Auckland is currently playing host to the 9th Festival of Photography, an annual event which celebrates diversity in the photographic medium with an array of exhibitions through-out the city. The New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP) has a showing of the top 150 or so images from last year’s Iris Awards at the Vero Centre as it’s contribution to the festival. I have a few photographs in the exhibition including the album design that won the Wedding Album of the Year Trophy last year. One of my images was used in the Festival program which was pretty cool…
Fellow Waiheke photographer Phillipa Karn (who also had several images in the exhibition) and I went along to the opening of the exhibition a couple of weeks ago, and enjoyed drinks and nibbles with a gathering of other NZIPP photographers.
During the course of the evening, I also discovered that I was runner up to being the NZIPP Auckland Photographer of the Year last year which was pretty neato. This title is awarded to the person who receives the most merit points in the annual awards and last year it was won by Harry Janssen from Redzebra Studios (congrats Harry!)
Go and check out some of the exhibitions if you get a chance. The NZIPP Exhibition runs until the 6th July and locally, the Waiheke Photography Collective have a show called Island Influences at Toi Gallery as part of the Fringe Festival.
Looking relaxed and totally at ease in front of the camera. Ahem.