Welcome to Festival Zone for February 2024.

As we head into Waitangi Day, we celebrate our country's cultural identity through photography.

Images from our Auckland Photo Blog archive (2006 - 2018), sharing ideas, concepts and moments in phototgraphy, the blog is an online archive of images submitted by the community.

Hanna Muggleston; Hangi 2010

Hanna Muggleston; Hangi 2010

Francesca Gallo; Flag 2011

Francesca Gallo; Flag 2011

Henry Ren He; Kapa Haka performance 2012

Henry Ren He; Kapa Haka performance 2012

 Believe [whakapono]

The 2024 Festival theme is Believe [whakapono]. We're delighted to share our advance announcement of one of our key artists who will feature in the 'Believe' suite of works.

Sarah Palmer; Wish You Were Here

Sarah Palmer - Canada, Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here, explores vacation culture amidst the climate crisis, and how it plays, often unconsciously, into what’s known as last-chance tourism. In exploring this topic, Sarah examines the absurdity that capitalist and colonialist structures (like tourism) imbue. 

This work has won numerous awards and grants, and a small part of it was most recently a Core Exhibition in CONTACT Photo Festival last year. Sarah says "the way I photograph is a bit different, as I use film and create multiple exposures in-camera with no manipulation in photoshop. I shoot by building layers of stories on the same piece of film, creating a strong sense of environment while weaving together contrasts and similarities in the subject matter I’m photographing". We are so pleased to share this work exclusively in New Zealand this year, more news about  2024 Festival in March.

Call For Submissions 2024

Our Festival's official call for submissions/registrations for the 2024 Auckland Festival of Photography is open now through to mid-March 2024. More on our new theme 'Believe' [whakapono], "With the ongoing development of ArtificiaI Intelligence we are entering a whole new era in the creation of images which can seamlessly pretend to be “real”. Who or what are we now to believe? How does photography maintain its role in the reflection of society’s philosophical, ideological, religious or political beliefs? How does light exposure in analogue or digital processes underpin our beliefs in artistic work?" This year’s Festival theme is ‘Believe’ [whakapono] - it has to be seen to be believed.

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.

February 2024: 'Festivals' theme

Auckland Photo Blog (APB) - Call for Entries 2024. Open now submit your photos here.

February's theme is 'Festivals' big or small, in Auckland or anywhere in NZ. Best Photo of The Month wins $200 Ticketmaster Gift Card. Deadline is 5pm 29th February 2024.

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.

Nichole Davis; Homegrown 2021

Nichole Davis; Homegrown 2021, Wellington - Image from Aotearoa Music Photo Awards 2022

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 opened 1st February 2024.Image Auckland logo

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