‘To Save a Forest…’ award winning New Zealand exhibition in China

John B Turner, Director of Turner PhotoBooks, Auckland/Beijing is delighted to announce that among the artists they now represent in China, two gained top awards at the 2014 Pingyao International Photography Festival, 19-25 September, held in Shanxi Province.

Martin Hill (born London 1946), who along with Ian Macdonald and Craig Potton, were featured in the exhibition ‘To Save a Forest… Photographs by leading New Zealand conservationists: Martin Hill, Ian Macdonald and Craig Potton’ curated by John B Turner, gained an ‘Excellence Award’ in the outstanding foreign photographers category. And Wang Qing (born Jiangsu Province, China, 1975), a Chinese documentary photographer, won a significant monetary prize at Pingyao for her ‘Rituals of Life’ essay on Turpan’s Muslim community, which recently won international attention through a New York Times feature re-titled ‘ In Restive Remote China, Uighurs’ Piety and Peace’.

“We are so pleased with the response to our work,” Martin Hill and his artistic partner Philippa Jones said after the award, “and we noticed that the judges found it extraordinary.”

“Most of the concerned photographers are showing in their work the ecological predicaments in our modern world,” Martin Hill noted. “However, in our work we are trying to portray solutions to, for example, the issue of climate change. We are very pleased and proud to have received this award.”

Martin and Philippa noted how well the festival was run with the help of Ms Amy Liu’s volunteers who provided invaluable help and translations day and night, and allowed them to share their ideas with Chinese photographers, curators and editors concerned with the urgent ecological issues they address in their work.

A three-hour seminar by the three New Zealand photographers was attended by over 70 people, mainly in the younger age group, and many also expressed their hope of visiting and studying in New Zealand.

In addition to meeting outstanding Chinese photographers such as Lu Guang, they expressed their delight at meeting so many other foreign visitors from Germany, England, Australia, North America and elsewhere.

In December, Martin and Phillipa will visit Antarctica to complete their Fine Line project begun in 1995, consisting of 12 ephemeral sculptures made on high points connected by a line encircling the earth.

About Martin Hill:

Martin HIll


Martin Hill  (New Zealand), winner of Excellent Foreign Photographer Award, 2014 Pingyao International Photography Festival.

Martin Hill born 1946 London, UK, educated at High Wycombe University of art and design. Worked as a designer in London, Nairobi, Sydney and Auckland, New Zealand, founding a design company and winning several national and international awards. In 1992 began making environmental sculpture works. The photographs of these ephemeral sculptures made in collaboration with his partner Philippa Jones published and exhibited internationally. A book of his photography titled Earth to Earth published 2007 carried writing from leaders in sustainable practice. A film of Hill’s art practice made in 2010 titled A Delicate Canvas. Watershed exhibition examining the water cycle and climate change exhibited at McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery, Melbourne 2014. Works in progress include the Fine Line Project begun 1995: 12 ephemeral sculptures made on high points connected by a line encircling the earth. Hill and Jones were selected by Antarctica NZ for the Artists to Antarctica Programme for December 2014. http://www.martin-hill.com

Chinese text 1
[Translation courtesy PIP Pingyao catalogue, 2014.]

Diamond Lake Ice Circle © Martin Hill

©Martin Hill: Diamond Lake Ice Circle. Midwinter ice cut from lake. Sculpture diameter 1300mm.2011. Diamond Lake, Wanaka, New Zealand

Martin HIll _ Ice Circle translation


Wetland Guardian © Martin Hill

© Martin Hill : Wetland Guardian,from the Watershed Project. Raupo stems. Sculpture height 1500mm. 2013. Boggy Burn, Matukituki Valley, Wanaka, New Zealand
Wetland Guardian  © Martin Hill _caption translation


To Save a Forest... Hill_Macdonald_Potton PIP Pingyao 2014 catalogue cover

‘To Save a Forest…. Photographs by leading New Zealand conservationists: Martin Hill, Ian Macdonald and Craig Potton’, curated by John B Turner for the Pingyao International Photography Festival 19 to 25 September 2014.
Visit here for background info on this exhibition.



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