Welcome to Festival Zone for the last week of June 2021.

Auckland Photo Day winners announced

 ‘All in it together’ reportage shot wins

Congratulations to Paul Taylor, with his winning photograph 'Saturday'.

 Paul Taylor; Saturday

The judges were impressed by Paul's entry, "A strong standout black and white with a poetic take on a physical contact sport. Like a Baroque painting, the closeness and raw physicality of this portrait of rugby players in a scrum, the expressiveness of their faces elevates this image. It shows a scene in stark contrast to what’s happening in most cities around the world, and is a lasting impression of our region’s successful fight against the pandemic. All in it together. Brute force, raw determination."

Paul Taylor, based in Herne Bay, took this shot in Cox’s Bay. “I like that the image has a painterly, statuesque quality but is of a really common, clearly Saturday, theme.”. He wins FUJIFILM X-S10 Mirrorless Camera with XF 18-55mm Lens kit + $1000 cash.

Fuji Film 1st prize


Aimee Glucina; Half Time

Second prize: Aimee Glucina, Half Time  

Second prize – FUJIFILM X-S10 Mirrorless Camera with XC 15-45mm Lens Kit + $500 cash

Aimee Glucina’s image was taken in Mt Roskill. “I’ve entered Auckland Photo Day twice before. I like to shoot whatever’s unfolding. I just wanted to capture my daughter’s first soccer game and her team. I work as a family photographer and my children are used to being my muse for personal work.”

 Third prize: Jordan McFall, Passing Time

Jordan McFall; Passing Time

Third prize – FUJIFILM X-T200 Mirrorless Camera with  XC 25-45MM Lens kit + $250 cash.

Judges’ comment: We felt this image captures the theme of Isolation and protection of the public, and is relevant to current events around bus travel in Auckland. Excellent composition and framing, drawing your eye into the woman on the back seat. An honest portrayal of our new normal.

 AFP public participation director Julia Durkin, MNZM says "Auckland Photo Day remains a central part of the festival’s participation ethos, giving the community the chance to share their day in our region".  

 AFP’s 24-hour day in the life of Auckland competition took place on Saturday 12 June.  Hundreds of entries were submitted for this year’s contest. These add to an archive of more than 13,000 unique images of Auckland taken since the annual competition began.

This year’s competition judges were photographer Abhi Chinniah, photojournalist Sylvie Whinray and FUJIFILM X Series judge Bernie Shore. 

  Prizes sponsored by:

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Lockdown extended - Queens Wharf

Lockdown promo July

Image by Craig Rogers - Customs Looking For Planes

People's Choice 2021

Announcing the Auckland Photo Day winners marks the close of 2021’s festival which featured more than 80 outdoor and venue-based exhibitions, talks, projections and events.

“We want to congratulate our winners and thank all entrants for their images of Auckland and adding to an archive which captures our city’s vitality and variety. Thanks also to FUJIFILM for sponsoring camera prizes this year. In addition, this year the Auckland Festival Trust has provided some cash for the winners, as part of its ongoing commitment to support Auckland photographers. We’re proud to give back to the community and want to invite everyone to be the judge in our People's Choice online vote.” Public Participation Director, Julia Durkin, MNZM.

The judges’ winners from this year’s competition and their shortlist is open online voting for the People’s Choice Prize category of 2021 Auckland Photo Day is open now.

Voting closes on 30 June at 5pm.

The winner of the People’s Choice category will get the – 

people's choiceFuji Film 3rd prize
People's Choice Prize: XT200 kit
FUJIFILM X-T200 Mirrorless Camera with XC 15-45mm Lens kit. The X-T200 blends FUJIFILM's retro-inspired aesthetics with a versatile imaging system suited for both photo and video. Capture incredible quality images any situation, the X-T200 utilises. FUJIFILM'S legendary color reproduction technology for vivid images.

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