Welcome to Festival Zone for January 2024.

Our Festival wishes everyone a safe and happy 2024.

Call For Submissions 2024

Our Festival's official call for submissions/registrations for the 2024 Auckland Festival of Photography will begin on 17th January through to mid-March 2024. More on our new theme 'Believe' [whakapono] read here.

Ian Rushton: Tawharanui 2014

(Ian Rushton; Tawharanui, Auckland, 2014. Image on the Auckland Photo Blog archive)

Auckland Festival of Photography is NZ's premium international photographic festival, providing a diverse and inclusive platform, for the exchange of ideas, artistic expression, and engagement with photography and visual culture.

Get planning and join us for the 21st edition of the Festival 30 May to 14 June 2024.  Your participation can be "In Venue" "Online" or "Outdoors". Talks, events, book launches, pub quiz, performance projections and everything in between is invited to take part. Our joint programme model has been in place since 2004 allowing for full creative freedoms with work presented by artists, curators, groups and dealer galleries based in NZ how they and where they choose to show not us, we provide inclusion with our Festival (not venues).

More here on how to participate. Submission via website from 17th January.

Matthew Hawke; Auckland - going places

Matthew Hawke; Auckland - going places. Image from Auckland Photo Day 2010 archive

February 2024: 'Festivals' theme

Auckland Photo Blog (APB) - Call for Entries 2024.

February's theme is 'Festivals' big or small, in Auckland or anywhere in NZ. Best Photo of The Month wins $200 Ticketmaster Gift Card.

Developing on the historic archive themes for the APB since it was established in 2006 as an online photo sharing resource for the community of Auckland and sometimes nationally, we are thrilled to announce a new project which interconnects with our archived projects on cultural events, Festivals, traditional performance, music photography and enjoying the visual vibe of our region’s Festivals and around the country through photography.

See our early years for our very 1st APB theme in 2006 was for Diwali, followed by invitations to the community for Chinese New Year - Lantern, Matariki, Pasifika, and other themes such as 'A Bit of A Do' which explored celebrations of culture and events around Auckland, our Music blog in 2011, and our spinoff of to the Music Photo Award from 2021 to 2023. Plus our Youth Photo Award 2019 to 2023, and Auckland Photo Day 2021 and 2022 are displayed as well. Over 17 years of images invited, shared and asset management of the digital infrastructure for the public's enjoyment.

Ewen Cafe;Bright Eyed Dragon;Shot No.15 of 76 taken at the festival

Ewen Cafe;Bright Eyed Dragon;Shot No.15 of 76 taken at the 2009 Lantern Festival

Festivals and celebrations for the Year of The Dragon throughout February include 2024 Chinese New Year Festival & Market Day at ASB Showgrounds, celebrate the Chinese New Year, and the Year of the Dragon on Takapuna Beach and the new Manukau based 'Lantern Festival' during February, as well as events in Wellington, Christchurch and other centers.

Key Festivals such as Pride in Auckland, Laneways, Auckland, Art Deco Weekend in Napier, Kawhia Kai Festival, Te Matatini Festival, Splore Festival, Auckland, Krishna Holi - Festival of Colours Kumeu 2024, NEW EARTH NZ Festival in Rotorua, Dimension Festival 2024 Nukutawhiti, Hamilton Arts Festival, Marlborough Wine Festival, Festival of Lights, New Plymouth, Meatstock The Music, Barbecue and Camping Festival in Hamilton, Wairarapa Yoga Festival, Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts in Wellington, Burning Horse 2024 in Waimea, Festival of Cultures - World Food, Craft and Music Fair in Palmerston North, Adam Chamber Music Festival in Nelson, Electric Avenue in Christchurch and yes we can include Fan Zones at Rugby Sevens, Wellington.

There's so many, so get out and about with your friends, whanau and share your photos with Auckland Photo Blog, if its February it's "Festivals" month!

We invite new images to be taken during February and any existing images in the last 2 years on theme - 'Festivals'. Previous entries to the Auckland Photo Blog 2020 to 2023 are ineligible, as we want to create a new online display for the public's enjoyment.

Entries open 1st February 2024.Image Auckland logo

Call for Business sponsors

  • Sponsors who understand the value of this type of marketing. 
  • Sponsors whose audience matches ours in both demographics and interests.
  • Sponsors focused on event ROI. We can tailor Awards or one-off events to suit your marketing plans and interactions.

We have been fortunate to work with many sponsors over our 20 years, some for very long partnerships, others on short campaigns, and due to shifting needs, pandemics and change of ownership of partner companies' we are now seeking a new raft of sponsors for both financial support as well as offer of product placements, pro bono services. To find out if we are a good fit for your business please get in touch with the Festival Trust and we can take it from there. We are an experienced team and flexible to work with, collaborate with different and diverse sectors to meet mutually beneficial outcomes.

As part of our 'Future Proofing The Festival" strategic pillar, we are delighted to announce a fiscal sponsorship agreement with Daylight Foundation, based in New York which will allow US based foundations, corporates and individuals exclusively to make contributions to the Auckland Festival of Photography whilst enjoying the IRS tax deductible benefits available in the USA. Please contact us via our communications for more details and the minimum US$ commitments needed.

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Call for Photographers - Big Gay Out 2024

It's Pride next month, on February 18th, at Pt Chevalier, the annual Big Gay Out in Auckland is calling for volunteer photographers to assist with documenting the day, of course we're happy to help our Auckland community get the message out.

If you have time and are keen to take photos, get in touch with the organisers.

Call For Photographers - BGO


Donate $20 to support the work we do, all donations are NZ tax credit eligible via our Give A Little page and can be made monthly to help keep us afloat in these challenging Covid recovery times.

All donations received go towards the ongoing sustainability of the annual Festival activities.

The Trust is registered with the Charities Commission No: CC38839.


The Festival team works all year-round creating opportunities so that photographers from every genre can present their new work. We provide and maintain the platform, profile and network necessary to present you with the best opportunities to showcase photography in our annual Festival.

Festival exhibitors can have the opportunity to join the 2024 community and be part of a Festival that showcases both international and national artists at diverse stages of their careers. All funds received as admin fees go towards the ongoing sustainability of the annual Festival and associated activities.

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