New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year, now in its
seventh year, is the country's most prestigious photographic event.
Open to emerging and established artists, the competition
encourages photographers to celebrate New Zealand, and Kiwis to
reconsider their environment and society with fresh eyes.
Now, you can be part of making this massive photographic event
Every year the competition receives more than 3000 entries, the
best of which are chosen to be part of a touring exhibition
visiting the city centres of Christchurch and Auckland, visited by
some 33,000 people. This year's competition is underway with some
fantastic entries received already... but we need your help. As the
event is free to enter and attend, we rely on sponsorship from
organisations and public funders, but that gets harder every year.
In 2015, we're also reaching out to New Zealanders such as yourself
to support this celebration of local visual arts.
The 2015 finalist images will be unveiled in a free outdoor
touring exhibition, held in an innovative assembly of shipping
containers in Christchurch's Cathedral Square in August, and on the
Auckland waterfront in October. Your donations will help cover the
cost of installation, photographic prints and hire of the shipping
containers. This year we've also introduced a new timelapse
category which will be presented in a special container fitted out
with large LCD screens and headphones!
For the photographers, the exhibition has proven to be the
launching pad for visual arts careers. Many finalists have gone on
to contribute on a regular basis to New Zealand Geographic and
other magazines. Others have sold high quality art prints and
gained professional contacts within the industry.
For the public, the competition provides an important
perspective into parts of New Zealand society few have contact
with, insights into the nature of our environment, and a wide view
of New Zealand's diversity and cultural wealth. As an important
interactive element, every visitor can vote for his or her
favourite photograph for the coveted People's Choice award.
In 2014, the exhibition engaged 33,000 members of the public,
and the audience award received 36,000 votes-a testament to the
popularity of the competition, the engagement with the kaupapa, and
the public interest in the photographic arts as a means of making
sense of our place and context.
Donate today and you'll help us celebrate the time-honoured art
of photography and the extraordinary natural and cultural riches of
Aotearoa, New Zealand. If you have any questions, or if you would
like to receive a free 2016 32-page calendar featuring the
finalists and winners of the competition by emailing