Judging Panel announced for New Zealand Photobook of the Year

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The expert photography, publishing, design panel for the New Zealand Photobook of the Year has now been announced. The panel is:

Judging panel chair: David Cook, Photobook NZ committee member, lecturer Massey University

Harvey Benge, photographer, publisher
Paul McNamara, Director of McNamara Gallery Photography
Geoffrey H Short, Director PhotoForum NZ
Anna Brown, Director of Open Lab, Massey University.

There’s cash and credit prizes valued at $10,500 to be won across in three categories:

Self published Photobook of the Year
Trade published Photobook of the Year
People’s choice Photobook of the Year

Entry is free and for those printing their entry with Momento Pro there’s a 40% discount on book prints

Entries close 8 Feb 2016. 
All you need is a print photobook published in the last two years …


Book your space at Photobook New Zealand

One of the highlights of Photobook New Zealand will be the bookfair, starting at the launch party on Friday 11 March 2016 and continuing on Saturday 12 March.

The book fair is a great opportunity to showcase your publications – print or electronic –  to a wide range of interested people, make sales and network with others. We want to show a wide range of excellent, innovative New Zealand and international photobook publishing, and welcome bookings and inquiries.

To answer a question we were asked recently – it’s also fine to book a space just to show your work, rather than sell it.

There are flexible options for configuring spaces and we’ve done our best to keep prices affordable.

Bookings close on 14 February 2016 or when all spaces are booked. Spaces are filling, so don’t delay.

CNZ grant

The Photobook New Zealand team was delighted to learn that we’ve received a Creative New Zealand grant for our event. Combined with our generous sponsorship from Momento Pro and funding from our wonderful Boosted supporters, we have the budget to realise New Zealand’s first Photobook event as we intend it. We’re looking forward to sharing the awards, the bookfair and the great programme of speakers and panels with you, and others interested in the arts.

If you know anyone or any organisation who’d be interested in entering the awards, being part of the book fair or just coming to the event, please share this information.

Momento Pro is the sponsor of the New Zealand Photobook of the Year Awards and Photobook New Zealand


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 www.photobookoftheyear.co.nz.



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.
More at www.momentopro.co.nz
Photobook New Zealand is the inaugural event for photography book creators in New Zealand in Wellington from 11-13 March 2016. More at photoforum-nz.org/photobooknz
Media Contact: Libby Jeffery, +61 2 8568 302, libby@momentopro.com.au

Magnum announce photography workshops in Auckland

Photo © Chien-Chi Chang:Magnum Photos
Photo © Chien-Chi Chang/Magnum Photos


MAGNUM WORKSHOPS in Auckland, New Zealand

From May 28th to June 1st, 2015
In collaboration with the Auckland Festival of Photography
Workshop venue: Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, 24 Balfour Road, Parnell, Auckland, NZ
Tuition Fee: 950€

In conjunction with the Auckland Festival of Photography and for the first time in New Zealand, Magnum Photos is thrilled to announce a new workshop in Auckland at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design from May 28th to June 1st, 2015.

Directed by the three amazing Magnum photographers Thomas Dworzak, Olivia Arthur and Chien-Chi Chang, they will offer a new unique intensive photography experience in Auckland through a daily program of shooting, reviews, group critiques, mentoring and editing sessions.

The workshop will end with a public presentation of the participants works produced during the 5 days.

As part of a special partnership with the British Journal of Photography, the editor will work with each Magnum tutor to identify a deserving workshop participant, who will enjoy a special online feature of their work accompanied by an interview.

In addition to the workshop, Thomas Dworzak, Olivia Arthur and Chien-Chi Chang will give a public talk in the course of the festival program – more details to come.

The Auckland Festival of Photography
The Auckland Festival of Photography in 2015 runs 28 May – 20 June. New Zealand’s only photographic festival, brings together artists, academics, curators, students, amateurs and professionals for the aim of encouraging the public to celebrate the art of photography.

Candidates are actively encouraged to participate in the diverse schedule of the festival events. Magnum Photos will present one exhibition, Offside Brazil. which includes work by : Susan Meiselas, David Alan Harvey, Jonas Bendiksen and Alex Majoli. More info

Workshop participants should be able to show a good level of photographic aptitude and a desire to learn. Candidates will be expected to arrive comfortable with their equipment and ready to photograph. Each workshop is limited to 13 participants and photographers will be selected on the perceived benefit to their career and development.

Photographers should prepare sufficient research relating to what they wish to shoot prior to arrival. A story list will be provided for inspiration; however candidates are expected to formulate realistic projects in the geography and time supplied. Magnum will provide a suitable classroom infrastructure and participants will be responsible for their own time management.

Due to the fast pace of the workshop Magnum highly recommends that participants produce and edit their work digitally, using their own laptops. Individuals wishing to use film may do so, but at their own cost and during the time imposed. Lab services will be coordinated where required and where possible. Please specific in your application your preferred media. Please note – all workshops will be conducted in English.

