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.

Submission open for Kids Photo Comp

First place

First place: Shannon Godfrey
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 February 9, 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 Anna Munro, who picked Shannon Godfrey’s sweet, candid shot (displayed above) as the champion image.

Munro says the image initially struck her because of it's strong narrative.

“I can feel a sense of expectation in the baby’s face and I love that it is a sweet, honest moment in time that is artistically composed and captured,” she explains.

“The scale of the baby next to the father’s legs is very endearing, as is the outfit. To me the matching gumboots tell a story of a child who will grow into his father’s footsteps: one day the baby’s gumboots will be dirty from work, too.”

For more of the judge's comments and critiques pick up the latest issue of D-Photo.

Congratulations also go out to the round’s deserving runners-up, Debbie Harrison in second place and Robert Mackenzie in third, whose images are displayed below and printed in D-Photo 64, on sale now.

For your chance to score a spot in the next winners spread, have a read of the entry conditions:

Send entries to: with the subject ‘Kids Photo Comp’

Details to include: image title, camera used, focal length, aperture, shutter speed, iso, any additional equipment

Image requirements: around A4 size at 300dpi, JPEG file

Deadline: 5pm, February 9

Terms and conditions

  • To enter you must be the photographer of the submitted content and either the legal copyright holder or have permission from the copyright holder
  • Images should be around A4 size at 300dpi – file size is a clue, if it’s less than 1MB it’s probably not print quality
  • Images should not be watermarked
  • Images should not have been previously published (personal blogs, websites and social media sites are fine)
  • You may enter as many images as you like, but entries must not have been submitted in previous D-Photo competitions
  • You fully indemnify D-Photo and its sponsors against any claims arising from third parties in the event that your submitted image infringes intellectual, property or model rights if published by D-Photo and its sponsors for promotion or acknowledgment of the competition and exhibition
  • Entrants retain copyright to their images and agree that D-Photo may use material submitted in whole for promotion or acknowledgment of the competition and exhibition
  • Entrants agree submitted material may be cropped for editorial and layout purposes and that such altered images may be credited to them
  • Non-compliance with the competition criteria will disqualify entries
  • Prizes are not transferable and may not be exchanged for cash
  • No entries will be accepted after stated deadlines

For further inquiries please contact

Second place

Second place: Debbie Harrison
Third place

Third place: Robert Mackenzie

Shoot the zoo, help the animals

Ceratotherium simumA new photography competition launched by one of the country's leading wildlife photographers seeks to help local conservation efforts by tempting photographers with flash new photography gear. Photographer Trevor Penfold and the Hamilton Zoo have joined forces to launch the Hamilton Zoo Photography Competition, with entrants vying for a Canon PowerShot SX60 HS and Canon 70D and entry fees going to the zoo's conservation funds.

To enter the competition photographers must head to Hamilton Zoo and capture images of the wildlife inhabitants. The winning image will earn the photographer a new Canon PowerShot SX60 HS worth over $600, while other prizes include zoo passes and animal experiences, vouchers for Snapshot Cameras, and copies of Penfold's excellent wildlife photo books.

There is also a category in the competition exclusively for members of the Hamilton Zoo Photography Group (HZPG), wherein entrants will compete for the title of HZPG Photographer of the Year and a Canon 70D kit worth over $1700.

The photography group was another joint initiative between Penfold and the zoo, giving passionate photographers the opportunity to access the zoo all year round, compete in photo contests and have their images critiqued by the wildlife photographer.

For full entry conditions see here, and more information on the photography group can be found here.

Get your submissions in now for DIY photo exhibition

PL Next week submission close for a local guerilla photography exhibition offering photographers of all stripes the chance to have work displayed in a unique show.

Privateering Light is a photographic event conceived by the students of the Southern Institute of Technology's photography course to give any photographer, designer or creative the chance to exhibit work to be 'stolen' by those who attend the show in Queenstown on November 22.

The emphasis is on lo-fi, cheap accessibility, so photographers are encouraged to print up to three images as affordably as possible – think crudely photocopied zines sneakily produced on  the workplace copier – on A3 paper and send them to:

Privateering Light 67 Erskine Street Lake Hayes Estate Queenstown 9304 New Zealand

Each print should also have a message written on the back, along with your name, website and email address. They must be received by November 21.

The images will be plastered to the wall for the exhibition night, and those attending the opening are welcome to rip their favourite down to take home with them at the end of the night – after all images have been judged, of course.

We at D-Photo love the inclusive vibe of the Privateering Light event and have donated a one-year subscription to the prize pool, so get your entries in now for a chance to win that along with a bounty of other goodies.

If you would like to attend the show on November 22 at Remarkables Primary School Hall you must register here – there is also a pre-event field trip and post-event function being organised.

