Calendar 2019

Updated 13 May 2019

Spotlight: World Press Photo

29 June–28 July
Smith and Caughey’s, Auckland

Witness the winners of the world’s most prestigious annual photojournalism competition as the 2019 World Press Photo Exhibition comes to Auckland.

An event designed to recognize the vital talent of committed photojournalists the world over, World Press Photo celebrates the artists and journalists who keep us connected to newsworthy events around the globe, from the catastrophic to the intimate. This latest competition saw 4738 photographers from 129 different countries submit 78,801 images — but there can be only one champion.

John Moore

John Moore

Ingo Arndt

Ingo Arndt

This year’s top prize was awarded to Getty Images photographer John Moore, for his heartbreaking Crying Girl on the Border photo, depicting Honduran toddler, Yanela Sanchez, crying as she and her mother, Sandra Sanchez, are taken into custody by US border officials in Texas. The image, which also won first prize in the ‘Spot News’ category, is a damning look at the human effects of the Trump Administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ border policy.

A new category was introduced to the competition this year; the inaugural World Press Photo ‘Story of the Year’ category was won by Agence VU photographer Pieter Ten Hoopen, for his series, The Migrant Caravan, documenting the migration of thousands from Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala.

Visitors can view these provocative winning images in the flesh, along with all category winners and runners-up, when the exhibition opens on Saturday, 29 June, on level six of central Auckland’s Smith and Caughey’s building.  

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Until 31 May
Exhibition: From the Pit
Flying Out, Auckland

The exhibition comprises a sprawling collection of local musicians photographed performing, taken by some of the country’s leading photographers. Head to for complete details.

Until 2 June
Exhibition: Gavin Hipkins: The Homely II
Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland

A sequel to Gavin Hipkins’ celebrated series The Homely, this exhibition explores the similarities and differences between New Zealand and the UK. Go to for more info.

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Until 14 July
Exhibition: Pacific Sisters: He Toa Tāera, Fashion Activists
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland

The exhibition is a retrospective on influential Māori and Pacific artists, designers, and performers who shaped the look of urban Auckland in the 1990s. Full details at

Until 9 August
Exhibition: Women Photographers of Marlborough
Marlborough Museum, Marlborough

The Marlborough Museum hosts a photographic tribute to three of the region’s most prolific female photographers: Winifred Couper, Angela Kennington, and Bridgette Knox. Visit for more.

25 May
Event: 24-Hour Project 2019

This is a street photography project aimed at documenting humanity to raise awareness about global issues and empower NGOs. Over 24 hours, participants worldwide share their cities with one photo an hour. Visit for details.

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25 May
Event: Creative Photography in Napier
A Place To Be, Hawke’s Bay

Bruce Girdwood, one of the Photographic Society of New Zealand’s most decorated members, hosts an expressive workshop amidst Napier’s lush native bush. See for booking details.

25 May–25 August
Exhibition: Marie Shannon: Rooms Found Only in the Home
Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland

The survey of works from artist Marie Shannon makes its way to Auckland, along with a fresh perspective on the photographer’s career. See for more.  

26 May
Event: Edith Amituanai and Anna Miles: In Conversation
New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Wellington

Hear from one of Aotearoa’s most vibrant photographers, as Edith Amituanai discusses her latest project, Edith and George: In Our Sea of Islands, with art dealer Anna Miles. See for more.

28 May–8 June
Exhibition: The Hadzabe of Tanzania
The Grey Place, Auckland

Guy Needham continues his examination of isolated indigenous cultures in this latest exhibition. Go to for details.

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31 May–16 June
Event: Auckland Festival of Photography
Various locations, Auckland

The country’s biggest celebration of photography returns, and is currently accepting expressions of interest. Go to for more info.

5 June
Competition: Tauranga AV Salon
This is the final day to get entries into the Tauranga Photographic Society’s annual audiovisual contest. Head to for entry details.

14 June
Competition: Trenna Packer Salver

The Trenna Packer Salver is an inter-club competition aimed at illustrating the diversity of the natural world in New Zealand through entries consisting of sets of six images. For more information, visit

20–22 June
Event: NZIPP Nikon Iris Awards
New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts Galleries, Wellington

The country’s most prestigious professional photography awards roll around once more. Visit for more.

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21 June
Competition: 2019 Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year

Entries close at midnight for New Zealand’s biggest amateur photography competition. With 11 categories, there’s lots of opportunity to win amazing prizes. Head to to enter.


23–24 June
Event: NZIPP Ilford ExposurePro
Shed 6, Wellington

The New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography introduces a revamped conference format this year. Visit for full details.

6 July
Event: Astrophotography in Taranaki
New Plymouth Observatory, Taranaki

Join photographers Leith Robertson and James Gibson for an evening of stargazing as they teach how to shoot the night skies over Mount Taranaki. Visit for booking information.


10 August
Event: Portrait and Lighting in Ashburton
Emmily Harmer Photography, Ashburton

Kaye Davis, creative category winner, 2018 Nikon NZIPP IRIS Awards

Kaye Davis, creative category winner, 2018 Nikon NZIPP IRIS Awards

Veteran photographer Scott Fowler hosts a hands-on workshop, with models and full studio set-up, for those looking to advance their portrait technique. Go to for full details.

11 August
Competition: The Whanganui Salon

Entries close for the first Whanganui Salon to be held since 1992, resurrected by the Whanganui Camera Club to celebrate the organization’s 125th anniversary this year. Head to for entry details.

3 September
Competition: Dunedin Festival of Photography

This is the last day to enter images into the Dunedin Photographic Society’s Festival of Photography competition. Entry details can be found at

4–13 October
Event: Whanganui Camera Club 125th Anniversary

Celebrations include the club’s annual members’ exhibition for mounted prints, workshops, and presentations, and a members’ dinner on 12 October — past members and friends welcome. More info at

11–13 October
Event: PSNZ Southern Regional Convention

The Photographic Society of New Zealand’s southern members get a convention of their very own. Stay watching for further details.