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 Northland and Old Northland residents and students (From Warkworth through to Cape Reinga)
- 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
Kelly Wilson 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 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.
Congratulations to our 2017 finalists and award winners
The judges results are in and the prizes have been awarded :
Open Photographer of the Year: First Place: Doug Cole- Standing Tall; Second Place: Doug Cole- Skyward; Highly Commended- Suzanne Brown: Fallen
Amateur Photographer of the year for Senior Students (Y9-13): First Place: Aaron Skelton- Kauri Tree; Second Place: Aaron Skelton- View from the Kauri Canopy; Highly Commended: Aaron Skelton- Kauri Snail Rescue
Amateur Photographer of the year for Primary Students (Y1-8): First Place: Corin Parsons- Kauri Tree on my farm
Vote for your favourite
Voting for your favourite image will open once entries have been uploaded and the judges have chosen their finalists. The image with the most votes by the end of the exhibition will win the “Tudor Collins People’s choice award”.