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 are now closed. The judges results are in and our finalists will be invited to display their works at a special exhibition held within The Kauri Museum from Saturday 11 August. To find out the placings-please join us at the awards evening on Friday 10th August from 6:30pm. The results will be posted online following the ceremony.


Meet the Judges for the 2018 Awards

Pam Goode Brought up in Paparoa where my parents owned the Paparoa Hotel from 1971. Completing a Masters in English and Film, I also worked in journalism, publishing and fashion design before settling into a career producing and directing commercial photography and video with my partner Chris Williams. See our commercial work at Currently developing an independent documentary film that has involved filming in Fiji, New York and Guyana.

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.

Vote for your favourite

Voting for the 2018 “Tudor Collins People’s choice award” is now open.

A special thank you

The Northland Photography Awards would not be possible without the generous support from the following organisations:

Kaipara Creative Communities 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.

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