About the competition
During 2017, The Kauri Museum is celebrating the work of New Zealand photographer Tudor Collins with a major exhibition. The “Kauri Cameraman” is perhaps best known for his work in the kauri forest and in his later years, joined forces with two other kauri fanatics – A.H. Reed and Mervyn Sterling. The three men shared a passion to promote the conservation of the remaining forests and preserve the history of the kauri industries, the timber and the gum.
“Trees that took a thousand or more years to grow were felled in a day, and it is not without feelings of shame that we reflect on the devastation that was wrought among the giants of the forest…” – Tudor Collins
With only 4% of our ancient forests remaining and those that remain are now facing the threat of kauri die-back disease, The Kauri Museum has initiated an online photography competition as part of its ongoing support of the programme to “Keep Kauri Standing” and stop the spread of this deadly disease. The theme of “All Things Kauri” will highlight the importance and diversity of kauri through the modern camera lens.
Support the programme to ‘Keep Kauri Standing‘.
- The competition is open to residents and students of Kaipara, Whangarei and Far North districts
- Entries open on Monday 12 June and close Monday 10 July
- Images must be uploaded to The Kauri Museum website where the judges will make their choice of four finalists from each category
- The finalists will re-submit their entries as display-ready works for exhibition at The Kauri Museum
- Awards will be presented for each of the categories at the opening function on Friday 4 August
- Finalists have the opportunity to sell their original work and/or a limited edition of prints (maximum 10) through The Kauri Museum Gift Store for the duration of the exhibition
- Members of the public can vote for their favourite image over all categories either online or at The Kauri Museum. The entry with the most public votes will receive the Tudor Collins People’s Choice Award and will be announced at the conclusion of the exhibition.
How to enter
Please read the terms and conditions of entry before completing your entry application. All entrants must submit an entry form and upload a maximum of three images of 2MB or less for the online competition. Entry fees are:
Primary school student (years 1 – 8) First entry $10.00 each additional entry $5.00 to a maximum of three (3) entries
Secondary school student (years 9 – 13) First entry $10.00 each additional entry $5.00 to a maximum of three (3) entries
Open (adult) First entry $15.00 each additional entry $10.00 to a maximum of three (3) entries
Payment can be made online or by sending a cheque made out to The Kauri Museum. Address and contact information for The Kauri Museum can be found here. Direct credit payment can made to The Kauri Museum Bank account 03 0498 0747098 00 with the reference ‘Photo’ and your Surname and Initial.
Introducing our judges
Bachelor of Graphic Design, AUT 2009
People’s Choice Photographer of the Year (NZ Geographic) – 2014
Runner-Up Wildlife Photographer of the Year (NZ Geographic) – 2014
HC Wildlife Photographer of the Year (NZ Geographic) – 2012
Author of For the Love of Horses 2014, Stallion Challenges 2015, Mustang Ride 2016, Ranger the Kaimanawa Stallion 2016, Saving the Snowy Brumbies on sale October 2017
Stephen Davies is a New Zealand artist and curator who has been exhibiting his work for over twenty years, both in New Zealand and the UK.
Stephen holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts (Auckland) and a Master of Arts (Fine Art) from the Winchester School of Art (UK).
As well as a practising artist, Stephen is a past Manager/Curator of the Invercargill Public Art Gallery.
Vote for your favourite
Voting for your favourite image will open once entries have been uploaded and the judges have chosen their finalists. Voting opens on Monday 17 July. The image with the most votes by the end of the exhibition will win the “Tudor Collins People’s choice award”.
Amateur Photographer of the year for primary school students, years 1-8
Amateur Photographer of the Year for secondary school students, years 9-13
Open Photographer of the Year
Special exhibition: Tudor Collins, Man of Many Faces
The Kauri Museum is pleased to present our latest special exhibition, which dives into the world of renowned photographer Tudor Collins. Famous for capturing an essence of early New Zealand through his skill with photography, Tudor led a varied life, pursuing a number of careers including soldier, sailor, entrepreneur, bushman and farmer. Take a glimpse into Tudor’s past through an amazing collection of photographs and personal items from the collections of The Kauri Museum, the National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Albertland & Districts Museum and Warkworth Districts Museum.
Entry to the exhibition is free with admission to The Kauri Museum.
Exhibition on now until 9 December 2018.