The Auckland Festival of Photography is open to programming any exhibition created through the medium of photography. 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. We are always looking for volunteers during the busy months prior to and during the Festival, March to end June, so you can take part this way too - see our contacts page for how to get in touch.

The 2019 Festival dates - 31st May - 16th June 2019

Themed : By Invitation

Core : By Selection & Administration Fee

Satellite : Open access & Administration Fee

Theme -2019 Curated programme.

Fissure [pakaru/piere]

Delighted to announce the 6th annual Festival theme in 2019 is - Fissure [pakaru/piere].

Fissure - Theme 2019

By invitation of the Auckland Festival of Photography Trust, the theme for 2019 is to be - Fissure [pakaru/piere} is the 2019 theme.

As part of our ongoing development in presenting quality exhibition programmes for your enjoyment we are pleased to share with you the news of our 4th international guest curator, is Jessica Lim, director Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops, Siem Reap, Cambodia - themed presentations at Silo Park on Wynyard Quarter, CBD, the 2019 Festival exhibitions hub. The theme is by invitation so if we think your work fits what we are trying to acheive and is high quality art, representative of international arts practice we will be in touch.

The 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. A 3 weekend long curated programme including the finest photography the region has to offer and featuring a suite of exhibitions.

Digital Screens Initiative 2019 - Open now

The newly introduced Digital Screens initiative for projections of international photography and New Zealand work will become a key part of future Festivals as we create an accessible selection of free photography experiences to sit next to core featured exhibitions by well-known NZ photographers.

You will need to register your interest to be part of the Festival with us by the end of February each year. Here is the Digital Screens Initiative 2019 form - this call for submissions will be open until 1st March 2019 for international and New Zealand work - this is not for print shows. Open now for 2019.

Expressions of interest period starts in October 2018.

Core Programme.

The 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.

The Core programme is planned to include the very popular events like Auckland Photo Day as well as selected print exhibitions. Expressions of interest open now. Submit this Core 2019 application by 15th Februray 2019 for consideration.

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. 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.

All who have registered with us and have confirmed with us their exhibition details by the deadline and have been selected for the Core programme 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 are will be needed by mid/late March 2019. 

Examples of Core Exhibition requirements for promotion.

See FAQ for guidelines for Festival entry. Exhibitions across the Auckland Region (Franklin, Papakura, Manukau, Waitakere, Auckland, North Shore, Rodney) for 2019 should be forwarded to Call the Festival Office on 09- 307-7055

Satellite Programme - Independent artists, collectives, clubs or community groups.  

During the 2011 Festival we strengthened our open access, community and artist driven exhibitions which have been the cornerstone of the Festival since it's inception in 2004. The Satellite 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 new Satellite programme is expected to provide an eclectic mix of work.

The support for the annual Festival has grown significantly since 2004. Audience numbers across the regional exhibitions and events were over 90,000 in 2018 a magnificant engagement by all walks of the community, an increase of around 85% on 2010 numbers, and website viewers increased 12% in 12 months to end June 2018.

Satellite priority is given to first-time exhibitors. The Festival reserves the right to select the final exhibitions from the registered submissions.

Please note that any individual, association, organization or group can only have one Satellite exhibition listing in the programme.

We encourage exhibitions from any individuals and collectives. These groups and individuals must locate a space to exhibit and follow the same process for submission as the galleries and venues.  Do you need a Gallery to be in the Festival? Not really, the Festival encourages the use of public spaces or any alternative venue and since our first Festival in 2004 photographers have shown their work in a variety of non gallery spaces including:

  • A swimming Pool
  • Libraries
  • Bowling Clubs
  • Shop Windows
  • Billboards
  • Projection onto buildings
  • Sports Stadiums
  • Online web based
  • Schools
  • Educational Institutes
  • Artist collectives spaces
  • CBD Foyers
  • Migrant Resource Centre
  • Retail Outlets
  • Alliance Francaise
  • Cafes
  • Community Centres
  • Dance Studios
  • a Bus stop
  • Church Hall

All these types of alternative venues would require a bit of research. We suggest you approach the spaces and venues directly. 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.

The Festival does not provide any direct financial assistance to venues, galleries or artists. We are however happy to provide letters of support for funding applications by venues and artists.

The Festival Satellite programme for 2019 is open for registration and confirmation. Administration fee applies. Open now for 2019. Download these documents Satellite 2019 to register or for more information contact Satellite Community Engagement  or phone the Festival Office on 09-307-7055