Auckland Festival of Photography programme launched

The programme for New Zealand’s biggest celebration of all things photography has gone live today.

The Auckland Festival of Photography has officially released the programme for its 2014 edition, running from May 29 to June 20, and completely free to the public.

As in previous years, the schedule consists of a curated Signature series of exhibitions, a Fringe programme of diverse local shows, and all manner of special events such as symposiums, photographer’s talks, competitions, portfolio reviews and more.

This year the programme is available as a web publication, which you can view below.

Be sure to also pick up D-Photo no. 60 come May 19, where we, as proud media partner of the event, feature  our in-depth ‘Insider’s Guide to the Auckland Festival of Photography’.

Passion and Place: Daniel Max


Daniel Max, the commercial photographer known as Maxy, shares his experience in starting a beautiful personal project, Our Land, and his plans to continue it

Our Land is an ode to New Zealand, a celebration of our beautiful country. An ongoing photographic series documenting the connection between New Zealanders and the landscape they inhabit, it sets out to observe, without intrusion, these varied relationships within our land.


Essentially, this project is an expression of the things I love most about both New Zealand and photography. I want to explore the bond many Kiwis share with their country; that pride in our renowned landscape. Many of us are happiest when at one with the land — whether we’re farming or fishing, or just relaxing in nature. Personally I’m most at peace alone in the wild, on a beautiful vast beach, camera in hand.

I’d been motivated to work on a personal project for a long time, but never had the time to step away from my commercial work, and hadn’t ...full story

Buy an Epson, score a GoPro

PrinterThis month Epson is offering an exciting deal to those looking to purchase a new wide format photo printer – pick up one of two selected models in the month of April and you’ll also walk away with a free GoPro action camera.

All purchases of either an Epson Stylus Photo R2000 or R3000 A3+ printer made between April 1 and April 30 make you eligible to claim a bonus GoPro Camera.

Purchase the R2000, which features UltraChrome Hi-Gloss 2 pigment ink for vibrant photos up to 13-inches wide and up to 44-inches long, and you’ll receive a GoPro Hero3 White Edition, worth $340.

Pick up the top-of-the-range R3000, featuring high-capacity cartridges, networking and wireless connectivity, and advanced media handling, and you get a bonus GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition, worth $480.

Be sure to hold on to your proof of purchase and register to claim your free GoPro online at before July 7 to be eligible.

Light in darkness: Neil Silverwood

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Adrian Hatwell chats with Neil Silverwood, one of the country’s very few dedicated cave photographers

The lightless void of a subterranean tunnel system may not immediately appeal as the best place to go exploring with your camera, but to Neil Silverwood nowhere is as ripe with as much photographic possibility as an uncharted underground cave.

“It’s something no one else is photographing, it’s my own little niche,” explains the South Island photographer. “The marble cave systems are quite remote and hard to get into — if you’re photographing in there you know it’s the first time that it’s ever been shot by anyone.”


Upskill at the Auckland Zoo

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If you fancy the opportunity to shoot some photos of exotic animals you wouldn’t usually capture in your everyday life without braking the bank on international travel, the Auckland Zoo has some fresh workshop offerings that can scratch that itch.

Bring your DSLR along to the zoo and professional photography tutors can help you lift your game, whether you’re an auto shooter or more experienced enthusiast, in a recently relaunched workshop programme set amidst the collection of native and exotic wildlife.

There are three types of  workshops available through the Auckland Zoo — the beginners’ workshop, the intermediate workshop, and the young photographer’s workshop.

Beginners’ workshop:

If you’ve got a DSLR camera and you want to learn how to use it to its full potential, this workshop is for you. You’ll receive a run down on all the basics of your camera and how to use your camera beyond its automatic modes.

Two photography tutors will take you round the zoo and help you understand how to use your camera like a professional. There ...full story

Win tickets to hear from world-class talent

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With Semi-Permanent creeping up fast, it won’t be long before a pair of world-class photographers arrive in Auckland to discuss their impressive careers with the city’s creative community – and we have tickets to give away.

Kayt Jones, a highly awarded LA-based fashion photographer and Ashley Gilbertson, an Australian documentary photographer with the prestigious VII Photo Agency, will both be attending the Auckland leg of the global creative festival to be held May 2–3.

D-Photo has 20 two-day passes to Semi-Permanent, worth $200 each, to give away to those who subscribe or renew their subscription to D-Photo before April 22; click here to get your entry sorted.

British-born Jones is renowned for her strongly feminine, cinematic imagery, regularly published in international fashion magazines like VsElleEsquire, and i-D.

Gilbertson has won many accolades for his coverage of dangerous conflict zones across the globe, including the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. He was a recipient of a National Magazine Award for his series in The New York Times Magazine, Bedrooms of the Fallen, in which he shot the empty bedrooms of ...full story

Eyes on Asia winners gallery

In D-Photo no. 59 we featured interviews and imagery from the winners of the inaugural Eyes on Asia competition, designed to showcase the best of positive travel images from the Asia-Pacific region. Here we present a full gallery of profiles from the winners featured in that issue.

 Overall winner: John White, Australia

Stars Sleaford Bay South Australia