ECHO Walking Festival

2022 Photo Competition

Each year we encourage walkers to take their phones or cameras with them and capture the beauty of the bush, the people participating and the spirit of ECHO.


Must be a registered walker; no more than 5 entries per person; fun not a professional photographer.

ECHO Walking Festival judges winner and second place.

This year there is a People's Choice option to vote for a favourite photo(s) taken. These photos will be on the Echo Walking Festival Facebook page to vote on.

ECHO Walking Festival has the right to publish any photo submissions for promotional use on the ECHO Walking Festival website and any other advertising material.   

Competition Entry

Please email photos 'no more than 5 entries per person' for the photo competition to [email protected] with your name and the name of the walk you were on by 30th April 2022.


First prize $100, second prize $50 and people's choice $50. Remember your phone or camera and get snapping.

For quality, please send your originals or at a good resolution.

2022 Winning Photos

Mayor Island

Category: 2022 First place
Title: Mayor Island
Name: Phillipa Skellern

Papakura Shipwreck Bay

Category: 2022 Second Place
Title: Papakura Shipwreck Bay
Name: Vic Geck

Mount Karangahake Summit Walk

Category: 2022 People's Choice
Title: Mount Karangahake Summit Walk
Name: Sandi Hewlett

Dubbo 96 Track Loop Walk

Category: 2022 Highly commended
Title: Dubbo 96 Track Loop Walk
Name: Ali Van Der Hayden

Butlers Track

Category: 2022 Highly commended
Title: Butlers Track
Name: Ann Vukijevich

Photo Competition

Competition Results

Congratulations to our 2022 photo competition winners, the photos are now on display.


COVID-19 Information

  • The festival is Fully Operational in RED.
  • Vaccine passes are required.
  • Please register for all walks.

Regarding the removal of the Vaccine Pass Mandate by the NZ Government on 4th April 2022, The ECHO Walking Festival organising committee has given the matter careful consideration and has decided to continue our requirement for Vaccine Passes on our walks this year. The reasons are as follows:

  • We are aware of a number of at-risk walkers who have already registered for walks based on the original criteria.
  • Some of our guides are in the at-risk category.
  • While we understand our walks are in the outside environment, we are required to stay close together and often on narrow tracks. It is impossible to social distance in these settings and mask-wearing is not practical due to the exertion required on walks.

We know this will be disappointing to many and we ask for your continued understanding as we look forward to a time where everyone can come along and enjoy our walks.