outdoor adventures throughout New Zealand’s Southern Alps. This includes alpine trekking and hiking, climbing courses and guided ascents, ski touring and snowshoeing trips. Our professional and enthusiastic team will create a custom itinerary to suit you – plan your next trip with us!

To some, we’ve been part of your lives for decades – since the Grateful Dead played our opening night in ‘66 or Scot Schmidt transported us into the era of extreme skiing in the 80’s. For others, we’ve only just met. To all, new and old, novice and expert, we believe we are more than a collection of fabrics and zippers. We are a global movement that celebrates, encourages and enables exploration. We know it is more than putting one foot in front of the other. Exploration transforms the soul. It is social, creative and intellectual. It happens on the rock or the street. We exist to inspire you to explore.

Gear for the creative, and the adventurous. Peak Design is a San Francisco-based designer and manufacturer of innovative, beautifully crafted, best-in-category bags and photographic accessories. A member of 1% for the Planet and The Conservation Alliance, a key part of Peak Design’s ethos is to inspire positive environmental change whilst supporting environmental non-profits. Their products are best-in-category, made to the highest possible standard and guaranteed for life!



Thanks to the above sponsors for providing these fantastic prizes, more prizes are still to come:




Youth Section Champion will receive $1000 scholarship for an Alpine Recreation climbing course or this value can be credited towards any other Alpine Recreation activity. The winner may join any course that is running up until 31st December 2020.

The Great Unknown: Mountain Journeys In The Souther Alps by Geoff Spearpoint

Geoff Spearpoint is a legend among New Zealand’s tramping and mountaineering community. For over 50 years he has been undertaking many long, adventurous trips in the Southern Alps every
year, decade after decade. These trips, usually a mix of both tramping and mountaineering, have made Spearpoint New Zealand’s foremost exponent of what is best described as trans-alpine
tramping. In The Great Unknown he collects together accounts of his favourite trips and clusters them together in 15 geographically focused chapters, ranging from Kahurangi in the north to Fiordland in the south. Illustrated with his stunning photography, and with maps from Geographx, this will be a completely unique book that trampers and mountaineers will cherish, for it explores an important element of New Zealand tramping that goes to the heart of how we define our relationship with the backcountry.

Due to the books release date, this will be distributed to winners in October 2019

Black Diamond Speed 55

Our time-tested on-route alpine pack for light, alpine-style ascents on rock, snow or ice, the Speed 50 is streamlined, strippable and designed to move with you. Our tried-and-true on-route alpine pack, proven everywhere from the Canadian Rockies to the Fitz Roy massif, the Black Diamond Speed is designed for lightweight performance on rock, snow and ice objectives the world over. Fully strippable with a removable waistbelt, lid and framesheet, the Speed is comfortable on the approach and streamlined on the route. Ice tool PickPockets, snag-free crampon straps and a tuck-away rope strap secure gear to the outside, while the drawcord skirt provides easy access and keeps out spindrift and light precip.


Peak Design Dufflepack 65L

A monster gear hauler, the Travel Duffelpack 65L maximizes your carry capacity without compromising comfort or versatility. Ergonomic padded backpack-style shoulder and waist straps support the heaviest of loads, yet stow instantly beneath magnetically-sealed back panels. Burly side grab handles give quick carrying options. Integrated expansion zips offer a massive 20L of payload expansion (45 min to 65L max). Weatherproof internally-padded nylon canvas offers superior protection and maintains it’s structure for easy loading/unloading. A single burly #10 weatherproof zip runs the length of the bag giving you big, beautiful access.


The North Face Ventrix LT Fleece Hybrid Jacket

Our Ventrix™ LT Fleece Hybrid Jacket is built on new and improved Ventrix™ dynamic-venting insulation, now in a lighter 60 g weight, then pairs that with smooth-face fleece to create the perfect insulator. Balancing warmth and breathability so you can keep moving when the temperature drops during big, on-the-go days.

Black Diamond Crag 40

A sleek, 40-liter climbing pack that does it all and does it well, the Crag 40 is a top-loader inspired pack that also zips wide open like a duffel for easy access to your gear, making it the essential, go-to cragging pack.


The North Face Thermoball Hoodie

Whatever adventure you’ve got planned in the bush or the backcountry, the Thermoball Hoodie is the perfect companion. This durable and highly packable hoodie features a bottleneck quilting pattern and ultralight ThermoBall™ insulation for an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio and fewer cold spots.

Therm-a-Rest Parsec Sleeping Bag

Push further and move faster with the all-new Parsec sleeping bag, bred for alpine starts and ultralight bivys. 800 Fill Nikwax Hydrophobic Down: Lightweight fill stays dry and retains loft up to 60 times longer than untreated down. Absorbs 90% less water and dries 3 times faster without using dangerous PFCs. ThermaCapture Lining: Top of bag is lined to trap radiant body heat and retain warmth without adding bulk or weight. SynergyLink connectors: Integrates the bag and mattress for optimal comfort and efficiency; removable for versatility. Zoned Insulation: Maximizes warmth and saves weight.
Quilt and Blanket Loops: Customize your sleep system by layering our quilts or tech blankets for increased warmth. Toe-asis Foot Warmer Pocket: Ergonomic toe box rapidly warms cold feet.

Therm-a-Rest Neoair Xtherm

More warmth per gram than any other air mattress in the world. The XTherm air mattress delivers the greatest warmth-to-weight ratio available in any air mattress by far, with a softer, textured no-slip fabric for better next-to-skin comfort and a quieter rest. Multiple, reflective ThermaCapture layers give the XTherm air mattress true four-season warmth without the weight or bulk usually found in a winter-worthy mattress. Stuff sack and repair kit included.

Black Diamond Storm 375

The new Storm375 is still the burly, fully-sealed waterproof and dustproof headlamp built for rugged adventures, only now it’s brighter, easier to use, and housed in a more compact body. Featuring a more compact design, updated user interface, and a multi-faceted optical lens design that saves battery life and provides 375 lumens of powerful light, the Storm375 is ready for any mountain mission

Peak Design Capture Clip

The all-new Capture is the most secure, convenient, accessible way to carry your camera, period. Unlike a camera strap, Capture keeps your camera rigidly stable while hiking, biking, or moving around the studio. Unlike a camera bag, Capture keeps your camera instantly accessible with the click of a button.

Black Diamond Trail Pro Trekking Poles

Combining the adjustment ease and security of our redesigned FlickLock Pro with the quick deployment and easy collapsibility of our new SmashLock technology, the Trail Pro offers reliable performance on day hikes or in the mountains.



The North Face Half Dome Hoodie

For your around town, down-days – stay comfortable and warm as you await the next adventure.



Black Diamond Alpine FLZ Trekking Poles

Durable, packable and highly versatile, the Alpine FLZ Pole is now improved with our new SlideLock adjustable technology, making it easier to use. We’ve also increased joint support, making the pole stiffer. Adjust the FlickLock® Pro system for a perfect fit and transition from summer hikes to winter ski tours by simply swapping the baskets.


The North Face Salty Dog Beanie

Dockworker-style, jersey-lined beanie for hiding helmet hair.

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