New Zealand Photobook of the Year Awards 2015 open



The inaugural New Zealand Photobook Of The Year Awards 2015 are now open for entries until
8 February 2016. Presented by Photobook New Zealand and Momento Pro, the Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in photo book creation, and provide the opportunity to showcase the work of New Zealand photo artists to a growing local and international audience.

The $10,500 in prizes is designed to help photographers produce and promote their publication.
Self Published Prize: $2,000 cash + $5,000 Momento Pro printing
Trade Published Prize: $1,000 cash + $2,000 Momento Pro printing
People’s Choice Prize: $500 Momento Pro printing

Books can be made via any means or print service but they must focus on photographic content in a visual narrative. The entrant must be the photographer, designer or publisher of the book,and only New Zealand citizens, permanent residents or registered companies are eligible to enter. Entrants must register online and submit a physical book, into one or both categories:
Self Published Photobooks: Published by the creator, includes Dummy books
Published Photobooks: Published by an Independent or Trade Publisher

Judging Chair, David Cook, a founding member of Photobook New Zealand, will lead a panel of design and publishing experts as they assess the books’ excellence in photography, layout, format and audience suitability. “The New Zealand Photobook Of The Year Awards is an important vehicle to promote the work of local artists, and to connect them with the growing international community of photobook makers, festivals, fairs and awards,” says Cook.

Entry to the Awards is free, and submissions close on Monday, 8 February 2016. Winners will be announced at the opening night celebrations of Photobook New Zealand on 11 March 2016. Full details and all Terms and Conditions are available at



Momento Pro Pty Ltd was the first photobook company to produce premium on-demand photo books and custom stationery for the Australian and New Zealand market.
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Photobook New Zealand is the inaugural event for photography book creators in New Zealand in Wellington from 11-13 March 2016. More at
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Cathy Carter – Finalist: Head On International Portrait Prize 2015

Our congratulations to Auckland photographic artist Cathy Carter on selection as a finalist in the Head On international portrait competition, as part of this year’s Head On Photography Festival  (1/5/15- 31/5/15).  Now in its 12th year, the Head On Portrait Prize is one of Australia’s most critically acclaimed and internationally renowned photographic portrait competitions, representing a vibrant and diverse cross-section of new and traditional photographic practices.

As one of 40 finalists (and the sole kiwi finalist), Carter’s work is on show along with the other  finalists, including the three winners, at the Museum of Sydney until 8 June 2015.

Prize winners: Molly Carlisle Harris (winner), Glyn Patrick (2nd place), and Samanth Everton (3rd place).


Idyia #2 from the Oceanid series, Cathy Carter

Idyia #2 

Inspiration for this portrait comes from the Greek Oceanids. These were mythological goddesses responsible for protecting the body of water they inhabited, and the creatures that lived there. With the ecological crisis facing the worlds oceans and waterways, I was interested through the constructed nature of photography to imagine a contemporary representation of these mythical ecologists. The name ‘Idyia’ is derived from the Greek word to see or know. And it relates to the idea that we all see and know to some extent the destructive effects of prevailing consumerist attitudes to the environment and in particular our bodies of water. Idyia gazes back at us challenging us to defy her existence and to take action with her.

Water and more specifically the ocean has been a source of inspiration to Photographer and Installation artist Cathy Carter. There is a kinesthetic curiosity the artist explores as she floats in the ocean or dives down to capture these fluid moments. Through the use of intimate perspective she seeks to embody seeing as an experience rather than solely as observation. In suspending the body in a place of isolation and destabilization the work offers a sensuous psychologically compelling encounter to challenge perceptions and frams of reference.

Carter graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2010, a Postgraduate Diploma in 2011 and a Master of Art and Design (Hons) in 2013.

Finalist Headon 2015 international Portrait Competition.
Finalist 23rd Annual Wallace Art Awards 2014
Nominated for the Glaister Ennor Graduate Art Awards 2013
Nominated for the Glaister Ennor Graduate Art Awards 2012
Awarded the AUT Visual Arts Photography Prize 2010

Carter has exhibited in successful solo and group shows in Auckland, Wellington & Sydney and is represented by Antoinette Godkin Gallery.

Aesthetica Art Prize: International Call for Entries



The Aesthetica Art Prize has launched its call for entries, offering both budding and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to new international audiences and further their engagement with the international art world. Categories for entry are: Photographic & Digital Art, Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture, Painting & Drawing and Video, Installation & Performance.

Prizes include £5,000 (approximately NZ$ 9,742) for the Main Prize winner; £1,000 for the Student Prize winner; group exhibition for shortlisted artists; editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine (168,000 readership worldwide); publication in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology distributed in UK galleries and online internationally; art supplies vouchers courtesy of Winsor & Newton and art books courtesy of Prestel.

Entry is £15 and permits the submission of two works into any one category.

