D-Photo 63 out Monday

Cover 63

Time to get in that summer state of mind; the final issue of D-Photo for the year hits shelves on Monday and it’s packed with stunning imagery and helpful tips for shooting in the summertime, capturing candid holiday moments, perfecting your family photography, and all the best photo gifts for the Christmas stockings.

Here’s a taste of what’s on offer this issue: (more…)

Kids Photo Comp open for submissions

First place - Alan Jones, Learning
First place: Allan jones

D-Photo is once again seeking excellent family photography from its readers in the latest round of the Kids Photo Comp.

This new round has a deadline of November 24, so get the best shots of your kids in to us for a chance at winning an exquisite Moleskine Monograph from MILK Books, as well as have your image critiqued by a pro and published in the next issue of D-Photo.

The most recent round of the competition was judged by photographer Karyn Flett, who picked Allan Jones’ expertly captured studious moment as the champion image, displayed above.

Flett says the winning image caught her eye straight away and conveyed a great deal about its young subject.

“I was drawn in by the concentration on his face and the mouth hanging open while he tries so hard to navigate his pencil,” she explains.

“Then I saw his purple nail polish and I loved it more, and felt as if I’d learned even more about who this boy is and what his ...full story

Bold new exhibition seeks public help


An enterprising local photographer has big plans to turn Auckland’s Silo Six space on the waterfront into a sprawling photo exhibition, and he’s seeking help from the public to make it happen through a crowd-funding drive.

Professional photographer Ilan Wittenberg aims to erect 50 large-scale photographic prints within the industrial concrete space, exposing visitors to his stunning portrait, landscape and fine art work in the Black, White and Colour exhibition, opening next month.

Holding the ambitious exhibition in such a popular spot, Wittenberg hopes to increase public awareness and appreciation of the value inherent in finely crafted photographic images – both through the exhibition itself and a series of free talks during the show’s run.

“Being flooded with thousands of images on a daily basis, we tend to block out and potentially undervalue the creative nature of photography,” he explains. “This exhibition aims to promote photography as an art form. My intention is also to inspire young people by this medium so I will be giving talks to classes and families, describing the stories behind selected images.”

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Eden Young Artists Awards: Rainer Weston


It was a humble Facebook status that caught our eye, when Rainer Weston simply stated, “Forgot to make a post about this … Recently I won Best Photograph/Digital Work and the Best Overall at Eden Young Artists Awards.” We managed to track Rainer down and asked him a few questions about what inspired him to get into photography and where he’s headed in the future. As far as we can see, he’ll be one to keep an eye on. (more…)

New stock photo opportunity for New Zealand’s young photographers

TheShutterClub_Release1OctoberFinalA leading organisation in the stock photo industry is set to launch a new youth-focused project that will give talented young photographers the chance to make money producing fresh images of New Zealand.

The Shutter Club is an initiative from leading local stock image library, Photonewzealand, which aims to compile a new image collection featuring aspects of New Zealand life and culture as seen through the lenses of the country’s younger professional photographers.

Applications to be a part of The Shutter Club are open now; successful applicants will contribute “expressive, emotive, spontaneous and genuine” images to a final collection of mid-to-high priced images, rather than a low-cost ‘microstock’ library, that will be launched to clients in early 2015.

Photonewzealand already represents some of New Zealand’s leading photographers – Craig Potton, Mike Langford, Peter Quinn, Becky Nunes, Arno Gasteiger, to name a few – and the organisations says The Shutter Club represents an ideal way for emerging pros to earn a revenue stream while continuing to explore creatively.

D-Photo catches up with Kathryn Edwards from Photonewzealand to a get a ...full story

Iris stars: Amy Fowler


Amy Fowler struck gold twice at the recent NZIPP Iris Awards, with her two award-winning prints landing her the Student category win for the second year in a row. A student at the photography department of Palmerston North’s Universal College of Learning (UCOL), Amy chats to D-Photo about the provocative portrait that helped secure her this year’s title.

 D-Photo: Was this image produced for a UCOL assignment?

Amy Fowler: Yes, it was an assignment for UCOL, I had the upcoming NZIPP Iris Awards in mind when I started to produce the image though. The brief was very loose, we had to produce a set of five images that flowed well together with the aspect of colour in mind. I wanted to step out of my comfort zone for this assignment and push the vibrancy of the colours.

Where did the idea for the concept come from?

The concept was based on Distortion by Proxy Disorder, which is an issue where parents try to live their own lives through their children. This project in particular was based on beauty pageants and how commonly the children participating ...full story

D-Photo wins again at magazine cover awards

_59 400pxD-Photo is proud to announce, for the second year in a row, the publication has scooped a top award at New Zealand’s annual competition for magazine cover of the year.

After being picked as a category finalist in The Maggies awards by a panel of experts, the cover of D-Photo 59 was chosen as this year’s top cover in the Specialist category by public vote.

The stunning cover image was created by award-winning portrait photographer Bianca Duimel, who contributed to that issue’s well-received feature on techniques for taking beautiful photos of babies and children.

The Maggies organisers report over 15,000 votes cast during the month of open public voting. The organisation was also able to raise over $1800 for children’s charity Barnardos New Zealand, donating $1 from every subscription purchased with the complimentary $5 iSubscrible voucher gifted to those who voted in the awards.

D-Photo would like to extend sincere thanks to all of those who voted for the cover, it’s an honour to have New Zealand photography represented so prominently in the publishing industry.