The New Zealand Landscape Salon celebrates authentic New Zealand landscape photography

Entries Closed for 2024

Entries Close: 11:59pm, Monday 3 June 2024

Awards Evening: 7:30pm, Wednesday 7 August 2024

2024 Salon Catalogue Update:

Orders for The 2024 NZ Landscape Salon Catalogue have now closed.

Formerly known as The Laurie Thomas Landscape Salon, this long-running competition boasts a rich legacy spanning 27 years of success. However, in the spirit of growth and evolution, it's time for a refresh.  While the name Laurie Thomas Salon holds immediate recognition among PSNZ members, it may not resonate as strongly with other passionate New Zealand landscape photographers.  So the Salon's organisers, members from the Christchurch Photographic Society, have decided to re-launch the salon, instituting changes over the next two years.

The first step is a name change. The competition will now be known as the New Zealand Landscape Salon and the premium award will be the Laurie Thomas Trophy.  As tradition dictates, the winner shall be awarded, and will keep, this distinctive sculptural trophy.

The A5 printed catalogue which every participant has previously received has started to look a little dated. Consequently, we will now offer a high-quality printed book which will be available to purchase, separate from the entry fee. The decision to forgo the printed brochure has enabled a significant reduction in the entry fee.

The judging teams, comprising assessors from either the North and South Island, alternate annually. This year's team will be from the North and will be led by Annette Johnston FPSNZ. Further details will be announced in due course.

So if your camera has accompanied you in your “Adventures in Aotearoa” please join us in a celebration of our wonderful landscape by participating in the New Zealand Landscape Salon. Entries will be open from the 1st May to 2nd June 2024.


The New Zealand Landscape Salon has adopted the PSNZ definition for Landscape Photography

Photographs which capture a sense of 'space' and 'place' and tell a story of the scene before the camera. A landscape may combine elements such as land, sea, bodies of water and sky and may include human elements for scale and context but not to the extent that the human element becomes the prominent element.


Summary of Competition Rules

  • The integrity of the landscape at the time of capture must be maintained. The making of physical changes to the landscape such as the introduction of new elements either from photographic sources or digital painting e.g. adding in, removing or replacing: skies, foregrounds, birds, mists, sun, moon, sun rays or the deletion of significant objects is NOT permitted.
  • Minor deletions of transient items eg, a leaf or stone or dust spot or litter, etc are permitted if they do not impact on the integrity of the scene.
  • Minor digital adjustments including dodging and burning, changes to tone and contrast, and limited cropping are allowed.
  • Entries must have been photographed within New Zealand.
  • The entry must be 100% photographic in origin.  No element of the entry can be computer-generated including any element created by Artificial Intelligence (AI).
  • Composite images are not permitted.
  • Images must be submitted digitally via the website.  Images are to be uploaded in jpeg format, sRGB colour space, maximum resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels.  Images in a horizontal format must be at least 3000 pixels in the longest dimension. Photos scanned from transparency are acceptable. Limited cropping is allowed, but the native resolution of the image must still be at least 3000 pixels on the longest edge (horizontal format) and 2160 pixels (square and vertical format).
  • High Dynamic Range, stitched panoramas/mosaic, and focus stacking techniques are permitted.

Entrants must read the full set of Rules before entering the competition.  The full set of Rules are provided here.


How to Enter

There are just three simple steps to enter the 2024 NZ Landscape Salon. 

1. Login to your Visual Pursuits account (if you've entered the competition previously) or Create a New Account.

2. Pay the competition entry fee via PayPal.

3. Upload your Entries to the Competition.

You'll find a helpful guide to completing each step under the NZLS Support section of the navigation menu at the top of this page.


Entry Fee

Payment of the competition entry fee, using the PayPal platform, is required before entries can be uploaded.

The entry fee is $28 NZD and includes up to 4 digital entries.

Meet the Judges


Annette Johnston, FPSNZ

A self-educated photographer, with 11 years behind the lens, I am deeply curious about most things photographic. I enjoy exploring a myriad of genre including travel, landscapes, wildlife, sports, portraits, street photography, composites, and impressionism. Recently, I have been intrigued with the notion that my imagery can have a voice beyond the obvious.  I now spend a great deal of time, exploring ideas and thoughts within conceptualised images, and have begun writing short essays and poems to bring added layers to my photographic work.


Paul Byrne, FPSNZ

Following my early retirement, my wife Pam and I spent time travelling. In 2003 we came to New Zealand and subsequently migrated here in 2004. Tauranga is now home. 

I would describe my photographic journey as the hobby which kept me sane during two exceedingly demanding, yet vastly different careers. While my photographic interests centre around portraiture, documentary and street photography, I have developed a wide knowledge of most photographic genre and I am still learning.

I obtained my PSNZ Fellowship in 2018 and have been a PSNZ accredited judge since 2012. After a period on the Judge Accreditation Panel, which I joined in 2020,  I am currently a serving member of the PSNZ Honours Board.


Lynda Mowat, LPSNZ

Photography was initially a tool for me to continue the recording of family events, but the desire to take better photos, particularly of my son’s sport and action on the rugby field, soon saw this hobby grow into a passion. Then, when my boys left home, our own dogs were the catalyst for my enduring love of pet photography, and all things furry or feathered. 

Each genre has its own set of challenges, and within them all,  I strive to capture the emotion behind what we see, in an attempt to give viewers the best possible experience.

Nature, and all its inhabitants, continues to provide me with a never ending supply of models, materials and interesting items to capture.

I achieved my LPSNZ in 2020 and have recently been appointed as a PSNZ accredited judge.


What will the Judges be looking for?

The directive to the judging panel underscores a desire to honour photography that encapsulates an authentic sense of place. While we are open to a creative approach to this goal, we would like to encourage pure photography skills.


The Laurie Thomas Trophy will be presented to the winner of the 2024 New Zealand Landscape Salon.

For the history of the competition and to see previous years competition results view here

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