The Magnum workshops will take place at the Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design
24 Balfour Road, Parnell, Auckland 1052, New Zealand / + 64 9 3095970 #726

Please see Full Terms & Conditions and APPLY for the workshop HERE


Invitation to meet inaugural artist-in-resident Christian Thompson

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You are warmly invited to meet our inaugural artist-in-resident, internationally-renowned Christian Thompson at the brand new Te Whare Hēra gallery space; a stunning gallery suite at the prow-end of the Clyde Quay Wharf Development, in Wellington harbour.

Free and open to the public, tea and biscuits will be provided.

The first artist-in-residence, Christian Thompson, is an internationally acclaimed artist whose work explores issues of identity, cultural hybridity and history. He is an Inaugural Charlie Perkins Scholar and one of the first Aboriginal Australians to be accepted into the University of Oxford in its 900-year history, where he is currently reading for a Doctorate of Philosophy (Fine Art) at Trinity College. His multidisciplinary practice engages media such as photography, video, sculpture, performance and sound.

Thompson came to prominence in Australia in the late nineties and his work is primarily focused on the performative exploration of identity. In his performances and photographic works he inhabits a range a personas achieved through hand-crafted costumes and carefully orchestrated poses and backdrops.

Thompson’s artistic practice has been informed by his absorption of a wide range of cultures in his youth. Interweaving traditional or vintage props with elements of pop culture and garish touches from the 1980s, he is known for his subtle references to land and culture of the Bidjara people. His work provocatively explores a myriad of themes from the sensorial replication of childhood memories of the Australian desert hinterland, the critical parody and deconstruction of the identity of the artist, and the mythology of landscape.

Thompson has been included in such exhibitions as unDisclosed, 2nd National Indigenous Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra;Collection, Valencian Institute of Modern Art, Valencia, Spain; Hijacked III, QUOD Gallery, Derby, UK; Shadow life Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre, Bangkok, Thailand; The Beauty of Distance / Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, 17th Biennale of Sydney; Cultural Warriors, National Indigenous Art Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (touring). Thompson’s work is held in major public and private collections including Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands; University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane.

Don’t forget you are also warmly invited to join us for Christian Thompson’s artist lecture tomorrow evening (16 Oct) at 6pm at the Te Ara Hihiko Creative Arts Building, Massey University Wellington.

The Te Whare Hēra gallery space sits at the prow end of the new Clyde Quay Wharf Development (formerly known as the Overseas Passenger Terminal) — an inspirational setting overlooking Wellington’s beautiful harbour.



For more information on the residency programme see

For more information on Christian Thompson see

Auckland Festival of Photography: Asia Pacific Photoforum open call + Sponsorship Associate opportunity

This news  from the Auckland Festival of Photography:

Asia Pacific Photoforum – Open call

International exhibition presentation submissions are open for established artists.

Our partners in Thailand are now seeking work from Asia and overseas, including NZ, for documentary photography work, Chiang Mai Documentary Arts Festival are looking for in depth documentary work from Asia or on Asian communities overseas. They show prints, documentaries and multi-media – http://cdaf.asia/submissions-2015/ this link has a submission form.

And across the Tasman in Australia, our Sydney partner, Head On Festival, are open for submissions, see their website for details – applications close on 12th October.

Now launched is the new Asia Pacific Photoforum website, for this collaborative network of professionally delivered photography Festivals who work co-­operatively towards the promotion of photography and photographic art throughout Asia, Australasia and the Pacific rim through the exchange of ideas, artists, support and cross promotion between member festivals. Like our Asia Pacific Photoforum facebook page too!


Sponsorship Associate opportunity

After eleven successful Festivals, we have established the Auckland Festival of Photography as the premium photographic event in New Zealand, and grown and developed a number of unique events, competitions and commissions within our programme as well as growing an international network of partner Festivals across the Asia Pacific.

We are now seeking the services of a dynamic individual to concentrate and further develop our fundraising, stakeholder support and commercial sponsorship. Due to a ongoing sustainability drive we are looking to expand our income to match our workload and proven track record of success. This Sponsorship Associate opportunity is envisaged as a volunteer position, with time commitment and honoraria level to be negotiated. If you fit the bill, have a proven track record, and think you have what it takes to move our festival to the next level, then drop us an email to info.photo.festival@xtra.co.nz with subject of “Show us the Money” with brief CV or acheivement list. Expressions of interest welcome until 21st October 2014.


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 www.aestheticamagazine.com/artprize.


UCOL, Quay School of Arts: seeking entries for Alternatives 2014

Whanganui UCOL’s Quay School of the Arts is eagerly seeking entries for its biennial Alternatives photographic exhibition.

In past years the exhibition has attracted works by artists and photographers from Japan, the United States, Europe and New Zealand, including students and faculty from the Quay School of the Arts and the Graphic Design School.

