Conditions of Entry



  • This competition is only open to amateur and semi-professional sewists (income less than $10,000 p/a from sewing) If sewing is your main source of income you are ineligible to enter.
  • This event may be filmed and/or photographed. By entering you/your model gives consent for these images to be televised and/or used for publicity relating to future Bernina Northland Fashion Awards events.
  • Competitors under the age of 13 years must be supervised by an adult backstage.
  • If you win 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in any category, the sponsors of that category have the right to use and/or display your garment until the end of 1 year, at which point you will be contacted to retrieve the garment. Non-retrieval after 3 months of being notified will result in the garment being disposed of by the sponsor
  • The non-refundable entry fee is $20 per entry for 20 years of age and under as @ closing date of entries / $30 per entry for over 20 years of age and is to be paid at the time the entry is lodged.
  • All entry forms and fees must be received by Friday 10th September 2021
  • Prizes are subject to change depending on the number of entries received
  • Garments that have been entered into other competitions or previous Bernina Northland Fashion Awards cannot be re-entered
  • You cannot enter the same garment into more than one category
  • If you have more than one garment you are required to have a different model for each garment.
  • You must provide your own model/models
  • Organisers reserve the right to re-categorise a garment or to omit it from the event
  • Organisers reserve the right to combine categories or to omit categories if there are 3 or fewer entries into any category
  • Organisers reserve the right to split categories if entry numbers within a category are 15 or greater
  • The judges’ decision is final
  • The event day is Saturday 25th September 2021 at The Whangarei Club, Rust Ave, Whangarei, with 2 sessions being held. You and your model are required to sign in together between 10am and 11 am. You will be expected to be available to organisers after signing in until the end of the evening event. Groups are expected to sign in together as one party.
  • You and your model are expected to take part in a full-dress rehearsal at a time and date to be advised at pre-judging.
  • Correct contact details are essential including email and cell phone so organisers can contact you with further details including the pre-judging schedule


  • All entries are required to be modelled for prejudging.
  • Pre-judging will be held on Saturday 18th September 2021.
  • The venue for pre-judging is People Potential, Keyte Street, Whangarei
  • All entries must be fully finished and modelled as they will be shown on the catwalk during the event including accessories, hair and makeup.
  • Professional still photography will be taken at pre-judging
  • Judging criteria for each category is published with the category description. Judges are also looking for garments that are expertly constructed and show you have an eye for great design. Judges may offer feedback at the time of pre-judging.
  • You may need to leave your garment overnight on pre-judging weekend to allow judges the opportunity to inspect it off the model. After inspection, all garments need to be taken home.
  • The pre-judging schedule for time / day of each category will be announced after all entries have been received. This is communicated by email using the details provided on the entry form
  • The pre-judging schedule is always flexible so if you cannot take part at the allocated time please let organisers know by return email as soon as possible so arrangements can be made

Photography and other Recordings

  • Personal photography is not permitted at the event
  • Professional photography is taken while garments are on the catwalk and are then available for purchase from the photographer after the event
  • Photos taken at pre-judging are for judging purposes only and are not for sale later
  • The event may be recorded on DVD, which will then be available for purchase after the event

The awards are made possible thanks to the help of these amazing sponsors.