introduction - taking part

The next Auckland Festival of Photography will be held: 3rd - 20th June 2021

Festival 2021 Regionwide

We are New Zealand's leading international photographic art & cultural Festival held across Auckland galleries, project + public spaces. We are open to programming any exhibition created through the medium of photography and encourage active participation from a broad spectrum of talent including professional, amateur and young photographers. We encourage festival participation from all levels of exhibitors including dealer galleries, private and public venues, individual artists and community groups. We aim to make festival participation as barrier free and inclusive as possible, in order to reflect and represent the diverse populace and points of view within Auckland.

Registrations + Submissions to take part in the 2021 Festival are now OPEN. Before completing a Registration/Submission we encourage you to visit our FAQ page. If we do not answer your question/s please Contact us by phone. 

Auckland Festival of Photography 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. Our exhibitors have the opportunity to join the Auckland Festival of Photography community and be part of a Festival that showcases both international and national artists at diverse stages of their careers. Read more about the Exhibitor Benefits

Exhibitions can take place anywhere across the Auckland Region, including but not limited to: Franklin, Papakura, Manukau, Waitakere, Auckland, North Shore, Rodney. Support for the annual Festival has grown significantly since its inception in 2004. In 2021 we are celebrating the 18th edition of the Auckland Festival of Photography.

All timings/benefits offered are subject to change in the event of a Covid-19 outbreak during the key deadline period and or for the 2021 Festival dates.

Exhibit through Festival streams: 
- Themed: by invitation
Core: by selection and administration fee
Digital Screens: by selection and administration fee
Satellite: by registration (open access) and administration fee

Themed 2021
Isolation: by invitation of the Auckland Festival of Photography Trust we are delighted to announce the 8th annual Festival theme in 2021. Theme - Isolation: At an intersection of human's destruction of the planet, sits the mass isolation of people around the world due to a bat virus jumping the species barrier. As well as pollution, climate change, the Covid 19 pandemic has put traditional economic values under strain, exposing the vulnerable under class of the global supply chains, whilst mining some of the biggest assets we have as a race - emotion, kindness and resilience.

The curated themed programme will be planned to include Talking Culture series, and our annual fine arts commission exhibition. There may be International work alongside NZ work over the three weekend long curated programme, including the finest photography the region has to offer and featuring a suite of exhibitions.

The themed selection is by invitation only, so if we think your work fits what we are trying to achieve and is high quality art, representative of International arts practice we will be in touch. 

Core 2021
Core programme is curated by the Auckland Festival of Photography Trust and team, and exhibition inclusion is by selection and at the Trust's discretion. 

This programme is planned to include the regional destination exhibitions, established well-known artists and their dealers, plus very popular events like Auckland Photo Day as well as selected print exhibitions. Exhibition duration can vary from two to three weeks, to a weekend special event and can include an artist/s or curator/s talk under the Talking Culture banner. Please note: Shows which start more than two weeks out from the Festival start date (i.e. before the Festival starts) will be placed into the Satellite programme.

Download and submit a Core 2021 submission:

Closes: 5 Feb 2021


Digital Screens 2021
Digital Screens is a newly introduced initiative and shares projections of international photography and NZ work. 

This programme is a key part of our Festival as we create an accessible selection of free photography experiences to sit next to the core featured exhibitions by well-known NZ photographers. Please note this is not for print shows. 

Download and submit a Digital Screens 2021 submission: 

Closes: 19 Feb 2021


Satellite 2021
Satellite programme showcases independent artists, collectives, clubs or community groups photographic work, please note that any individual, association, organisation or group can only have one Satellite exhibition listing in the programme. A decade ago, during the 2011 Festival we strengthened our open access, community and artist driven exhibitions through this dedicated programme, although these shows have been the cornerstone of the Festival since it's inception in 2004. 

This programme is an ideal vehicle for photographers to showcase their work alongside the curated signature shows and for visitors to view new photographic works by emerging artists beside established Auckland and international photographers. Participation in the Satellite programme is by agreement between photographers and venues and the Festival Trust. There are no barriers to participation based on experience, background, or style. Entry is open to all photographers who can pull together an exhibition. As with the previous Festivals' overall programme, the Satellite programme is expected to provide an eclectic mix of work. Non-gallery spaces and presentation of photographic visual arts in the community are encouraged by the Festival as part of our participation strategy, which provides for interventions in our urban environment and the landscape through photography.

Satellite priority is given to first-time exhibitors. The Festival reserves the right to select the final exhibitions from the registered submissions. We encourage exhibitions from any individual and collective. These groups and individuals must locate a space to exhibit and follow the same process for submission as the galleries and venues.  So, do you need a gallery to be in the Festival? Not really, the Festival encourages the use of public spaces or any alternative venues and since our first Festival in 2004 photographers have shown their work in a variety of non-gallery spaces including: Swimming Pool; Library; Bowling Club; Shop Window; Billboard; Projection onto building; Sports Stadium; Online; School; Educational Institute; Artist/Collective space; CBD Foyer; Migrant Resource Centre; Retail Outlet; Alliance Franchise; Cafe; Community Centre; Dance Studio; Bus Stop; and Church Hall. All these types of alternative venues would require a bit of research. We suggest you approach the space/venue directly. Please note: The Festival does not provide any direct financial assistance to venues, galleries or artists. We can provide letters of support for funding applications by venues and artist/s.

Download and submit a Satellite 2021 registration:

Closes: 12 Feb 2021
Early Bird registration & payment has closed. 



Once your exhibition/project is registered/selected to be part of the festival:
All exhibition details must be submitted by the deadline. All exhibitors will be forwarded a link to our programme website form. You must complete this form by the due date and you must send us all your exhibition promotional details - including text, promotional exhibition photos and logos. These will be needed at the latest by late Feb 2021. Here is an example of a 
Core Exhibition requirement for promotion

Stay informed of our festivals and news

Subscribe to our newsletter and we'll send you periodic updates.