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People's Choice Nikon Auckland Photo Day 2019

Tina Fraser; Under Harbour Bridge

We are delighted to announce the People's Choice winner for 2019 is Tina Fraser, from Stanmore Bay, with her 'Under Harbour Bridge - Stokes Point'. Tina wins the People’s Choice prize and receives a Nikon Coolpix A1000. Congratulations Tina!

24-hour day in the life of Auckland competition took place on Saturday 8 June and attracted hundreds of photographers – despite tumultuous weather. Since the annual competition began 15 years ago it has created an archive of more than 12,000 unique images of Auckland.

Our Auckland Harbour Bridge is an iconic structure bridging our communities in the North Shore and our city centre and wider regional road network. Tina's image is a fitting winner in this 60th anniversary year of the opening of the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Its New Zealand’s best-known bridge which opened on 30 May 1959 after four years of construction. As a reflection of the visual conversations the annual Festival stimulates through our regional day in the life photo competition, this image will be available on our website to review for the next year.

Our 2019 People Choice's longlist can also be seen online today.

The announcement of the People's Choice Nikon Auckland Photo Day winner marks 7 years since our inaugural People's Choice was initiated in 2012, it was a cultural 1st in New Zealand, cementing this as the longest running annual People's Choice Award for photography in the country.

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Thanks everyone!

Thanks to all our 2019 Festival friends, supporters, sponsors and funders. The Festival team now head into a period of relative calm, representing Auckland at international Festivals whilst scouting for great photography to share next year, more on this next month, and completing a review of the activities for 2020. During our hiatus period we will be on reduced weekly hours at the Festival office, until we start planning 2020 later this year. Keep in touch with us on social media, by email, phone or via our e-newsletter, we value your input and ideas.

The Festival is committed to enhance and develop visual literacy through photography - "visual literacy is the ability to interpret, negotiate, and make meaning from information presented in the form of an image, extending the meaning of literacy, which commonly signifies interpretation of a written or printed text" - source Wikipedia.