Welcome to Festival Zone for the end of our 2020 Festival activities.

The Auckland Festival of Photography Trust are delighted to announce a Freeview special marathon broadcast of 2020 Festival on Pop Up TV Freeview CH200 on Saturday 20th June - 12 hours non stop - binge viewing, get the popcorn in, hunker down on a cold winters day, invite friends and whanau to watch and enjoy with you!.

Freeview CH200 12 hour special

The Auckland Festival of Photography Trust and team hope you have enjoyed our Festival offerings this year, and you are all still maintaining safety protocols like washing your hands, stay home if unwell and sneeze into your elbow.

Kindness portrait wins 2020 Nikon Auckland Photo Day

 Clint Schubert; Seeking Human Kindness - 1st Prize

Clint Schubert - Seeking Human Kindness wins 1st prize

The winners of 2020’s Nikon Auckland Photo Day have been decided, the Festival’s highly anticipated 24-hour day in the life of Auckland competition took place on Saturday 6 June. It attracted more than 700 entries, adding to an archive of more than 14,000 unique images of Auckland since the annual competition began in 2004. This year’s competition judges were: Robert M Knight, legendary music photographer; Petra Leary, drone photography specialist; and Ken Newall, Nikon NZ representative. The winners and top 30 entries can be viewed here.

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Judges’ comment: “The troubles of the world are in her eyes. Despite the impression of isolation and sadness, she exudes hope, which appeals to our new Covid reality.” Clint Schubert lives in Clevedon, works under the ‘intopix photography’ handle and enjoys taking portraits – including this one from Queen Street.

First prize:  - Nikon Z 50 Twin Lens Kit  –  Small but mighty, simple but powerful, with a 16-50mm & 50-250mm lens combo you can reach further and do more

Nikon Auckland Photo Day is the nation’s biggest community shoot on any given day, with Public Participation Director, Julia Durkin saying this year’s entries strengthen what has evolved into a culturally significant archive of images of Auckland and Aucklanders. “We’re proud to unequivocally cement our Festival as a world leader in 2020 amidst challenging times,” Ms Durkin says. “That’s why we’re so impressed with this year’s entries to Nikon Auckland Photo Day and the dedication of participants in sharing their impressions of life in the Auckland region. We are delighted those judged winners receive top cameras from our partners at Nikon – and also invite everyone to be the judge in our People's Choice voting."         

“Nikon is proud to again be supporting Auckland Festival of Photography and Nikon Auckland Photo Day.”  says Nathan Calladine, CEO, Nikon New Zealand. “This is already a year like no other, and the photographic community have yet again delivered, conveying their inspiration, passion and technical ability through one moment in time.”   

Jabir Hussain Pallyalil; Lets Roll - 2nd prize

 Jabir Hussain Palliyalil - Let's Roll   

Judges’ comment: "The mood of this image is youthful balance and all about hanging out. It has great composition, lighting and something that draws the eye to the unbalance of the turn". Jabir Hussain Palliyalil lives in the CBD and took this image in Devonport after another photographer encouraged him to enter the competition.

Second prize – Nikon Z 50 Single Lens Kit  – The Nikon Z 50 delivers the award-winning performance of Z series in the smallest interchangeable lens DX-format camera ever.

Edward Adam; Raising Son - 3rd prize

Edward Adam - Raising Son   

Judges’ comment: "There’s a nice balance between landscape and humanity, beautiful silhouette at sunrise of a parent and son up early to fish. Solitude and quiet looking at the horizon". Edward Adam lives in Bucklands Beach, works as a gardener and is a keen amateur photographer. He took this winning image near Maraetai.

Third prize – Nikon D5600 Twin Lens Kit  – Meet the Nikon D5600 bundle with the compact and lightweight 70-300mm to help you bring the most distant subjects into focus.

You Be The Judge

Announcing the Nikon Auckland Photo Day winners marks the close of 2020’s festival which featured more than 70 online outdoor and venue-based exhibitions, including specially curated material by New Zealand photographers for a national audience on YouTube, and two hours of programming broadcast daily on Freeview TV Channel 200.  PM Jacinda Ardern congratulated the festival’s commitment to remaining accessible to audiences, describing this as “a really significant feat”.

From 30 June, an outdoor display of Nikon Auckland Photo Day winners and selected entries will be shown on construction hoardings along Nikau Street in Mt Eden as part of the partnership with the Link Alliance, which is delivering the main stations and tunnels contract for the City Rail Link.

The judges’ winners from this year’s competition and their shortlist is open online voting for the People’s Choice Prize category of 2020 Nikon Auckland Photo Day opens at: 

Voting closes on 26 June at 5pm.

The judges’ shortlist of images for the 2020 People's Choice will also be broadcast on Freeview CH200 on Friday 19 June at 8pm.

The winner of the People’s Choice category will get the Nikon D5600 Single Lens Kit prize Stand out from the crowd with photos and videos so impressive they’ll inspire you to keep shooting and learning.

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Annual Commission 2011 - 2020 - Floor Talk

Sunday 21 June, 1-2pm

First floor foyer, Pah Homestead, Hillsborough Road

Join Cat Fooks as she hosts Linda Tyler for this floor talk about the Auckland Festival of Photography Annual Commission. The Commission, now in its tenth year, is a key event in the Festival Programme with the new commissioned work unveiled each year. Linda will talk about the winning works in this year’s commission as well as the exhibition showing the past ten years’ winners.

Linda Tyler is an Associate Professor in Art History and Museums and Cultural Heritage at the University of Auckland where she teaches a course in Art Writing and Curatorial Practice. For any other exhibitions open now see our Festival calendar for up to date times and dates through this weekend.

Festival 2020 Promotion

Festival TV You Tube 

View our impressive 'Postcards From New Zealand' programme via You Tube, made with the support of Creative NZ Arts Continuity Grant, to engage a national audience for the Festival in rural communities who will get to take part from their homes, bachs, farms and accommodation across New Zealand for the first time.

Online we show new work from around New Zealand, you can view it on our Festival TV portal.

The public is invited to see our New Zealand photographic conversations using online tools on your phones, tablets and computers. Join our digital future and subscribe to our You Tube channels.

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Best of Head On Photo Festival 2020

Go to Sydney online! This year's critically acclaimed Head on Photo Fest set the internet awash with great talks, panels and workshops as well as dozens of top international photography exhibitions, there were the annual Head On Awards which were presented on Facebook Live in slick and professional presentation. Go walkabout on their site anytime, great photography matters and Head On is setting the standard for online delivery of large scale Festivals online. Congratulations to their team and supporters.


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