PhotoForum needs your input

PF40_8Cover_Brewster[1]One of New Zealand’s most vital photography institutions is looking to reinvent its web presence and wants to hear from the photographic community as to what the reinvigorated site should be. With their focus as a non-profit organization on promoting photography as a way to communicate and express, PhotoForum is currently revitalizing their website to make it an engaging and dynamic site that photographers, as well as the wider arts community, will find worthwhile visiting regularly.

But they’re not just going on what they think you’ll want, they’re asking you what you want to make sure you get it.

PhotoForum has created a survey for interested parties to complete that will look into how you the website is used and what can be done to make it better.

The survey can be accessed here and everyone who completes it will be in the draw to win a year’s free membership of PhotoForum.

The official deadline for responses is Thursday, February 5, 2015, but we have it on good word if you get in a tad late you’ll still be in with a grin.

And while we're on PhotoForum news, Wellington's City Gallery will be showing a massive exhibition covering the organisation's four decades of boundary-pushing photography titled History in the Taking: 40 Years of PhotoForum, beginning 14 March. Those who sampled the show in last year's Auckland Festival of Photography already know it's not to be missed.

Black, White and Colour exhibition opens next week

Power Photographer Ilan Wittenberg is almost ready to lift the curtain on his ambition new photography exhibition at the Auckland waterfront’s industrial Silo Six venue.

Black, White and Colour is an exhibition comprising over 50 large-scale prints from the award-winning photographer’s extensive collection, covering portrait, landscape and fine art genres.

The free exhibition opens will be opened at 7pm on Wednesday, November 19 by keynote speaker Sir Bob Harvey. It will then run until Saturday, November 30, open from 10am to 8pm.

The artist will also be delivering a series of free public talks, designed to help make photographic art more accessible to the general public, details of which can be found here.

Wittenberg’s work has amassed an impressive series of awards, both local and international, and the chance to view his prints in large format – especially in the unique environment of the Silo Six space – is an opportunity not to be missed.

Come meet Canon New Zealand

Canon Workshop The Canon New Zealand crew are touring the country this week, making stops in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland, bringing with them the latest and greatest Canon gear to test out.

The team are making time for enthusiasts and professionals alike on the trip, offering Canon Professional Services (CPS) members free camera sensor cleaning (5D and 1D series) along with a chance to get hands-on with the latest Canon professional gear releases. Enthusiasts are invited to meet the Canon reps and take the Canon experience kit for a spin, comprising a large range of cameras and lenses.

The events will be held at fully-equipped photography studios and Canon is bringing a model along for the events, so you'll be able to test the gear (and bring your own along if you like) in real world studio conditions.

Everyone attending the events also goes in to the draw to win a new Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II, the company's top-shelf compact camera.

Photographers in Auckland are in for a special opportunity, with Canon not just brining the full kit for trial but also conducting a free photography night walk in partnership with photo educator Three Little Wishes. There are only 20 spaces for this event, so be sure to get in quick (RSVP details below).


Canon road trip dates:


CPS Health Check – Wellington

October 9, 11am-4pm

FlashDog Studios, 10 Oxford Terrace, Mount Cook

RSVP: with your location in subject line


Meet the Canon Crew – Wellington

October 9, 5-7pm

FlashDog Studios, 10 Oxford Terrace, Mount Cook

RSVP: with your location in subject line


Meet the Canon Crew – Christchurch

October 16, 5-7pm

Lightworkx Photography, Unit 14/75, Peterborough Street

RSVP: with your location in subject line


CPS Health Check – Christchurch

October 17, 11am-4pm

Lightworkx Photography, Unit 14/75, Peterborough Street

RSVP: with your location in subject line


CPS Health Check – Auckland

October 22, 11am-4pm

Kingsize Studios, 27 Sackville Street, Grey Lynn

RSVP: with your location in subject line


Canon Photography Night Walk – Auckland

October 22, 5-8pm

Beginning at Kingsize Studios, 27 Sackville Street, Grey Lynn

RSVP: with your name

Limited to 20 spots, get in quick

Top Kiwi photojournalist to give free talk in Wellington

HammondZimbabwe01-smlNew Zealand photojournalist Robin Hammond will deliver a free lecture in Wellington later this month, speaking about his award-winning photography projects and the place of photojournalism in today's world. Hammond, whose recent work documenting the tragic mental health situation in Africa has earned him a raft of prestigious accolades, will be speaking at Wellington's Massey University on August 27, beginning at 6pm.

The photographer was this year awarded second place in the World Press Photo competition's Contemporary Issues – Stories category for his harrowing series of images examining the way those with mental health issues are treated in the desolated regions of Africa.

The images also appear in his book Condemned: Mental Health in African Countries in Crisis, a project that was awarded the prestigious W Eugene Smith Memorial Fund grant, given annually to a photography working in the area of humanistic photography.

Having worked throughout the world documenting some of the most dire and dangerous situations around the globe – including being arrested on spying allegations while shooting in Zimbabwe – Hammond's talk will no doubt be a unique opportunity to hear from one of the leading photojournalists working today.

The lecture will be held in Theatrette 10A02 in the Museum Building at Massey University on Wednesday, August 27, running from 6-7.30pm, and is free to attend – register your interest here.

Image: Robin Hammond/Panos: 56-year-old Rosepina is HIV positive. She recently had a stroke likely related to her HIV infection. Her 59-year-old husband is also HIV positive. They are both on Anti-Retroviral Treatment. Rosepina is cared for by her 26-year-old daughter, Priscella.

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.

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.