Top Kiwi photojournalist to give free talk in Wellington

HammondZimbabwe01-smlNew Zealand photojournalist Robin Hammond will deliver a free lecture in Wellington later this month, speaking about his award-winning photography projects and the place of photojournalism in today’s world.

Hammond, whose recent work documenting the tragic mental health situation in Africa has earned him a raft of prestigious accolades, will be speaking at Wellington’s Massey University on August 27, beginning at 6pm.

The photographer was this year awarded second place in the World Press Photo competition‘s Contemporary Issues – Stories category for his harrowing series of images examining the way those with mental health issues are treated in the desolated regions of Africa.

The images also appear in his book Condemned: Mental Health in African Countries in Crisis, a project that was awarded the prestigious W Eugene Smith Memorial Fund grant, given annually to a photography working in the area of humanistic photography.

Having worked throughout the world documenting some of the most dire and dangerous situations around the globe – including being arrested on spying allegations while shooting in Zimbabwe – Hammond’s talk will no doubt be ...full story

Iris ’14: Travel, Wedding Classic and Creative

Continuing D-Photo‘s online coverage of this year’s Iris Professional Photography Awards, we are proud to present the winning images in the Travel, Wedding Classic and Wedding Creative categories.

Travel category: Mike Hollman

Auckland’s Mike Hollman makes his second showing in the champions list by taking the top travel spot of the year, a title he continues to hold from last year’s Iris Awards. The richly detailed winning images come from Mike’s travels in China.

(C) Copyright Mike Hollman - Travel Category - Gold Image Gold award (more…)

Iris ’14: Portrait Classic and Creative, Student

Continuing D-Photo‘s online coverage of this year’s Iris Professional Photography Awards, we are proud to present the winning images in the Portrait Classic, Portrait Creative, and Student categories.

Portrait Classic category: Catherine Cattanach

As well as picking up the Highest Scoring Entry award for her extraordinary Gold Distinction-winning portrait, Wellington’s Catherine Cattanach also took the top nod in classic portraits with this elegantly emotive showing.

Portrait ClassicGold Distinction award (more…)

Last weekend to enter the D-Photo Kids Photo Comp

DP62kidsGet your children and camera at the ready this weekend, as entries for the latest round of the D-Photo Kids Photo Comp close at 5pm this coming Monday, August 11.

To be in with a chance to win an exquisite Moleskine Photo Book Plus from Milk Books, as well as have your image critiqued by a pro and published in the next issue of D-Photo, simply email the best images of your children to with the subject ‘Kids Photo Comp’, following the terms and conditions below.

Last issue’s winner was Palmerston North photographer Cathy Tuthill, with the stunning outdoor group portrait pictured here. Guest judge Amanda Reelick, an Auckland-based professional family-portrait and commercial photographer, says a beautiful image is hard to achieve with young children, but this shot is technically perfect with all three subjects sharply in focus, backlit by gorgeous soft golden light.

“I love how they have been posed. Standing together, relaxed with warm, real expressions (look at those eyes, they pull you in),” enthuses Reelick. “Wardrobe has been well thought out and separates the ...full story

Iris ’14: Fusion, Illustrative, Landscape

Continuing D-Photo‘s online coverage of this year’s Iris Professional Photography Awards, we are proud to present the winning images in the Fusion, Illustrative, and Landscape categories.

Fusion category: Ollie Dale

Auckland photographer Ollie Dale wins the Fusion category for the third year in a row. His unbroken streak since the award was introduced in 2012 has led some to suggest the category simply be renamed the Ollie Dale Award. Check out Ollie’s winning video below.

Gold Distinction award


Upskill in geothermic paradise

mead (2)These days there are loads of photography workshops available to the ambitious enthusiast, but few are offered in quite such a sumptuous environment as the upcoming Rotorua photography workshop.

The three-day workshop, taking place in early September, will enable hobbyist photographers to lift their craft in a wide range of areas amidst the unique backdrops of geothermal parks, lush native forests, and charming local markets.

Led by renowned local photographer and long-time D-Photo contributor, Mead Norton, the workshop will leave attendees confident in capturing a diverse range of genres, including landscapes, action and portraits. Other fundamentals covered include composition, picking your moment, natural lighting and digital processing.

“Rotorua provides a fantastic backdrop to learn how to work with your environment to get a dramatic and thought provoking image,” says Norton.  “We have the mystique and intrigue of the geothermal activity, the tranquil lakes and moody forests.”

As well as being treated to all the natural splendour the area has to offer, attendees will also be staying in luxury at the opulent Peppers on the Point resort, with three-course gourmet dinners, breakfasts and lunches ...full story

Iris ’14: Commercial, Creative, Documentary

Continuing D-Photo‘s online coverage of this year’s Iris Professional Photography Awards, we are proud to present the winning images in the Commercial, Creative, and Documentary categories.

Commercial category: Mike Hollman

Auckland-based photographer Mike Hollman this year pulls down the top commercial spot in the Iris Awards with a portfolio of graphically striking architectural images.

 Stairways.   For a feature on Modern Chinese Architecture.Gold award (more…)