New Zealand’s top photojournalists of 2014

D-Photo is proud to present a comprehensive gallery of this year’s photography winners in the country’s only awards programme celebrating media excellence across all mediums; the Canon Media Awards.

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Richard Robinson, The New Zealand Herald


Kiwi winners in Photography Masters Cup

This year eight local photographers have achieved winning spots at the biggest international awards programme for colour photography.

The annual Photography Masters Cup is now in its seventh year, and the following images from New Zealand are part of the 2014 winners showcase.


Jeremy Senior - Kotanui Island

Jeremy Senior – Kotanui Island, Merit of Excellence in amateur Nature category (more…)

Meet the Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year judges

With time almost up for entering New Zealand’s biggest amateur photography competition, D-Photo would like to introduce the judges who have the exciting task of assessing your images.

Emma BassThis year’s Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year competition will be judged by leading professional photographers Emma Bass, Mike Hollman and Harry Janssen.

Emma Bass is a highly regarded commercial and fine art photographer who has shot for many of New Zealand’s leading magazines as well as exhibiting her own personal projects through the country. She has shot editorial for the likes of Life & Leisure, Good, Taste, NZ House & Garden, Next, and Fashion Quarterly. She has also created portraits of some of the country’s biggest celebrities, including Denise L’estrange Corbet, Lucy Lawless, Jonah Lomu, Keisha Castle-Hughs and Peter Jackson.

You can hear Emma speaking about her photography practice at this year’s Image Nation conference, or, if you can’t make that event, check out her interview with D-Photo‘s Point-Shoot blog about her exhibition, Imperfect. (more…)

Buy a Lumix, score a TV

PanaIf you have been considering getting into the compact interchangeable-lens camera game now is an opportune time, with Panasonic New Zealand giving away free TVs with the purchase of select Lumix models.

Buy a new Panasonic Lumix GM1 or GX7 camera any time between June 9 and August 9 and you will also receive a bonus 24-inch LED television, worth $449.

The Lumix GM1 is a seriously small camera built around the same capable 16MP Micro Four Thirds sensor that powers much larger models in the line. The Lumix GX7 is a premium interchangeable-lens camera sporting a swathe of high-end features including in-body image stabilisation and built-in articulated electronic viewfinder.

The GM1 is available as a single lens kit for $1099 and the GX7 starts at a body-only price of $1399.

To redeem your free TV you simply need a receipt of your purchase from an authorised local Panasonic retailer and to register the claim at Panasonic’s promotional website before September 9.

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Enlist in photography boot camp

IMG_2828A new boot camp to hone specialised skills in particular realms of photography has been developed for passionate photographers.

Following the success of educator Bring Your Own Laptop’s initial Intro Photography course, a series of workshops has now been developed under the Bring Your Own Camera umbrella.

With four one-day courses available, including Intro Photography, Night Photography, Street/Travel Photography, and Landscape Photography. These can be taken individually as one-day courses or you can be a part of all of them to create a full four-day photography course.

The Photography Boot Camp comes about due to the increasing demand of amateur photographers wanting to undertake courses to enhance their skills.

The training company is Auckland- and Wellington-based, and director Daniel Walter Scott initially underestimated the passion New Zealand amateur photographers had for their art.

“I’ve been impressed by the community that has developed amongst our photography delegates. Our photographers want nothing more than to be on their journey together with their fellow learners — they want community as much as they want new skills.”

To encourage this community feel that he acknowledges photgraphers desire, a social media ...full story

Photographer chases crowd-funding record

Peace in 10000 handsA Queenstown photographer is tilting a record-setting goal through one of New Zealand’s crowd-funding websites to continue a global photographic project.

For the last few years Stu Robertson has been roaming the globe for the beginnings of his Peace in 10,000 Hands project, and he hopes to enter the next stage with an ambitious $55,000 funding target through the New Zealand Arts Foundation crowd-funding platform Boosted.

For the project Robertson plans to create images of 10,000 people holding a single white rose in their hands as a way to “reinvigorating the conversation for peace” – there would be at least one image from every country in the world, featuring people from all walks of life.

“As an artist I am exploring our similarities through art and drawing on the phenomenal power of modern social networks and instant borderless communication that dissolves prejudice and makes mankind more connected than at any other time in history,” Robertson explains

The Boosted has just over a week left to go and has raised around 60 per-cent of its goal – if you’d like to ...full story

The only constant: Lea Schlatter

There seems to be little disagreement that the photographic landscape is in a period of fluctuation; less unanimous are the decisions around what the changes all mean and the right way forward. It is this uncertain, evolving environment that four young contemporary photographers are taking a hard look at in their latest group exhibition, We Are Changing.

Lea Schlatter, Ryan Meta, Kate Syme, and Delena Nathuran have come to their unique photographic practices by different paths, but they are all united by strong creative vision and a curious, critical approach to their art. Lea Schlatter talks to D-Photo‘s Point-Shoot blog about arranging the inquisitive exhibition for this year’s Auckland Festival of Photography.


D-Photo: Can you briefly tell us what We Are Changing is all about?

Lea Schlatter: The show is about four young photographers coming together to show an overlap in their processes and photographic styles, and in doing so creating some conversation about photography and the ubiquitous field that photographers navigate today.

How did the idea for the exhibition originate?

I was inspired to make the show ...full story