Last season’s winning photo on a Taupō District season licence
Image: DOC


Eager anglers are encouraged to enter photos in the Taupō Fishery annual photo competition – and potentially land a full season licence for the world famous Taupō trout fishery.

Date:  16 April 2024

Each year the Department of Conservation (DOC) Taupō Fishery Management Team calls for photographs capturing the spirit of fishing in the Taupō Fishing District. The lure? Seven Taupō fishing licences to be won, kicking off the new trout fishing season, beginning 1 July, 2024.

DOC Senior Community Ranger James Barnett says the team is looking for photographs to illustrate each of the seven licence categories, including family, senior, and junior licences.

“The overall winning photo is immortalized on the printed season licences, while other winning photos will be used for categories on the website and paper licences.”

The judges are looking for photos reflecting the unique feel and setting of the Taupō fishery.

“Trophy shots are always strong contenders – and submitted every year - but we’re also looking for photos of families and friends enjoying trout fishing, or landscape shots with a fishing theme,” says James.

“Be creative and share what you love about the Taupō fishing experience.”

Entries close midnight, Sunday 19 May 2024.

Up to five photographs can be submitted per person. To enter, email photographs to along with your name, where the photo was taken, and the approximate date it was taken. All photos must have been taken in the Taupō Fishing District.

Further information, including a list of the licence categories and full terms and conditions for the competition, can be found online.


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