The Auckland Festival of Photography is open to programming any exhibition created through the medium of  photography. We encourage festival participation from all levels of exhibitors including dealer galleries, private and public venues, individual artists and community groups. We aim to make festival participation as barrier free and inclusive as possible, in order to reflect and represent the diverse populace and points of view within Auckland.

The 2015 Festival dates -  28 May to 20 June 2015. 
Festival programme for 2015 is now open for expressions of interest.

Signature Programme.

The signature programme is curated by the Auckland Festival of Photography Trust and team and exhibition inclusion is by selection and at the Trust's discretion.

A 3 week long curated programme including the finest photography the region has to offer and featuring core exhibitions and signature events.  The  signature programme is planned to include the very popular events like Festival Tuesday, Auckland Photo Day, Talking Culture Symposium series and our new annual fine arts commission exhibition.

If you represent photographers who are due for or are planning an exhibition of their work during June then you need to send an expression of interest and provide an overview of the artist and their work. Try to schedule the exhibition within the festival timeframe - in June, starting Queen's Birthday weekend for three weeks.

Exhibition duration can vary from three weeks, two weeks to a weekend special event and can include an artist's or curator's talk under the Talking Culture banner. Shows which start more than two weeks out from the Festival start date (i.e before 18 May 2015 )will be included in the Fringe programme.

You will need to register your interest with us to be part of the Festival by the end of January each year. To all of you who have registered and who have confirmed with us your exhibition details by 30th January 2015 and we have selected for the signature programme, we will forward a link to our programme submission form. You must complete this form by the due date and you must send us all your exhibition promotional details - including text, promotional exhibition photos, logos. These are usually needed by mid February. Festival programme for 2015 is now open.

See FAQ for guidelines for Festival entry. Exhibitions across the Auckland Region (Franklin, Papakura, Manukau, Waitakere, Auckland, North Shore, Rodney) for 2015 should be forwarded to info.photo.festival@xtra.co.nz . Festival programme for 2015 is now open. Call the Festival Office on 09- 307-7055

Fringe Programme - Independent artists, collectives, clubs or community groups. 

During the 2011 Festival we strengthened our open access, community and artist driven exhibitions which have been the cornerstone of the Festival since it's inception in 2004. The Fringe programme is an ideal vehicle for photographers to showcase their work alongside the curated signature shows and for visitors to view new photographic works by emerging  artists beside established Auckland and international photographers. Participation in the Fringe programme is by agreement between photographers and venues and the Festival Trust. There are no barriers to participation based on experience, background, or style. Entry is open to all photographers who can pull together an exhibition. As with the previous Festivals' overall programme, the new Fringe programme is expected to provide an eclectic mix of work.

The support for the annual Festival has grown significantly since 2004. Audience numbers across the regional exhibitions and events were 46,000 in 2011 a magnificant increase of around 20% on 2010, and  website viewers numbered over 50,000 in the last 12 months.

We encourage exhibitions from any individuals and collectives. These groups and individuals must locate a space to exhibit and follow the same process for submission as the galleries and venues.  Do you need a Gallery to be in the Festival? Not really, the Festival encourages the use of public spaces or any alternative venue and since our first Festival in 2004 photographers have shown their work in a variety of non gallery spaces including:

  • A swimming Pool
  • Libraries
  • Bowling Clubs
  • Shop Windows
  • Billboards
  • Projection onto buildings
  • Sports Stadiums
  • Online web based
  • Schools
  • Educational Institutes
  • Artist collectives spaces
  • CBD Foyers
  • Migrant Resource Centre
  • Retail Outlets
  • Alliance Francaise
  • Cafes
  • Community Centres
  • Dance Studios
  • a Bus stop
  • Church Hall

 All these types of alternative venues would require a bit of research. We suggest you approach the spaces and venues directly. Photographic visual arts in the community are encouraged by the Festival, as part of our participation strategy which provides for interventions in our urban environment and the landscape through photography.

Contact info.photo.festival@xtra.co.nz  to register your interest or phone the Festival Office on 09-307-7055

Festival Fringe programme for 2015 is now open.

The Festival does not provide any direct financial assistance to venues, galleries or artists. We are however happy to provide letters of support for funding applications by venues and artists.