Coming soon - Festival Zine

"Coming Soon" a Zine on the 'Believe' Festival theme 2024, we're delighted to publish this with the support of The Gerrard and Marti Friedlander Charitable Trust for their support of the Festival 2024 Zine production, writing, printing and distribution for educational outcomes. We look forward to sharing this special edition zine over the next few weeks.
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Cover image: Pillars of Creation (MIRI Image) by: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI, J. DePasquale (STScI), A. Pagan (STScI) Deep Space, Queens Wharf Fence 29 May – 30 June

Festival 2024 Dates

Festival 2024 Dates

Festival 2024 - Theme

Believe [whakapono]  is our theme for 2024 Festival. With a submission period opening in January 2024 through to approx end of Feb 2024, deadline to be confirmed.

You can keep up to date via our enews or our other digital communications.


Kōwhai trees inspire creative blossoming of new Japan/New Zealand photography project

Auckland Festival of Photography and our project partner in Tokyo, T3 International Photo Festival, are in the starting stage of our new “Kōwhai Residency” (c) which opened for applications from NZ based practitioners and artists in June 2023.

Our 2023 research resident artist has been announced -

This August we are delighted to announce the first NZ photographer to undertake the Kōwhai Residency in Tokyo, Japan is Hannah Rose Arnold.

Hannah says “I am thrilled to be selected for the first Kōwhai Research Residency to Tokyo, and am excited to embark on this journey, fostering artistic relationships between our island nations. I have much respect and admiration for Japanese artisans, and am excited to exchange methodology, culture and inspiration.”

The inaugural Kōwhai Residency is for support of a artist to undertake new research in Japan and for the development of their photography practice. We aim for the residency to offer transformational outcomes for emerging / mid-career lens-based artists from Aotearoa who are well placed to capitalise on this unique and significant opportunity to gain international success in multiple specific outcomes and new pathways.

Completion presentationa and talk by Hannah in TIP, Japan. View photos here -

Thanks to the generous support of Asia New Zealand Foundation Te Whītau Tūhon, and our support programme in Japan, Tokyo Institute of Photography.


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August 2023.

Alex Mao Youth Award 2023

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In 2023 Image Auckland [tāmaki makaurau] are delighted to present the 5th annual Award that took place again during June. Winners have been announced in late June.

See all our wonderful Youth Photo Award winners since 2019. To date over $6600 has been Awarded to support Youth photography in NZ through this Award.

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Festival Launch: Music Photo Awards 1st prize winner

 Our 2023 Aotearoa Music Photo Award winners, 1st prize Andrew Cornaga and 2nd prize Amanda Hodge were unveiled at our launch event on 26th May.

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Prizes sponsored by The Bass Player Ltd and Pacific Culture and Arts Exchange Centre.


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Photobook Friday II 2022 – Japan

In this October update, ‘Image Auckland’ is pleased to release details of our exclusive event in November with key practitioners, Ihiro Hayami, T3 PHOTO FESTIVAL TOKYO: Founder, Director, and ex-publishing editor-in-chief of the photo magazine “PHaT PHOTO” for CMS Co. Ltd & artist Emi Higano, Tokyo.

Alongside this presentation, which is motivated and informed by the attendance of founder and director of T3 Tokyo Photo Festival, Ihiro Hayami and practising artist and photographer, Emi Higano, will be a selection of books from Japanese artists collected at international Festivals or donated to the Festival by the Tokyo Museum of Photography, Japan, the Higashikawa International Photo Festival, Hokkaido and T3 Tokyo Photo Festival’s educational arm, Tokyo Institute of Photography. These wonderful photobooks will be on display for a limited time, at our exclusive ‘Photobook Friday II 2022 – Japan’ afternoon on November 11th 2022. Free event.

Photobook Friday - Japan

From 2pm come along to look at the books and from 5pm to 6.30pm listen to our Japanese photography presentation by Ihiro Hayami and artist and photographer, Emi Higano, Tokyo, Japan. Ends 7pm. Venue is Ellen Melville Centre, City.


