A photo competition with a twist

Visiting Sport Bay of Plenty’s Gem Sites around the region this summer and taking photos could win you some great prizes. Supplied photo.


These school holidays, Sport Bay of Plenty’s Virtually on Track is holding a summer photo competition – with a twist.

Using the free smartphone app Magisto, users are encouraged to create a short clip of their summer adventures using photos and video taken in one of Sport BOP’s Gem Sites.

These include The Redwoods, Waihi Beach, Papamoa Hills Regional Park, Ohope Beach and surrounds, TECT All-Terrain Park and more.

“We like to try different technology and new apps to encourage people to get out and about in our Gem Sites,” says Sport BOP communications advisor Laura Weaser. “Magisto was brought to our attention, and we’re pretty keen to give it a go.”

The Magisto app is free to download, and allows users to create slideshows of the photos you take, complete with music, animations, and stickers.

Once you make a slideshow or clip of your adventure at one of the Gem Sites, send it to admin@sportbop.co.nz to go in the draw to win.

Prizes include two child passes for Waimarino Adventure Park and spot prizes of 20 per cent discount off a scenic Lake McLaren kayak tour or evening glow worm kayak tour; six complimentary climbing sessions for The Wall Indoor Climbing Rotorua; two family passes for a day or night walk at Redwoods Treewalk; and four vouchers for surfing lessons from Salt Spray Surf School.

Magisto themselves have come on board to support the venture, and are offering four professional packages (for one year) to some of the lucky winners.

“This will give them the ability to add titles to the movies, more editing styles and music and they could edit their movie, and change and replace scenes,” says Laura.

Entries are open from Monday December 18 to Sunday February 4, with winners announced mid-February.

For full details, a list of Gem Sites and instructions on how to get involved, visit www.virtuallyontrack.co.nz/magistomoment


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