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Your legal summer competition

Are you a law student returning to study in 2019? Share your summer with us and win a cash prize!

The University of Otago Legal Issues Centre invites undergraduate Otago law students to share an aspect of their summer in a photo. Your photo should illustrate how the law has impacted on your summer – maybe you’re clerking at a law firm or government department; maybe you’re taking summer school papers; maybe you, your friends, or your whanau, are involved in a legal matter; maybe you’re going to be travelling somewhere that has historic legal importance. You make the link - we want to see your creativity run free!

Entries will be judged on their artistic and/or technical merit and their ability to tell a story about a student’s interaction with the law.

First prize - $250
Second prize - $150
Third prize - $75

Winners will be announced at a function in the first semester of 2019. Winners will have their work framed and hung in the Legal Issues Centre and published on our social media and website.

Enter by emailing your photo to
Please include your name, your student ID number, and a contact phone number in the body of the email.

By entering, you accept the rules of the competition.

Competition rules

1. The competition is organised and funded by the University of Otago Legal Issues Centre (the organiser).
2. The competition opens at 9am on 10 November 2018 and closes at midday on 11 March 2019 (extended deadline). No entries will be accepted outside of these times.
3. Photographs must be taken between 10 November 2018 and 11 March 2019.
4. Entrants must be enrolled in either the LLB or LLB Hons programme, or undertaking study for an LLM or a PhD in Law at Otago University, and studying towards that degree in 2019. Students who are studying abroad on exchange in the first semester of 2019 are eligible to enter.
5. Up to three photographs per person may be entered.
6. The prizes are:
a. First place $250.00
b. Second place $150.00
c. Third place $75.00
7. The organiser may, at its absolute discretion, award fewer than three prizes.
8. Entries must be submitted by email to
The body of the email must include the following:
a. The entrant’s name
b. The entrant’s University of Otago student number
c. A contact phone number
9. Photos taken with phone cameras are acceptable. Entries must be submitted in as large a format as possible so that they can be printed. Images must be free of watermarks.
10. Hard copy entries will not be accepted.
11. Entrants are responsible for submitting their work in the correct format by the competition deadline. The organiser accepts no liability or responsibility for any entries that are not received by the deadline, or that cannot be downloaded or opened. No correspondence in respect of late or defective entries will be entered into.
12. Entrants retain the copyright in their work.
13. All entries must be the original work of the entrant. The organiser reserves the right to ask entrants for evidence that entries are their own work.
14. Winners may be required to provide the original source of their work for enlargement and display purposes.
15. Entrants agree that the organiser may use their entries for the purpose of promoting or celebrating the competition, and for promoting the work of the University of Otago Legal Issues Centre and the Faculty of Law. This will include printing winning entries for display, and publishing entries on social media and websites. Any other use of images will be negotiated with the copyright holder and agreed in writing. The authorship of the entrant will be clearly acknowledged in each case of use.
16. The organiser acknowledges the moral rights provisions of the Copyright Act 1994.
17. It is the entrant’s responsibility to obtain appropriate written permission from any identifiable persons, or persons who own identifiable property. Entrants must provide evidence of that permission to the organiser if requested.
18. If an entry relates to summer employment, it must comply with the terms of the entrant’s employment agreement, including any obligations that may arise under the Lawyers and Conveyancers (Conduct and Client Care) Rules.
19. If an entry relates to summer employment, it must not contain any logos or branding that identify the employer.
20. The organiser may, at its absolute discretion, refuse to accept any entry which it considers may breach the competition rules and no correspondence will be entered into.
21. Entrants fully indemnify the organiser against any claims arising from the display or use of unaltered work.
22. Staff of the organiser and students in receipt of University of Otago Legal Issues Centre Summer Research scholarships are not eligible to enter.
23. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
24. Entrants’ consent to these terms and conditions is given by way of their emailing their entry/entries to the competition.