Festival Zone

 Welcome to Festival Zone for February 2012. We wish you all a enjoyable Waitangi Day and weekend. Don't forget the enjoyment of taking photographs this holiday weekend and all through February. Help create a themed online exhibition for thousands of Aucklanders to enjoy looking at in the coming months. Build your own cultural identity with photography. It's free to participate. See more below.

Maori theme - Auckland Photo Blog - February  

 BryanLayYee; WaitangiDayVigil; Mangere Mountain

Waitangi Day Vigil, Mangere Mountain 2011 by Bryan Lay Yee

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Auckland Festival of Photography Trust is inviting photographers and members of the public to show your interpretation of our Maori theme throughout February - the month when the country celebrates Waitangi Day.  Auckland region has a rich Maori culture and many Marae and public parks will host Waitangi Day celebrations. Photo's must be taken in Auckland region and your entries can be exisiting photo's from previous month's or new ones taken in February. We want to see a great online exhibition of all people and places Maori. Opens 1st February, a prize for the selected February 2012 Photo of The Month will be a $50 Real Groovy voucher. For inspiration see our previous community themes for Diwali, Lantern, Pasifika.


Festival intern 

Great news is we have a new intern joining us from the Boston University Study Abroad programme! Our 2012 Festival intern is Anne Mello who will be joining us at the office in Parnell from 1st March. Anne is a international student who we look forward to working with us during the 2012 Festival season.


Other news

McNamara Gallery in Whanganui opens with John Daley at 5.30 pm Friday 3rd February. Until 24th February see Thirteen: New Zealand Writers, 1992

Witi Ihimaera, Maurice Gee, Margaret Mahy, Albert Wendt, Owen Marshall, Patricia Grace, Brian Boyd, Keri Hume, Maurice Shadbolt, Lauris Edmond, Marilyn Duckworth, Bill Manhire, Janet Frame

John Daley [b.1946] decided at thirteen that he wanted to spend his life taking photographs. Of his experience in photographing thirteen New Zealand writers above, he says: "Writers seem generally to be great homebodies, reluctant to venture forth from their own territory to be photographed however much travelling they might do inside their heads. They don't appear to place any great importance on the environment in which they are seen, compared with other kinds of people I have photographed. This special reserve makes them difficult subjects - they live by their words and their visions of life are largely private. They don't see themselves as being externalised in real settings, perhaps because they are so used to conjuring up the whole scene themselves."


Binh Trinh (Ph.D) - 2011 International Black and White Photographer of the Year....... if you are in the mood to nude up, award winning photographer Binh Trinh is looking for volunteers for a mass nude photoshoot in Auckland on the 12th of Feb . Sign up on his facebook link...Mass Nude Shoot in Auckland - timing Sunday 12 February at 9am. See more about Binh here. His work can be described as epic and breathtaking.


Asia Pacific Photoforum

Our Asia Pacific Photoforum partner FotoFreo in Western Australia is kicking off on 17 March - places in the FotoFreo Magnum Workshops, with Magnum photographers, Antoine D'AgataTrent Parke and Donovan Wylie as workshop leaders, are filling and if you are considering coming to FotoFreo for that event we urge you to make your booking now. Applications close on the 6th of February. See workshop costs and book by clicking here.


FotoFreo is also pleased to announce that a book and exhibition entitled No Worries  by Martin Parr about the recently completed photographic project undertaken by Martin in Western Australia for FotoFreo will be published and an exhibition No Worries: Martin Parr will be held at the WA Maritime Museum on Victoria Quay. Martin will be in attendance during the Festival.


And FotoFreo still need volunteers. To volunteer click here. For those who have already signed up we are now planning the Orientation Day for Sunday the 12th of February.


Newly announced by the Queensland Festival of Photography  is a new Portrait Prize see here.

Subscriber Prize Draw sponsored by D Photo & Apix

Each month til end of 2012 Festival, one lucky subscriber to Festival Zone will be selected to win a free subscription to the D Photo Magazine worth $39.95 and plus a mystery product prize to the value of $50 from Apix each month.  Tell your friends, family and networks to subscribe to Festival Zone to be in to win this month. See here to subscribe. January's lucky winner was Barbara Hunt.

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