Festival Zone

Welcome to Festival Zone for April 2014. We are delighted to announce the new expansive Festival programme for 2014 is now published.

Festival Cover 2014

Auckland Festival of Photography 2014 across Auckland region

11th Auckland Festival of Photography

This June marks the 11th annual Auckland Festival of Photography, the largest visual arts event in the Auckland Region and in New Zealand. We are delighted to announce alongside our Signature programme of prominent national and international talent and the open access Fringe programme is a suite of exhibitions exploring Memory within the 6 Silos in the newly developed Wynyard Quarter and other venues across Auckland city. Included in the Memory theme is Israeli Ayala Gazit’s photographic exploration of the traces of her deceased brother, video performances by Japanese artist Tatsumi Orimoto and his mother with Alzheimer’s and the Annual Commission by Sacred Hill features the re-presentation of historical images of Pacific Islanders by our 2014 commissioned photographer Tanu Gago. 

The 2014 Talking Culture Symposium (Sat 31st May) in the Auckland Art Gallery auditorium explores indigenous cultural memory with speakers Ans Westra, Qiane Matata-Sipu, Aboriginal photographer Wayne Quilliam and National Geographic Photographic Fellow Chris Rainier. Other Memory highlights include a 40 year retrospective exhibition of Photoforum, Rob Gilhooly’s documentation of the objects left behind in Japan's “Suicide Forest” and Bronek Kozka’s landscapes from Auschwitz. 

Signature exhibitions have some excellent group shows, highlights include McNamara Gallery Photography Exhibition, Flora Photographica Aotearoa, Matakana group, Mata Waka and NZIPP Iris Awards 2013. The annual winter Festival is a highlight of the Auckland event calendar and draws a large regionwide audience and international visitors. Festival programmes can be downloaded or viewed on our website or we have printed copies available at our office in Parnell. Email info.photo.festival@xtra.co.nz if you need some.

Nikon Photo Contest 2012 -2013 award winners

Dina Bova; Elegy of Autumn

Dina Bova - Elegy of Autumn -  Nikon Photo Contest 2012-2013 Grand Prize

On show in the Signature programme, direct from Tokyo, is the international exhibition the Nikon Photo Contest 2012-2013, an exhibition of the award winning images selected from the over 99,000 submitted photographs from across the world. Chris Rainier was Lead Judge on the Nikon Photo Contest 2013 and he will give a talk about the winners on May 30th.

Auckland Festival of Photography will include Auckland’s very own photo competition, Nikon Auckland Photo Day on Saturday, June 7, when you have 24 hours to capture your own prize winning image of a day in the life of Auckland.

Nikon 1st Prize camera is their first "shoot and share" DSLR D5300!

Nikon D5300


Lightweight, full-featured DX-format D-SLR with 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, 39-point, and Full HD movie recording. Nikon’s first DSLR to feature a built-in Wi-Fi®, so you can instantly transfer your photos*. Crystal-clear 3.2-inch LCD vari-angle monitor lets you shoot at any angle. 

Plus a Lexar JUMPDRIVE S50 8GB 

Plus 1 x DVD on Photographer Annie Liebowitz: Life Through a Lens

For 2nd and 3rd place prize cameras, Top 30 prizes and People's Choice 2014 see here


Fringe programme

2014’s Festival has 62 Fringe exhibitions throughout the Auckland region - from Waiheke to Helensville, Herne Bay to Howick, Avondale to Orewa, Pukekohe to Piha’s Old Fire Station – and many places inbetween.

This makes the Fringe a major contributor to this year’s Festival, which includes a record 115 events and exhibitions from May 29 to June 20.

The Fringe programme represents the ultimate road trip through Auckland and beyond for anyone who wants to share the observations of our emerging and established photographers.  Exhibitions can be found within arts and community venues, museums, libraries, shops, schools and cafes, colleges, churches and tertiary sites.

Full Fringe programme.

Elaine Smith; Beijing trains

Three at Britomart Train Station, June 2014. Image: Elaine Smith, Beijing train, China.

Auckland Photo Blog

April 2014 is an Open theme. Send in up to 9 entries per photographer this month.

Donations towards the Auckland Festival of Photography 2014

We are a registered charitable trust that develops and grows with the support of grants, sponsors and donations. We want to keep the Festival free to the public and open to participation by everyone, so we are seeking donations to support the 2014 Festival - all donations are tax deductible, donate now here - any amount from each of you will help us heaps!

Newsletter Archives

06 Mar 14: Festival Zone - March 2014
04 Feb 14: Festival Zone - February 2014
21 Jan 14: Festival Zone - Happy New Year 2014
05 Dec 13: Festival Zone - December 2013
06 Nov 13: Festival Zone - November 2013
06 Oct 13: Festival Zone - October 2013
05 Sep 13: Festival Zone - September 2013
07 Aug 13: Festival Zone - August 2013
06 Jul 13: Festival Zone - July 2013
18 Jun 13: Festival Zone - Festival closing week
09 Jun 13: Festival Zone - Festival week#2 June
03 Jun 13: Festival Zone - June 2013
28 May 13: Festival Zone - Festival 2013 launch week
20 May 13: Festival Zone - May 2013 # 2
04 May 13: Festival Zone - May 2013
11 Apr 13: Festival Zone - Programme 2013 - 10 years
12 Mar 13: Festival Zone - March 2013
20 Feb 13: Festival Zone - February 2013
11 Jan 13: Festival Zone - Happy New Year 2013
04 Dec 12: Festival Zone - December 2012
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