30 Sept 2022 update - ‘Image Auckland’ is pleased to confirm, an exclusive event in New Zealand in November with key practitioners, Ihiro Hayami, T3 PHOTO FESTIVAL TOKYO: Founder, Director, and ex-publishing editor-in-chief of the photo magazine “PHaT PHOTO” for CMS Co. Ltd & artist Emi Higano, Japan for cultural collaboration, working towards a joint NZ/Japanese photography legacy project.

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Ihiro and Emi will be in Auckland, 10th November – 15th November, to give insightful international presentations about their projects, their Festival and photography talks, along with researching Auckland based visual imaging organisations and meeting artists and students.

This is an exclusive ‘Image Auckland’ project around Japanese practice and photography education and to explore the artform and interact in a New Zealand setting.

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T3 PHOTO FESTIVAL TOKYO is a photo festival with three pillars: (1) photo exhibitions, (2) talks and events, and (3) student projects, with the vision of being an Asian hub that nurtures the next generation of photography culture there. And the educational organisation, Tokyo Institute of Photography is the presenting partner and one of Tokyo’s leading photographic learning spaces and incorporates exhibition space, the 72 Gallery in the Tokyo area called Kyobashi. We will be announcing full schedule at the start of October. Save the dates! 10th – 15th November.

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We are excited about this project and look forwards to developing closer ties between Auckland and Tokyo, starting with research and development of the Festival's Japanese partnership with T3 Photo Festival, Tokyo and TIP, in Tokyo.


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‘Disruption’ spearheads to Asia

Auckland Festival of Photography proudly presents, at the Pingyao International Photography Festival in China this month, September 2022, part of our Disruption [raruraru] theme, a New Zealand fine art exhibition featuring Felicity Jones, Chris Leskovsek and Mark Smith.

We are delighted to be exhibiting the excellent New Zealand fine art series by Mark Smith and Felicity Jones, Cases Studies South. This series highlights the introduction of non-native fauna and flora in the early colonial settlement years and the subsequent disruption to the landscape caused by these introduced plants.

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Dr Ward’s Case #1, Te Henga, 2018, Import . (From Case Studies - 2019)

Cases Studies South will be shown in Pingyao alongside a selection of black and white work by Chris Leskovsek, which speaks to the Disruption theme.

"…and all of a sudden covid happened and the world stopped. Shortly I found refuge in my photo archive which became my window to the outside. Through that process I realised how nature had impacted me in more ways than I ever imagined over the years. Then I looked closely and thought that, sadly, it takes a hard hit like a pandemic for us to realise how much we need nature yet how much damage we have caused... and the clock keeps ticking. "  Chris Leskovsek.

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Chris Leskovsek - From his 'Disrupt' selection

Chris shoots in moody black and white, his photographs providing insight to an outsider’s view of New Zealand, disruptive to the image of sun, sea and surf the city normally projects. Photography has been a way for him to explore and document his new country, New Zealand as a Chilean immigrant. His street photography exploring Auckland for two years culminated in the self-published photo zines, Observations.

Watch our archive video of their Festival lightbox show in Freyberg Square here.

 “One of AFP’s key strategic outcomes is to inspire the imagination, to raise the profile of New Zealand photographic excellence by supporting emerging, mid-career and established New Zealand photographers,” Auckland Festival of Photography Trust says. “AFP is a founding member of the Asia Pacific Photoforum since 2010 and celebrates its 12th anniversary in 2022, whilst this exhibition was originally conceived and specifically curated for our June Festival’s ‘Disruption’ theme, we are pleased to include some new works at the Pingyao International Photography Festival to support strategic leverage of our partnerships with the Asia Pacific Photoforum and provide international exposure for the New Zealand artists in our programme.”

Pingyao is the world’s largest photography Festival and this is the 8th exhibition the Auckland Festival of Photography has presented within their annual international programme.

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