New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year at Auckland Museum

Auckland Museum
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See the best photography of New Zealand in the 2017 New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year exhibition on display at Auckland Museum this summer.

Make sure you pop this in your diary! And it’s free at the Auckland Museum – see some amazing photo’s from some very talented people. And you can vote for the Panasonic People’s Choice award at the exhibition or online!

Ben Sanford/New Zealand Geographic

Photo: Ben Sanford/New Zealand Geographic

Opening on Friday 15 December, 65 images will be displayed on backlit panels to reveal every stunning detail – a first for this homegrown exhibition.

The exhibition continues the festival of photography at Auckland Museum after the highly popular Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition closes on Sunday 3rd December, which nearly 200,000 people have visited already.

“The people of Auckland clearly enjoy photographic exhibitions and we are thrilled to bring this breath-taking exhibition to Aucklanders for free,” says Auckland Museum Director Dr. David Gaimster. “These images portray the diversity, colour and richness of New Zealand life, and the Museum, the hub of Auckland’s collections and collective story-telling, is excited to share them.”

From wild animals to lush landscapes, stunning portraits and hard-hitting photo essays, the exhibition features the best photography of 2017 from New Zealand, as judged by New Zealand Geographic.

“With 65 finalists, 2017 is by far the biggest pool in the history of the Photographer of the Year competition. The standards have increased year on year, and we’ve also seen the photography evolve with changing technology and changing visual approaches,” says New Zealand Geographic publisher James Frankham.

“We’re seeing photographers depict our society and environment in a way that acknowledges its complexity and diversity… it’s as if we’ve matured as a nation, and our visual culture has reflected that,” he says.

The winners of the competition will be announced on December 13, including the overall Nikon Photographer of the Year. The public can cast their votes for the Panasonic People’s Choice award at the exhibition and online, and the winner will be announced in February.

New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year



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