Welcome to Festival Zone for mid May 2024.

 Auckland's regional Camera Clubs showcase

Lotus Flowers

Lotus Flowers, North Shore Photographic Society Inc

We're pleased to share that from North to South, East to West areas of our diverse city, Tāmaki Makaurau, dozens of keen amateur photographers are getting their prints ready for exhibitions as part of the Festival 2024. We've been an open access Festival with a joint programme model in place since our inception in 2004, so something we aim to unite our communities around is the appreciation of a good photo!

In Kumeu is the Kumeu Photo Group combined with the local arts group and Charlie Yang (image below), with their 'The Stairwell of Life' exhibition, over in Lake House Arts Centre, Takapuna this year is the North Shore Photo Society with Captured Moment exhibition, out East in Howick is a very active group, Howick Photographic Society showing at Uxbridge Arts and Cultural Centre.

Further south to Manurewa are the Manukau Photogaphy Society, presenting nature images taken in and around the Regional Botanical Gardens, also where they are exhibiting. Then back out West is the annual exhibition by Henderson Photography Society at Te Atatu Library. Go on a circuit of these clubs shows for a good out day this June, plus plan more with our full 2024 Festival programme here.

Charlie Yang; Stairwell of Life


Believe [whakapono] - Saturday 1st June - Panel announced

This year we continue to offer a selection of free, Talking Culture events in central, urban areas or spots where the community can casually interact whilst out and about with photography dialogue with NZ and international experts, artists, curators and organisations.

Believe [whakapono] 2024 New

Auckland Festival of Photography 2024 has gathered a group of lens-based artists, photojournalists and ‘photography-manipulators’ whose oeuvre relies on or questions this fundamental, human trait of ‘belief.’ 

From the documentary images captured by NZME photojournalists on the beat through to raw data beamed — from 1.5 million kilometres away — down to earth by Nasa’s Webb Telescope. From documentary stories about the Hauraki Gulf crisis and those capturing the state of our environment or of indigenous peoples, through to flora and seemingly innocent tourist spots from the comfort of cruise ships. This year’s programme succinctly and overtly makes us question where our trust lies and what leaps of faith we are willing — or perhaps forced — to take in order to bridge the gap between our knowledge and the world of visual stimuli we consume daily and at unprecedented speeds.

Believe, or don’t; that is the question.

Panel discussion on the "Believe" theme with:

Sarah Palmer - Wish You Were Here - International photojournalist, Canada

Sharron Ward, Katalyst Productions - director "Goat Island Marine Reserve/Te Hawere-a-Maki" short film - Award winning TV producer/director, NZ

NZME Photojournalists -

Janette Dalley, Head of Visuals News, NZME + Jason Dorday, Lead NZME Photography - Photojournalism team for NZ Herald

Join us at 12pm to 2pm on Saturday 1st June, indoors at I Heart Lounge, NZME HQ, 2 Graham St, City. Arrive by 1145am for 12pm start, Q + A session at end of discussion. Free.


The Red Chair project - Simon Woolf

The Red Chair

At ArtSelect Gallery in Newmarket from 30 May, The Red Chair Project by Simon Woolf is about a Chair, its travels, its originality, and its ability to start a conversation! RSVP their opening night via the gallery link!


Sony Auckland Photo Day - People's Choice prizes

Counting down to our new 2024 edition of Sony Auckland Photo Day, which is sponsored by our new partner Sony NZ. Save the date - 8th June 2024, Saturday.

Sony black square 

Sony New Zealand's Aaron Key, Digital Imaging Product Specialist, said "Sony NZ is delighted to sponsor the 2024 Auckland Photo Day as part of our ongoing commitment to support the New Zealand photographic community".

This year’s amazing prizes (Terms and Conditions apply) include new People's Choice goodies:

*NB: The discount code cannot be used to purchase PlayStation products.

1st Prize - SONY Alpha 6700 + 16-55G lens

Sony Alpha 6700 camera prize


Online Programme - Matt Dowman

Matt Dowman; Sunshine

Instagram presentation by Matt Dowman, street photography, whimsical and thoughtful take on the city we share, Auckland, NZ. Image by Matt Dowman; Sunshine. See all his images on Instagram.


When Mauve Does The Tango - Pah Homestead

Curated from The Arts House Trust collection with works by Andrea Gardner, Layla Rudneva-McKay, Zahra Killeen-Chance & Solomon Mortimer. When Mauve Does the Tango is an exploration of Staged Photography. Works by Andrea Gardner, and by the other artists, show the artist (or other people) as characters inserted into the compositions.

Layla Rudneva: Blue

Layla Rudneva, Blue, 2009, C-Type print, Collection of the Arts House Trust

Full 2024 Festival programme announced here.


Aotearoa Music Photography Award 2024 - Closing soon

How does one capture, visually, what is supposed to be captured aurally? Last weekend to enter, deadline is 20 May AFP is accepting entries for the Aotearoa Music Photography Award 2024 with the prize winners announced: 30 May.

The award prizes include (Terms & Conditions apply) 1st prize - $1250 cash, 2nd prize - $500 cash and a People's Choice prize - $250 Prezzy card (like a preloaded debit card). Decided by public vote. Likewise, opportunity to participate in the future exhibitions including AFP 2025 plus other digital/projections/promotion of your winning image. ENTER HERE

People's Choice voting starts on 22nd May for one week, closing 29th May. Stand by!

This year’s judge is Federico Monsalve, NZ/Auckland based editor and journalist, former editor of D Photo Magazine (New Zealand's leading photography magazine) who has worked within the photography sector to publish news stories, building an archive of written and visual editorial over many years, and career stretching across the arts sector.

2024 Aotearoa Music Photo Award promo


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