Northland Photography Awards

About the competition

During 2017/ 2018, 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 is pleased to announce that the online photography competition launched in 2017, will become an annual event.  The Northland Photography Awards forms part of its ongoing support of the programme to “Keep Kauri Standing” and stop the spread of this deadly disease. The theme of “Kauri Connections -an exploration of how these mighty trees influence our way of life” will highlight the importance and diversity of kauri through the modern camera lens. Support the programme to ‘Keep Kauri Standing‘.

Competition information

  • The competition is open to Northland and Old Northland residents and students (From the Warkworth rural delivery area through to Cape Reinga)
  • Entries open on Monday 11 June and closes Monday 9 July
  • Images must be uploaded to The Kauri Museum website where the judges will make their choice of 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 10 August
  • Finalists have the opportunity to sell their original work and/or a limited edition of prints (maximum 5) 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

Entries for the 2018 Northland Photography Awards will open on Monday 11th June 2018. Get busy snapping over the holiday season and we look forward to receiving entries.

Please check back here on a regular basis to receive more information on the awards and how to enter.

Our 2017 Judges for the Awards

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

The public has spoken. Voting has now closed for the “Tudor Collins People’s choice award for 2017”.

Congratulations to our winner, Chloe Smith for her entry “Kauri Weathering the Storm”. Chloe is the recipient of a prize pack which includes a 20X 30 canvas print through Harvey Norman, a copy of “The Kauri Camerman” by Paul Campbell and a special edition Tudor Washington Collins Mug from the Man of Many Faces exhibition.

A special thank you

The Northland Photography Awards would not be possible without the generous support from the following organisations: Kaipara Creative CommunitiesBennets and Associates Nauman InsuranceFriends banner v3

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.