To get a taste of how a guerilla photography exhibition goes down, check out this video of last year's Privateering Light exhibition below.

Win a trip to Sri Lanka and Canon kit

PickersA freshly launched photo competition gives New Zealand's photography enthusiasts the chance to win a 10-day trip to Sri Lanka and a impressive swathe of new Canon equipment with a value of $5400. The Dilmah Tea in the City photo competition challenges photographers to submit images themed around the "timeless tradition of tea, redefined in the contemporary urban landscape".

Those who take up the brief will be in with a shot at journeying to Sri Lanka to explore the country's unique culture and fine heritage of tea-making. The winner will also document the experience with a band new Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR with 17-55mm IS f/2.8 lens, supplied with a Canon backpack and SD card, along with a Canon Pixma Pro-100 printer.

The competition is open now and closes January 23, 2015. Selected finalist images will be displayed at the Photographer's Gallery in Napier as part of the Tremains Art Deco Weekend on February 18-22, 2-15; there the judging panel will select the competition's overall winner.

If you'd like to get a taste for the winner's trip to Sri Lanka might involve you can view an example itinerary here, and you can view the competition's full terms and conditions here.

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.

Win a signed photo book from underwater pioneer

David-Doubilet-with-tiger-shark_CR-Jennifer-HayesRenowned aquatic photographer David Doubilet is visiting New Zealand next month for a series of talks and to warm you up for the events we've got a signed copy of his beautiful photo book, Water Light Time, to give away. Doubilet is widely credited as one of the world's foremost underwater photographers, and the spectacular images in Water Light Time make it clear why – the book covers 25 years of the artist's underwater adventures from the shores of the Galapagos to the Red Sea, from the Pacific Ocean to the fresh waters of North America.

He well be speaking to audiences about these expeditions and more in the upcoming National Geographic Live show, Coral, Fire, & Ice, coming to both Wellington and Auckland. The Wellington show will be held at Te Papa Museum on August 7, the Auckland show at the Aotea Centre on August 9. Ticketing information can be found here.

If you would like to be in with a chance to win a signed copy of the photographer's stunning retrospective, Water Light Time, simply fill out the following form telling us what your dream National Geographic assignment would be – where would you go, what would you need, who are your subjects, how would you present the images?

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Win tickets to World Press Photo

01_John Stanmeyer The annual exhibition of the world's most impressive photojournalism comes to Auckland this weekend, and D-Photo has 10 double passes to give away to lucky readers.

The 2014 World Press Photo exhibition opens at Smith and Caughey's Queen Street gallery this Saturday, July 5, and runs until July 27.

The travelling exhibition is the most prestigious collection of international current affairs photography, with more than 5700 photographers involved in this year’s contest, submitting almost 100,000 photographs.

This year the competition was won by John Stanmeyer with the image featured here, of African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raising their cellphone in the air to try to gain reception from neighbouring Somalia.

Admission to the event costs $10 for adults and $5 for students (plus group bookings are available) – but 10 lucky D-Photo readers can come along free of charge as we have 10 double passes to the exciting exhibition to give away.

For your chance to win simply head to our Facebook page and tell us what your favourite World Press Photo image is, from this or any other year, and why. Extra points for posting the image to our page, but a humble comment will still get you in the draw.

Jump to our Facebook page here, and learn more about the Auckland exhibition here.

Image: John Stanmeyer, VII for National Geographic

Win a Tim Hetherington DVD

af049The groundbreaking conflict photography of one of the most celebrated modern photojournalists is explored in the new documentary, Which Way is the Front Line From Here?, and we have three copies to give away to lucky readers. The death of photojournalist Tim Hetherington in 2011 was a tragedy felt keenly throughout the international photography community, but he left behind a stunning body of work from the world's battlefields, as revealed in this new documentary by Sebastian Junger.

The film tracks Hetherington's 10-year career covering the frontline stories in warzones like Liberia and Afghanistan, through to creating his Oscar-nominated documentary Restrepo, and his untimely death covering Libya's civil war.

Madman Entertainment has kindly given us three copies of Way is the Front Line From Here? to give away. In the spirit of Hetherington's own pioneering work, to win a copy just tell us about an image that has successfully made you stop and think about its underlying message.

It could be a classic bit of conflict photography, a modern World Press winner, or something more subtle like an environmental portrait or provocative landscape. As long as it made an impact with you, write in and let us know:

Either jump and Facebook and tell us about it (and post the image if you have access).

Or email with 'Tim Hetherington DVD' as the subject.

Below is the trailer for Way is the Front Line From Here?, to give you a taste.


