Welcome to Festival Zone for December 2021.

 The Auckland Festival of Photography Trust and team hope you are all well, making the best of it and helping save lives. Kia Kaha.

Auckland Festival of Photography - Red Light


2022 Festival dates – nomad programming

We are delighted to announce timings for our open call for submissions/entries for the April/May Awards, and our theme for 2022 Festival. Call for submissions for our Festival open call starts 17 January, deadline 30th March 2022. Your participation can be ‘in Venue’ ‘Online’ or ‘Outdoors’. More details on our stable of Awards from January.

    ANUPAM HATUI; Auckland welcomes 2016; New Year Fireworks At Auckland

As the pandemic rolls on, sticking to our established June timeframe presents us with the potential to innovate and be more flexible with lead activities before the June dates.  See our Taking Part page.

Theme - Disruption [raruraru]

In a world experiencing stress on our natural eco, weather and enviromental related systems, and with impacts on socio economic and geo political world order due to the troubling cross over of the climate crisis, what is the photographers' and artists' role in articulating these issues both here in New Zealand and globally? What are the other disruptive influences and elements on our society? We will invite and curate a bespoke programme of works around this theme.

The 2022 Festival theme is “Disruption” [raruraru].


Season's Greetings 2021

The Auckland Festival of Photography Trust wish all our stakeholders, sponsors, galleries, photographers a very good summer season and holiday break over Christmas and New Year. We hope you all have a great start to summer and stay safe.

Peace On Earth

From our extensive archive of public projects delivered over the last 18 years, we share this image from 'Manukau Flightpath'. It was a Festival project providing a unique exclusive outdoor event of aerial photography, a first for the Auckland region. This outdoor exhibition was derived from the aerial mapping of the Manukau region for the GIS project. This photograph shows the Peace on Earth message by christmas tree growers in Mangere. Flying over the landscape we become all to aware of our planet's beauty, fragility and the impact we have on it.

 "each landscape is formed by the point of view of the spectator: it is a spiritual experience, the reflection of a culture" (Magnum Landscape, Phaidon Press Limited).

Before the advent of drones the regional GIS aerial photography project was carried out with all the legacy agencies including Manukau City Council for the purpose of planning and development projects including future stormwater requirements.

Auckland Photo Day exhibition

Takapuna Exhibition

Celebration of Auckland and its Culture.

Takapuna is proud to host an outdoor street photography exhibition by the Auckland Festival of Photography, presented by Image Auckland and I Love Takapuna. The exhibition is a selection of the best images from Auckland Photo Day, which celebrate Auckland and its culture.

And adjacent at Shore City is the pop up indoor walk way of photos which feature an exciting extra 15 of our favourites from the entries over the last decade. Go see this soon.

Until 31st January 2022.

Image above by Tuan Nguyen - Beach Yoga

Online - International

Ballarat International Foto Biennale’s Conversations Online series, which presented a free series of online conversations and presentations, delving into some of the Biennale’s leading exhibitions and artists including the Linda McCartney: Retrospective, Alix Marie, Erik Kessels, Irene Fenara and Chow and Lin. Recordings of these events are now available for you to view at your own leisure.


BIFB Linda McCartney


Singapore International Photo Festival

Call for Submissions – Open Call – Early Bird Deadline 20th December 2021 - Fees apply.

SIPF 2022 Open Call


Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops – Recently announced their 2nd round of grants to emerging artists from Asia see the winning projects here - https://angkor-photo.com/creation-grant-recipients/


Daylight Books – Multimedia stories online. Fanny Beckman's ongoing project 'Women of My Generation' celebrates women with all types of bodies. According to England's National Health Service eating disorders are responsible for more life loss than any other mental health condition and Beckman encourages women to feel confident regardless of 'body size, socio- economic background, sexuality and ethnicity.'


Photo London Digital - To celebrate the recent opening of ‘Amazônia’ at the Science Museum in London, Photo London are delighted to release on the Archive Sebastião Salgado’s conversation with gallerist Peter Fetterman, where he brings us behind the scenes of this project and on a journey through the Amazon with him. Image - Marauiá mountain range. Yanomami Indigenous Territory. Municipality of São Gabriel da Cachoeira, state of Amazonas, 2018. © Sebastião SALGADO Published by TASCHEN.

Red light, green light - Information for 2022 Festival activities: COVID-19

Charles_Roux; Isolation Panda Bears

Charles Roux; Isolation Panda Bears - Lockdown

Top priority is the safety and wellbeing of our Festival team members, participating artists and public across the Festival activities next year. For the suppression of transmission of COVID-19, showing a vaxx pass will be a condition of attendance at any indoor venues under the care and control of the Trust at any of the traffic light settings. Independent venues, galleries and community spaces will each have their own guidelines and compliance, so please check these ahead of your visit.

The Auckland Festival of Photography endorses the Guidelines for Events - https://www.business.govt.nz/covid-19/covid-19-protection-framework/events/

Please check the exhibition/project/event you are proposing to take place in the Festival complies with the COVID-19 code for event organisers.

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