aotearoa music photography award 2024

Image Auckland [Tāmaki Makaurau] is delighted to announce the 2024 Music Photography Award | Whakaahua Puoro Toa. 
Award open for entries: 1 - 20 May
Prize winners announced: 30 May


1st prize - $1250 cash
2nd prize - $500 cash

People's Choice prize - $250 Prezzy card (like a preloaded debit card). Decided by public vote, most legit single votes after audit of the count is the winner. No multiple votes from one person on repeat will be counted, and will be disqualified. Winner announced 30 May online.

Participation in the future exhibitions in 2025 plus other digital/projections/promotion of your winning image. Judge for 2024 Award is by Federico Monsalve, NZ/Auckland based former editor of D Photo, New Zealand's leading photography magazine and has a worked within the photography sector to publish news stories, building an archive of written and visual editorial over many years, and career stretching across the arts sector. He was also the former editor of Urbis and Interior magazines. He is a writer and journalist, and his work has appeared in a range of local and international media including The New Zealand Herald, Monocle (UK), Urbis, Flying Nun, ARTnews (NY) and Interior.

Plus benefits to all entrants -

  • Inclusion in the 2024 Festival programme online display - the 21st edition of the festival!
  • Our Festival is internationally recognised. 
  • Support of Festival infrastructure - we place the spotlight on photography - attracting extensive publicity through a wide variety of media channels. 
  • A online display of your entries on the festival website and promotion through the festival social media accounts. 
  • Invitation to attend the Festival prize giving in Auckland (own arrangements if outside of Auckland) and the opportunity to visit other Festival project/events - consider meeting/networking with like-minded artists/photographers. 
Entries via the Auckland Photo Blog. Terms and conditions apply. View 2021, 2022, 2023 AMPA entries for insipration. To date since 2021, Image Auckland has provided a total $5750 to winning photographers in prizes, and over $25000 has been invested to promote and share the images both online and in exhibitions presentations to the community.
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Prizes sponsored by The Bass Player Ltd and Pacific Culture and Arts Exchange Centre.

Music Photography Outdoor Exhibitions 2024

Image Auckland [tamaki makaurau] with thanks to Eke Panuku Development, from early May 2024 is stoked to present a curated selection and winning photographs from 2023's Music Photography Award | Whakaahua Puoro Toa.

2023 Aotearoa Music Photo Awards

2023 Queens Wharf exhibition

The outdoor Queens Wharf Fence exhibition is part of AFP's ongoing commitment to create experiences with images that inspire, connect, and educate, whilst supporting the Aotearoa NZ music photography scene.

Meanwhile from after Easter in Takapuna, the Takapuna Business Association is supporting a boutique outdoor exhibition, you can walk by, skate by, cycle by outdoors. From the city take the ferry to Devonport Wharf and bus to Takapuna for a afternoon or evening visit.

The image auckland [tamaki makaurau] exhibition will be on show during May, alongside NZ Music Month and image auckland [tamaki makaurau] lead in activities to the announcement of the 2024 Award winners which will take place in Auckland in May. Providing a diverse and inclusive platform, for the exchange of ideas, artistic expression, and engagement with photography and visual culture.

"Music photography is an art form; whether it’s a community event, a big festival highlights or a gig review, photography is always there. It’s a wonderful cultural activity. We welcome and look forwards to some great entries and offering some cool prizes, all our Awards underpin our Festival commitment to profiling NZ photographic excellence". - Julia Durkin MNZM the founder/CEO, Auckland Festival of Photography (parent brand for 'Image Auckland').

See previous winners below

music photography award 2023

Image Auckland is delighted to announce the winners of 2023 Music Photography Award - Whakaahua Puoro Toa

The 2023 Award was judged by Robert M Knight, NZ/Auckland based US Rock Music photographer who has a 175,000 image archive, and career stretching from 1968 to recent times. He has photographed pretty much everyone. He is an author and the subject of the documentary film Rock Prophecies. Knight has photographed Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Steve Vai, and Carlos Santana.