Those works have represented a wide range of photographic explorations including pinhole camera images, plastic Holga cameras photographs and a sampling of various antique processes such as VanDyke Brown and Cyanotype, as well as contemporary digital applications, printmaking and sculptural works with photographic aspects.

Entries close on Thursday 15 May, 2014. Contributors are asked to send three to five examples (jpeg less than 1Mb) to r.dibert@ucol.ac.nz, with titles, size, medium and a short explanation. Work is hung, unframed from plastic tabs. No fee this year.

The exhibition will open Wednesday 16 July at 5.00 pm at the Edith Gallery on the Whanganui campus and all are invited.

For further information contact Rita Dibert at rjdibert@paradise.net.nz or r.dibert@ucol.ac.nz.

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Waitemata ‘Obsidian Waters’ Public Project

There’s still time to visit or participate in this photographic project, which concludes on 15 July 2013.

5 Jul 2013 – 15 Jul 2013
Auckland Art Gallery, Level 2, ‘The Lab’ Part of ‘Transforming Topographies’ in The Auckland Triennial.

Waitemata ‘Obsidian Waters’ is a photographic project interested in how we experience this stretch of water and the nature of our relationship to this water that surrounds Auckland City. The project aims to bring a contemplative awareness to this body of water that stretches from Riverhead in the north-west, to Tamaki River in the east. Members of the public participating in this project will have an opportunity to reflect upon their relationship with this water during the time spent in planning and photographing and thinking about our proximity to, and associations with, this water.

The photographs are being installed as a wall of water as part of an exhibition taking place during The Auckland Triennial in the ‘The Lab’ ‘Transforming Topographies’ on level 2 of the Auckland Art Gallery. In keeping with the intentions of The Lab, the photographs will be printed inside The Lab and installed within this context of other works in progress. The final install will offer an immersive experience of this elemental space through the scale and repetition of this representation of site.

The Brief to those who choose to participate: You are invited to photograph the surface of the water in the Waitemata Harbour at its closest proximity to where you live or work. Include only the surface of the water in your image. Photographs can be taken at any time of the day or night, in any weather-conditions, using any type of camera but must be submitted unedited.

Please submit your unedited image and details by clicking the link below:  http://www.jotformpro.com/waitematapublicproject/uploadphoto

Contact details: Cathy Carter at waitematapublicproject@gmail.com
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Harvey Benge: Photography workshop with Sandra Phillips in Auckland

Following the successful photography workshop held last year at Auckland’s AUT University – St Paul Street Gallery, with now NYC MoMA curator Quentin Bajac and Pieter Hugo, this year in August, Sandra Phillips Curator of Photography at San Francisco MoMA will be coming to Auckland.

Sandra has been photography curator at SFMoMA since 1987 and is one of the most influential curators in the medium working today. She has maintained SFMoMA’s position as having one of the most active departments of photography anywhere. Sandra has been responsible for a host of exhibitions including those involving William Klein, Daido Moriyama, Diane Arbus, Larry Sultan, and most recently Rineke Dijkstra and Garry Winogrand. She is an empowering teacher and an engaging personality.

Sandra Phillips will also be in Auckland as guest and key-note speaker for the Auckland Art Fair, where the focus this year is on photography. The Art Fair opens Wednesday August 7. The photography workshop runs over 2 days, Saturday August 10 and Sunday 11 August, and will be presented in AUT’s new state of the art digital design facility. Workshop attendees will receive a complimentary pass to the Auckland Art Fair so that they can go to the panel discussion with Sandra Phillips and Auckland Art Gallery senior curator Ron Brownson on the afternoon of Thursday August 8.

This is a unique opportunity to have your work reviewed by and learn, first hand, from one of photography’s most iconic personalities.

There is a limited number of places for the workshop and already there is a high level of interest. If you wish to attend or have any questions please contact me without delay at harvey.benge@xtra.co.nz


2013 International Photographic Conservators Meeting in NZ

International Photographic Conservators Meeting, Wellington
11 – 15 February 2013

The event will be a joint meeting of the world’s two leading photographic materials groups from the International Council of Museums – Conservation Committee (ICOM-CC) and the American Institute from Conservation (AIC).

These two groups represent the greatest number of countries and people who are doing the most varied work in photographs conservation. They include conservators in private practice as well those employed in the world’s most varied museums, libraries, archives and heritage collection institutions. A number of conservation research scientists also attend these meetings.

It will be the first time either group has met in the southern hemisphere and the opportunity to meet together in Wellington is unique. The meeting will build on established ties between NZ and the international conservation community and will be of particular value to curators and collection managers as well as conservators. The contacts we develop, and the networking that arises from the event will enable more opportunities for exchange of ideas, advice, internships, or fellowships.

Three days will be for the conference and two days for workshops/tours.

Further background information (along with links) can be found on the McNamara Gallery newspage (scroll down to relevant article)

Registration will open in early October or sooner, and the registration form and information will be available via the official conference website