Welcome to Festival Zone for middle of end May 2023.

Our Festival turns 20!

Auckland Festival of Photography is turning 20! Celebrating two decades of innovation - The 2023 Festival theme is resistance [ātete]. By the festival’s 19th year in 2022 over 1,290 exhibitions and events have been presented, partnered and attended, viewed by more than one million people and with this year about to start we are looking forwards to another great Festival. Watch our showreel on our You Tube channel.

Resistance LGBTQI promo

We are delighted to announce our Late Harvest Award shortlist presented by Image Auckland [tāmaki makaurau]

7th Exhibition Award - Late Harvest Shortlist

Established Exhibitor Award 2023 - the winner of which will be decided on 11 June for a cash prize of $1500.

Cathy Carter - Planet Ocean at Time Out
Adrian Cook - Tinkering About at Highwic
Ann Shelton - She Could Lie on her Back at Gus Fisher Gallery
Jenny Tomlin - Growing Light at Skar image Lab

We are also pleased to announce the shortlist for the Late Harvest Emerging Exhibitor Award 2023 - the winner of which will be decided on 11 June for a cash prize of $750. 
 To date over NZ$12,000 in prize money has been Awarded to support NZ photography through this Artist/Exhibitor award since 2017.

LHA Promo 2023

2023 Music Photography Award | Whakaahua Puoro Toa

Image Auckland [tāmaki makaurau] is delighted to announce the 2023 fantastic prize winners!

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). Won by Wellington based Nichole Davis with her starry portrait of 'Che Fu', congratulations too.

Nichole Davis; Che Fu

Prizes sponsored by The Bass Player Ltd and Pacific Culture and Arts Exchange Centre. View all the 2023 entries

To date Image Auckland [tāmaki makaurau] has supported NZ Music photography with $5750 through these Awards.

 Image Auckland logo

Ans Westra - Queens Wharf Fence

Ans Westra; Queens Wharf Fence

Image by Ans Westra; Protest 1975, courtesy of {Suite} Gallery. Opens 9am on 1st June, 24/7 daily. And we'll be opening late for the NZ Herald photography exhibition on the 'Resistance' theme, until 6pm on Saturday 3rd June only. Come along for a walk along the waterfront. Other days Silo 6 is open daily from 11am to 4pm until 11 June.

Festival 2023 opening week

Today is the official Festival start, we are pleased to share highlights that are happening through June 2023, so start planning your Festival visits and keep up to date on our social media channels with what's coming up.

Emma Bass; Florassemblage


Gareth Moon; Waihola - Signals

Gareth Moon - Signals at Eyes on Fire Gallery - Opens 1 June at 6pm


Kumeu Arts in Focus

Kumeu Arts in Focus - Saturday 10th June at 12pm meet the artists and opening event.

Talking Culture

Saturday 3rd June - Talks at Lake House Arts at 11am by Charlotte E Johnson and Gus Fisher Gallery at She could lie on her back and sink on Saturday 3rd June 2pm - Ann Shelton (Pākehā, Italian, Aotearoa New Zealand) and Louie Zalk-Neale (Ngāi Te Rangi, Pākehā) is an artist who engages with the transformative power of body adornment.

Ann Shelton will be exhibiting her new body of work in She could lie on her back and sink

Ann Shelton is recognized as one of New Zealand’s leading photographic artists. Her most recent work engages with plant narratives and histories, in particular the intersection of these histories with human knowledge systems. Shelton is interested in how the perceived power play between plants and humans can be questioned, redefined and modified through questions that urgently come into play as we move deeper into the era of the anthropocene. Introducing Tai Shani, the Turner-prize winning artist whose latest work The Neon Hieroglyph (2021) will be on display in She could lie on her back and sink.

Join them for the exhibition opening on 2 June, from 5.30pm.


Sunday 4th June - Outdoor talk for Masumi Shiohara, lightboxes in Freyberg Square, CBD til 13 June. Talk on Sunday 4th June at 1pm, 30 minutes with Q + A on the fruit growing and images. By Mizuki Shiohara, Japan.

Full programme available now.

Alex Mao Youth Photo Award 2023

Alex Mao Award Trophy 2020

In 2023 Image Auckland [tāmaki makaurau] are delighted to present the 5th annual Award which will take place again during June. This is an annual photography grant for emerging photographers, at the start of their careers or study. We invite photographers and artists under 25 years to enter their NZ photography work/photo essay/project for the 1st place cash grant, NZ$1200 and a trophy, and are delighted with the extra support from Alex Mao Photography Foundation for the introduction of NZ$600 cash 2nd place grant and certificate.

Entries open tomorrow - 1st June through to 21st June 2023. Entries will be via Auckland Photo Blog. Terms and Conditions apply.

Supported by the Alex Mao Photo Foundation, presented by Image Auckland [tāmaki makaurau] - winners announced in late June and Award giving in Auckland w/c 26th June.

See all our wonderful Youth Photo Award winners since 2019. To date over $4800 has been Awarded to support Youth photography in NZ through this Award.

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