Win a premium photo album

D-Photo (1)Award-winning publisher PQ Blackwell has launched a new membership programme for those who desire professional-level elegance in their photo albums – and to celebrate we have a luxury album to give away. The publisher is now making it's stylish MILK and CREAM photo albums available at a 50 percent discount when purchased through the new professional membership service, and for a limited time you can sign on for free.

To qualify for a year's worth of membership discounts you need only purchase one unbranded CREAM album at the special launch price of US$297.50 (about NZ$345) or three unbranded MILK albums at US$262.50 (about NZ$305) and you're in  – plus you'll be in the draw to win free albums for a year.

The exclusive unbranded albums are only available through the MILK and CREAM Professional Membership programme, boasting leather, silk and linen covers; lay-flat pages; art paper or card; and beautifully crafted presentation boxes designed specifically for professional photographers and their clients.

To mark the launch of this affordable new professional programme, D-Photo has a MILK album worth $US175 to give away to one lucky fan – head to our Facebook page to discover how you could win.

Miyako Ishiuchi receives Hasselblad Award

hasselblad-award2014-8Renowned Japanese photographer Miyako Ishiuchi has been named this year's recipient of the prestigious Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography, accompanied by a sizable cash prize. The award, given out each year to a photographer "recognized for major achievements", is worth 1,000,000 Swedish Krona (about NZ$185,000) and was awarded to Ishiuchi at an award ceremony in Tokyo late last week.

The foundation says Ishiuchi was chosen for the award because over a career of 35 years her uncompromising vision has produced some of the most powerful and personal representations of postwar Japan.

"Ishiuchi's work is extremely coherent and developing in a determined and distinctive way; using the camera and all of its aesthetic potential to investigate the intersection of the political and the personal aspects of memory Ishiuchi has been both a pioneer and a role model for younger artists, not least as a woman working in the male-dominated field of Japanese photography," the foundation's citation explains.

Ishiuchi joins a prestigious line up of photographers who have received the award since its inception in 1980, including Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Richard Avedon, William Eggleston and Cindy Sherman.

Below is a selection of images from some of Ishiuchi's notable series of works, including Yokosuka Story, in which she poetically captures the influence of American occupation on her hometown (ideas expanded upon in the following Apartment and Endless Night projects); 1•9•4•7 and Innocence, in which the artist re-invented her aesthetic with close-up images of the body; Mother's, in which she documents items that have been in contact with her mother's body; ひろしま/hiroshima, in which she examines the affect memorialising the atomic bombings has had on Japanese society; and Silken Dreams, studying the importance and impact of the silk industry in Japan.

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© Ishiuchi Miyako, Yokosuka Story#30

02 YokosukaStory98

© Ishiuchi Miyak, Yokosuka Story#98

03 Apartment50

© Ishiuchi Miyak, Apartment#50

04 EndlessNight71

© Ishiuchi Miyako, Endless Night#71

05 1947 16

© Ishiuchi Miyako, 1・9・4・7 #16

06 1947 49

© Ishiuchi Miyako, 1・9・4・7 #49

07 Innocence34

© Ishiuchi Miyako, Innocence #34

08 Innocence47

© Ishiuchi Miyako, Innocence #47

09 Mothers03

© Ishiuchi Miyako, Mother's #3

11 Mothers52

© Ishiuchi Miyako, Mother's #49

10 Mothers49

© Ishiuchi Miyako, Mother's #52

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© Ishiuchi Miyako, ひろしま/hiroshima#9, donor: Ogawa, R

13 hiroshima71

© Ishiuchi Miyako, ひろしま/hiroshima#71


© Ishiuchi Miyako, Silken Dreams #06

Young nature lovers' chance to win a dream trip

ContikiIf you, or someone you know, happens to be a young photographer with a passion for nature and a thirst for adventure,  youth travel company Contiki Holidays is currently running a competition that is worth a look. Up for grabs is the chance to travel on a six-day Costa Rica Unplugged trip accompanied by renowned documentary film maker, adventurer and storyteller, Céline Cousteau (granddaughter of Jacques Cousteau), during Earth Month this April.

Open to young people (here meaning those aged between 18 and 35) around the world, the competition seeks creative  photographic, video or written submissions answering the question, 'Where do you feel closest to nature?'

Submissions should be made to the competition's Tumblr page by February 28 (check out the full terms and conditions here) and three winners will be selected by a judging panel, including Cousteau, and announced on March 6.

Co-sponsored by the Matador Network media company, winners will also receive a scholarship to the MatadorU online journalism program, learning skills they can test while exploring the unique conservation environment of Costa Rica, including its unique Sea Turtle Conservancy Foundation.

You can visit the competition's Tumblr page to view the other entries already submitted before entering your own.