Entries close 31 August 2014. For more information and to submit visit


Whanganui UCOL: Alternatives/RELOCATED 2012


Alternatives opens 19th Oct at Relocated Edith Gallery at Whanganui UCOL, Taupo Quay across from the Community Arts Centre in the Heart of Old Town during the Glass Festival. Daily 1-2, it features PhotoForum member Haru Sameshima and Rita Dibert as well as photographers from Japan and the US. The student prize giving will be Thursday, October 25th at 5:30pm, with the exhibition continuing through Saturday the 27th.

Quay School of the Arts at Whanganui UCOL are again hosting an exhibition of alternative photographic processes.


For the purpose of this exhibition we are looking for work that is not just a conventional Black and White or Colour Photograph. This may include: Pinholes, images made by plastic cameras, Cyanotypes, Gum Bichromates, Vandykes, Palladiums, Platinums, Pigment Digital Prints (please no Fractals), and three dimensional photographic constructs. Also anything else photographic you may come up with outside the norm!

ENTRY CONDITIONS: For full eligibility and entry details click HERE

Any questions: contact 06 965 3800 (ext 62359)

Please note: Full time students and alumni of the Quay school are exempt from the $25 entry fee and there is no fee for submitting the initial 5 jpeg/pdf images to the Quay School jury. In order  to be able to hang the show, return the international work, have an opening and give out some prizes we have had to increase the entry fee this year.

Rita Dibert
HOD Fine Art Photography
Quay School of the Arts
Whanganui UCOL
Whanganui, New Zealand 4500

[Today. New Zealand] Photo Contest

Entry Deadline: 11:59pm (GMT) Monday, 5th September 2011

[Today • New Zealand] is a photo contest that invites the New Zealand public in a unique opportunity to share your perspectives and stories of contemporary New Zealand to an international audience. Thematically, New Zealanders are being encouraged to capture their interpretations of what the organisers call the current “Today” of our nation. This poses an opportunity for every person to express what it means to live here: to capture our daily lives, our environment, and our landscape, which will be celebrated in a selection of winning works and presented with pride to both local and international audiences. As such, the organisers are offering attractive rewards of up to RMB10,000 for Gold, with subsequent runners-up.

Entry is free and open to all members of the public, as they are seeking submissions from people of all paths of life. The photographs are unlimited to any theme, subject matter or genre; participants are also welcome to submit as many entries as they choose, as long as the photographs were taken after January 1, 2010 in a digital format and a synopsis of each work is provided. The winning works will be exhibited alongside the 2011 3rd New Zealand Chinese Cultural & Book Festival and published in China Pictorial, China’s first large-scale comprehensive national pictorial magazine.

The contest is grounded by a joint effort between Chinese organisations aiming to advocate the establishment of a harmonious relationship between overseas Chinese and the mainstream community, through a promotion of New Zealand towards China and other countries. These organisations include the 3rd New Zealand Chinese Cultural & Book Festival, China International Book Trading Group Corporation, China Pictorial Publications, Mykiwi Publishing House, Photowhisper Incorporated, and Details are as follows.

Awards and Prizes

A shortlist of up to 111 photographs will be selected.

One Gold Award will receive RMB10,000 of cash (or prize of equivalent value)

Four Silver Awards, each will receive RMB3000 of cash prize (or prize of equivalent value)

Six Bronze Awards, each will receive RMB1000 of cash prize (or prize of equivalent value)

100 Merit Awards, each will receive one year (12 issues) free subscription of China Pictorial (English or Chinese)

Please note that composed or constructed images through traditional and/or digital methods will not be accepted. Only a limited level of digital enhancement can be accepted, such as adjusting the brightness, contrast, saturation and cropping.

For further entry information:

China District: [Today New Zealand] Photo Contest District of the official website of China Pictorial ( Email contact: Phone contact: Song Haixin: +86-10-6841 4797, Wu Lei: +86-10-6841 4869,  Zhou Chenliang: +86-10-8841 7463

New Zealand District: New Zealand Chinese Book Shop, 672 Dominion Road, Balmoral, Auckland, New Zealand. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 27846, Mt. Roskill, Auckland 1440, New Zealand. Phone: +64 9 623 1683. Email: Contact: Fang Hua (027 623 1683)

Photography Committee                                                                                                                                     New Zealand Chinese Cultural & Book Festival

Geoffrey Short in running for top Lacoste Elysee photography prize.

Geoffrey Habberfield Short: Untitled Explosion, from the series 'Towards Another Big Bang Theory' 2007-2009.
Geoffrey Habberfield Short: Untitled Explosion, from the series 'Towards Another Big Bang Theory' 2007-2009.