Music Photography Award 1st prize: Photographer - Andrew Cornaga - Ed Sheeran at Eden Park, February 10th.

Andrew Cornaga - Ed Sheeran
Judge Robert M Knight,  said, "Its been great seeing so many artists captured as they perform, tough decision, often these big international stars are more challenging to photograph well due to restrictions on the night and where a photographer gets placed. This one by Andrew Cornaga is a stand out portrait which meets all the elements of technical skill, catching the pose of Ed with his guitar held high, significant of a triumphant night of music".
Andrew wins $1250 in cash and his winning image will be part of future exhibitions of the 2023 AMPA.

2023 Music Photography Award 2nd Prize: Photographer - Amanda Hodge at Homegrown 2023, with Joe Walsh performing with Gin Wigmore. 
Amanda Hodge - Joe Walsh with Gin Wigmore
Judge Robert M Knight,  said, "shooting in the pit often is intuitive, this one shows the 'hands on' fans excitement at a well known NZ music Festival. A joyous, fun time for everyone. Joe Walsh's look is one that says "can I stay here a bit longer?"

Amanda wins $500 in cash and her winning image will be part of future exhibitions of the 2023 AMPA.

People's Choice prize - $250 Prezzy card (like a preloaded debit card). People's Choice Winner is now announced - Wellington based Nichole Davis, with her portrait of Che Fu performing at Homegrown 2021. Congratulations too. View all the 2023 entries


Music Photography Award 2022

Image Auckland is delighted to announce the winners of 2022 Music Photography Award - Whakaahua Puoro Toa

The 2022 Award was judged by Dave Simpson, of FromThePit fame, which started in 2018. 
Dave is a professional photographer covering live events for 20 years, who's images regularly appear in numerous local and international publications including The New York TimesUSA TodayThe GuardianThe Daily MailThe SunNewsweekRollingStoneBillboardForbes, Vanity Fair,  PeopleThe Huffington Post, Pitchfork and NME, and is a Getty Images contributor.

2022 Music Photography Award 1st Prize: Photographer - Dave Watson, Foo Fighters (Dave Grohl) performing at Mt Smart Stadium, 2018

Dave Watson
Judge comment: “This winner really does capture the moment beautifully despite the tricky photoing with the rain. There's a confidence and lightness in the image which matches the stance of the musician who has plenty of room to breath in the picture. The lighting and technical handling are perfect despite the rain. I know we only judged the best single image, but all the images Dave Watson's submitted are exquisitely presented, and he's a master of his craft.”

David wins $1500 cash. Dave said he's delighted and its "great this one won, as it signifies the pre pandemic years where New Zealand was a main touring country. He's looking forward to the return of these big stadium concerts with world's superstars in town to photograph"

2022 Music Photography Award 2nd Prize: Photographer - Shelley Te Haara, Julia Deans, performing at the first Songbirds in Suburbia

Judge comment: “Whilst not technically perfect, it tells a strong story. It's dark and moody, with harsh lighting and I like the graphic handling. It speaks to me about a musician performing against adversity and everything that nature is throwing against her (rain being an allegory for Covid and lockdowns?). Yet, she continues to perform sheltered under an umbrella.”

Shelley wins $750 cash. Shelley said the win had "made my day" and "thanks to the judge, who she has "stood with in the pit" on many occasions"

View all the 2022 entries

Music Photography Award 2021

Watch now on You Tube - Veronica McLaughlin, Award winner -

VeronicaMcLaughlin; Postcards

Auckland Festival of Photography are proud to present the inaugural Aotearoa Music Photography Award | Whakaahua Puoro Toa competition winners:

Veronica McLaughlin, Delaney Davidson
Winner: Veronica McLaughlin, Delaney Davidson
Doug Peters
2nd Prize: Doug Peters, Florence + The Machine

View all the 2021 entries

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