Returning for its second year is Wellington’s documentary photography festival, Photival, which is running 26–29 April.Read More
Having established itself as an unmissable event on the calendar for amateur photographers, the Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year returns for 2018, and is open for entries until June 24, 2018.
The competition is a fantastic way to get your work noticed, and provides ample motivation to achieve a creative challenge you have set yourself. The huge prize pool, worth over $21,000, is thanks to primary sponsor, Sigma, and twelve category sponsors, DJI, Epson, Fujifilm, Huawei, Ilford, Nikon, Profoto, Progear, SAE Institute Auckland, Sigma, Tamron, and Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design.
Last year’s grand prizewinning image, Houston Main Street Metro by Sarah Caldwell, entered into the Monochrome category, excels compositionally and achieves magnificent detail throughout its shadows and highlights, exemplifying what can be achieved creatively when boundaries are limited, whether imposed by oneself or by the environment.
New categories for this year are the Architecture and Smartphone categories, joining the existing Aerial, Creative, Student, Landscape, Macro, Monochrome, Nature, People, Travel, and Video categories.
The competition runs through to 11.59pm on June 24, so get planning that perfect shot, or look to our past winners for inspiration. Last year’s winning images captured tense moments between man and nature; made us question the reality of an image with perception-twisting techniques; froze in time moments usually only perceivable for a split second; explored patterns, man-made and natural through unique aerial views; and explored the personal, political, and environmental.
Check out the gallery of last year’s winners below, and click here for info on how to enter.
Monash Gallery of Art (MGA)’s exhibition, Antipodean emanations: cameraless photographs from Australia and New Zealand, will bring together Australian and New Zealand artists who push boundaries through experimentation. They unearth the elemental properties of photographic practice by exploring the art of cameraless photography from a new perspective with 80 cameraless photographs.Read More
The media will redefine modern masculinity this year — according to Getty Images’ 2018 Visual Trends. ‘Masculinity Undone’ is one of three trends the photo agency has identified as reshaping the visual language consumers will be most responsive to this year, alongside ‘Second Renaissance’ and ‘Conceptual Realism’.Read More
The cream of New Zealand’s next crop of young photographers and film-makers has once again been honoured in the annual Canon Eyecon competition. We look at Canon’s pick of the country’s top up-and-comersRead More
Harnessing her artistic practice to highlight our need for urgent environmental care, Natalie Robertson’s latest project, He Wai Mou! He Wai Mau!, pulls two of New Zealand’s more imperiled waterways into close focusRead More
Emma Bass’ floral-arrangement prints bloom with intoxicating colour and lush form. But beneath their surface beauty, the artist subtly and skillfully disrupts the notions of all that’s truthful and natural about flowers’ allureRead More
Most photographers dream of making their passion line their pockets. But, in a fiercely competitive photographic market, in which anyone can buy a camera and call themselves a professional photographer, it’s not only experience, credibility and business acumen that set shooters apart — it's finding their niche.Read More
If we want to preserve our photography, we need to make sure that the digital objects we create today can still be rendered far into the future. We discuss the topic, and get the opinion of family and portrait photographer Niki Boon, who has intimate experience of the importance of printing pictures.Read More
The photo book format is currently seeing a big resurgence around the world, and local artists now have a chance to get their own photo book in front of international audiences — and win $10,000 in prizes while they’re at it.Read More
Trying to create an atmospheric environment on location can be tricky: fog machines are large, heavy, and require a power source. Pyrotechnics are disruptive, sometimes dangerous, and aren’t suitable in many situations, while dry ice comes with its own safety considerations. This seems a lot to put up with for the simple aim of capturing streams of directional light in our images.Read More
The finalists of the annual Best Design Awards, organized by the Designers Institute of New Zealand, have been announced. Hand-picked from a record breaking 1178 entries, the finalists represent the best graphic, interactive, image-based, spatial, and product design over the past year.Read More