PhotoForum Website Survey & Update

Survey Update: 15 February 2015

The PhotoForum website survey  is now closed and a huge thank-you to everyone who completed it. We got a great response rate, including 37% from the PhotoForum mailing list, plus a significant number from the wider arts community. This solid response and the many useful comments and suggestions mean that we can be confident of where to put our efforts in the website renewal.
A quick results headline shows that:

  • The majority who completed the survey were PhotoForum current or past members, but pleasingly there were also a good number of people from the wider arts community.
  • The large majority of you get news about PhotoForum from our newsletter, with the website and Facebook in second equal place. People get their news about photography generally from a huge array of mostly online sources, mixed with friends, groups and magazines.
  • In terms of suggested improvements for the site, calls for better design ranked high, better integration between the web and social media, better display of images and use/curation of portfolios. There were also many suggestions for improved content.
  • The top new features that people most wanted were:
  1. News about the latest photography exhibitions, events and opportunities
  2. Reviews and critical commentary of NZ photography books/shows/art fairs
  3. Interviews with significant NZ photographers
  4. Reviews of international photography books/shows/art fairs
  • Over 70 people offered to provide content for the new site
  • Over 85% of people want MoMento to remain as a paper-based magazine, but there was acknowledgement of the greater reach of an online resource. There are also many useful comments about MoMento for us to study
  • Nearly 90% of respondents thought the new PhotoForum site should be ‘A leading resource about New Zealand art photography.’
    There is much for us to analyse in the survey results and our volunteer committee will be working steadily on the project in the coming months and will give you more updates as progress is made.

Thank you all again for this fantastic response – we are really looking forward to building the new, updated and upgraded PhotoForum website.

Geoffrey H. Short
Director, PhotoForum Inc.

Our congratulations to Mark Berger (Wellington)
Survey prize draw winner of a year’s free membership of PhotoForum



Initial Survey communication: 27 January 2015:

PhotoForum’s website began in 1996 has been going in its current form for about seven years – it’s now time for a major upgrade.

We want to revitalise the PhotoForum website and make it a dynamic engaging site that photographers and the wider arts community visit regularly.

We’ve got some ideas for exciting new content and features, but we’d love your help to identify what would be most relevant to you as a photographer or an arts practitioner. We’re also looking for people to contribute interesting new content to the site.

Please help us by completing this brief online survey. [ https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PhotoForum-NZ ]

Everyone who completes the survey will have the opportunity to go into a draw to win a year’s free membership of PhotoForum (for an existing member this would apply to next year’s membership).

We value your response and will keep you updated on progress with the site upgrade. Please forward the survey to anyone else you think would be interested.

The deadline for responses is Thursday 5 February 2015.

Many thanks,

Geoffrey H. Short
Director, PhotoForum Inc.

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