New Zealand is feeling excited and pleased about the All Whites’ performance on the sports field in South Africa but we can also celebrate one of our own doing well in the art scene in Europe. Grey Lynn artist Geoffrey H Short, a recent graduate from Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland, was the only New Zealander chosen from 730 candidates world wide to participate in “reGeneration2 – Tomorrow’s Photographers Today”, an exhibition organised by the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland, which presents the work of 80 photographers from 48 different art schools in 25 different countries.

The Musée de l’Elysée is a prestigious museum in Switzerland entirely devoted to photography, that has extensive archives of 19th and 20th century works, as well as a commitment to showing and acquiring the work of both well-established and emerging photographers. As an example of its commitment to emerging photographers, all the artists in reGeneration2 were flown to Lausanne for the opening of reGeneration2 on 18 June 2010, and treated to a programme of talks and panel discussions with curators, editors, gallerists and critics from around the world over the weekend. The reGeneration2 show will be touring around Europe to Arles, Milan, Norway, and Budapest, as well as to Miami and New York in the USA, Pingyao in China and Capetown in South Africa.

Geoffrey’s series of photographs of explosions clearly caught the eye of the curators, as his photographs featured on the museum’s website, publicity material and on the back cover of the catalogue for the show. At the opening of reGeneration2 on 18 June at the Musée in Lausanne on a hillside overlooking Lac Léman (Lake Geneva), the finalists for the inaugural Lacoste Elysée Prize were announced and Geoffrey was one of the 12 selected. This means he has been awarded a scholarship of Chf 3000 and is commissioned to produce 3 photographs in the next 3 months. The winner of the prize will be awarded Chf 20,000, will be selected by jury at Paris Photo, and announced in December 2010.

Geoffrey was stunned but delighted by the opportunity. “Being included in reGeneration2 was a privilege, and now I have to get my head around the challenge that Monsieur Lacoste has set for us. I have a few ideas about directions that might work, but will have to wait until I get home to New Zealand to test them out.” – Report from Kim Yates.  See also:  and

Geoff Short is a current PhotoForum committee member.


International: Black & White Spider Awards honours NZ photographer Aliah Jan

Photographer Aliah Jan of  Waiuku, was presented with the 5th Annual Black and White Spider Awards ‘1st in the category of  Photojournalism’ at a prestigious Nomination & Winners Photo Show attended by 35,000 online viewers (who logged on live from 154 countries) to see the climax of the industry’s most important event for black and white photography. Another image Street Protest’ received  a ‘Honorable Mention Award’ also in the Photojournalism Award Category.

Thousands of images were received from 68 countries worldwide. The awards international Jury included captains of the industry from Magnum Photos, The Armory Show, Fratelli Alinari, Contrasto to Tate and Hamiltons in London who honoured Spider Fellows with 84 coveted title awards in 28 categories. The judges reviewed the entries online for eight weeks before making their final nominations and Aliah’s ‘Dragon Dance’, an exceptional image entered in the Photojournalism category, received a high percentage of votes overall.

“The Spider Awards celebrates photographers who operate at the highest levels of their craft,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. “Aliah’s work represents black and white photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present her with the 1st Prize Outstanding Achievement.

‘Dragon Dance’ by Aliah Jan

You can view the 5th Annual Winners Gallery at

Corban Estate Arts Centre, Waitakere, seeks photographs on theme of Matariki

Matariki – He wa maumaharatanga, te iwi, te whenua
Matariki – A time of remembrance; of people and of place

Exhibition dates: May 28th – July 11th 2010, Opening Thursday 27th May, 6pm
This year, the Matariki exhibition at Corban Estate Arts Centre will combine the annual Auckland Festival of Photography with our established Matariki celebrations.
We are looking for photographers and multimedia/film artists to submit work that echoes one of the core themes of Matariki as a time of remembrance.
Images/works may depict people who have left our lives, the places we hold dear as well as milestones or events that are cherished. Please feel free to be creative, remembrance can have different meanings for everyone and we welcome your interpretation.
While submissions are welcome from everyone, we would particularly like to encourage Maori photographers to submit.
Submissions are restricted to photography or multimedia and film. There is no size restriction, however please include dimensions in your submission. Submissions will be accepted immediately and will close on the 6th of April 2010.
Please send an email to the curator, Lisa Rogers with the following:
– A few sentences on the subject matter and significance of EACH of the work/s you are submitting for consideration. Please include the title of each work.
– Jpg or pdf files of the works – there is no limit on the amount you submit, however please make sure the total size of attachments by email aren’t more than 8MB – feel free to send images in more than one email, clearly marked.
– A short paragraph about yourself and background including photographic experience or otherwise and exhibiting history.
We look forward to receiving submissions – please pass this email on to anyone you think may be interested…
As an added bonus, any submissions accepted for the exhibition and received before February 10th 2010, could be chosen as the image to accompany all of our advertising, media releases and regional promotions (with artist accreditation on the images).
Any questions please email me or phone 09 838 4455 x 203
Lisa Rogers, Curator and Exhibitions Manager