Top Outdoor Spot competition
The popular school Top Outdoor Spot competition is returning for 2017.
Running throughout term 1 and at the start of term 2, the competition encourages New Zealand school children to send in a photo or drawing of their favourite outdoor spot and a short description about what makes it special for the chance to win.
The students who send in the "Best Photo", “Best Drawing” and "Best Description" will each win prize packs for themselves and prizes for their schools.
All photos, drawings and descriptions sent in between 30 January 2017 and the end of the day on 7 May 2017 will be in to win.
Who can enter?
Any student enrolled in a New Zealand school is eligible to win the Top Outdoor Spot competition.
While this competition and the Both Sides of the Fence website is targeted at years 4-8, teachers may wish to use the site with younger or older students.
How to enter
Use the ' Share Your Story' form on this website to submit a photo or drawing, along with a short description of your favourite outdoor spot.
For privacy reasons, please ensure you have permission of any people featured in your photograph.
Descriptions can be written as photo captions, poems, short stories or any other way you choose. Descriptions are limited to 600 characters in length.
Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place in the “Best photo”, “Best drawing” and “Best description” categories.
To be eligible to win, entries must be submitted to the site between 30 January and the end of the day on 7 May 2017.
The winners of each category will receive a Macpac Kahuna backpack, Skellerup Red Band gumboots, and a copy of In the Bush from Potton & Burton.
Each winner will also receive a safety whistle and pack liner sponsored by Mountain Safety Council, in addition to a Therm-a-Rest insulated mattress (best photo), MSR Cook System (best description), or Platypus Hydration System (best drawing) for each category winner.
Their schools will each win a Packabench mobile seating system from Packaworld International, a copy of Tramping in New Zealand from Potton & Burton, and a Cancer Society of New Zealand 1L bottle of sunscreen.
Second place in each category will win a Macpac Burst head torch, a copy of In the Bush from Potton & Burton, and a Mountain Safety Council pack liner and safety whistle. Their schools will each win a copy of Tramping in New Zealand.
Third place in each category will win a copy of In the Bush from Potton & Burton, and a Mountain Safety Council pack liner and safety whistle. Their schools will each win a copy of Tramping in New Zealand.
For teachers: incorporating the competition into classroom lessons
Access to the outdoors has long been a part of the New Zealand way of life, and many students will have enjoyed time with friends and family at beaches, rivers, farms, camping grounds and other outdoor spots during the holiday period.
The annual Top Outdoor Spot competition is a great way to encourage students to think about somewhere that is special to them and to submit a contribution to the gallery featuring a photo or drawing and short descriptive paragraph.
For more information about the Both Sides of the Fence website and information about the New Zealand curriculum learning areas it supports, visit the Teachers' Space.
2017 Competition supporters
- Skellerup: prize sponsor
- Packaworld International: prize sponsor
- Potton & Burton: prize sponsor
- New Zealand Mountain Safety Council: prize sponsor
- Macpac: prize sponsor
- New Zealand Cancer Society: prize sponsor