30 August 2023 - Kaye Davis
Come learn from the Photography Judge to beat all Photography Judges. Kaye is the person who taught me how to look at a photo critically. She ran the Iris Judging program for many years and developed many of the country's standing photography judges. She also held the role of shaping the skill sets of some of New Zealand's top photographers in her role as teacher at UCOL. But most of all she is a fine artist and makes things of beauty with her camera. She won the 2013 NZ
Photographer of the Year, and NZ Creative Photographer of the Year four times.
Come listen to her stories, ask her questions, and get her to give you feedback on your work.
My photography is about creating something new from nature, images that demonstrate my own
perceptions of existing objects and lifeforms. These pieces show something that cannot be found in nature,
and yet is wholly inspired by nature, my singular perspective on often overlooked details.
I am a photographic artist working in an illustrative style. I take intriguing elements that I observe in the
natural world – foliage, flora, trees, shorelines, hills – and manipulate these to create new stories. My carefully
composed landscapes and botanical studies celebrate the beauty that exists in nature, and bring this into
domestic interiors. My aim is to create an atmosphere of joy, peacefulness and calm.
Throughout my career I’ve always enjoyed the process of making things: from everyday wardrobes to
wedding dresses, furniture to dolls’ clothes, I relish the processes of planning, drawing, designing, stitching
and capturing my visions. Being immersed in creativity is deeply satisfying: an intense examination of my
subject matter, giving myself first the time to perceive how things are, and then the pleasure of seeing the
final result emerge.
My landscapes are often “found” images, caught at a moment of light that speaks to me, a glimpse of joy in a
world that is constantly changing. By contrast, my botanical studies are usually constructed in the studio as
compositions of light and shade, form and curve, which are taken out of their usual environment. Informed
use of monochromatic and black-and-white photography reduces the bloom to its essence, with simplicity
and elegance my ambition. I see the floral studies are a kind of portraiture that should bring the singularity of
a flower into focus.
My career highlights include being awarded Honorary Fellow and Grand Master of the NZIPP, 2013 NZ
Photographer of the Year, and NZ Creative Photographer of the Year four times
26 July 2023 - Amber Griffin
A Grand Master of the NZIPP, Amber Griffin, is a commercial photographer and creative portrait artist. Best known for her dance and movement photography, Amber specialises in creative portraiture from her purpose-built studio in Wairarapa, New Zealand. Amber loves to collaborate with other creative souls to produce work that transcends the boundaries of expectation and boarders photographic genres. She works cohesively with her clients to create bespoke portraiture that is both meaningful and authentic to their shared vision. Amber's work has received multiple awards at the highest levels both nationally and internationally including a silver and a gold medal at the World Photographic Cup. Most recently, Amber was awarded the 2022 Australian Photographic Prize International Photographer of the Year as well as the 2022 NZIPP Commercial Photographer of the Year. Amber is a country girl at heart and loves spending time in her garden with her young family and their many animals in the sunny Wairarapa.
19 July Esther Bunning
24 May Catherine Cattanach
10 May 2023 - Richard Wood
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6-7pm Is a lecture and question and answer segment with Richard
7-8pm is an opportunity to have compassionate critical feedback from Richard on your work.
Workshops are free for students that are 24years old and under. If you are older than this we ask that you make a donation of your own amount with the recommendation to be $15.00 per workshop. This helps to fund our creative youth work throughout the country.
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Richard Wood is a highly acclaimed multi-genre photographer who resides in the beautiful sunny Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. His passion for photography extends beyond just taking pictures as he also works as a photographic educator, sharing his knowledge and experience with aspiring photographers. Richard is the author of three comprehensive online courses that delve into the intricacies of photography through the Portrait System.
As the director and head judge of the Portrait Masters Awards and Accreditation competition, Richard has made significant contributions to the photography industry. He has earned a reputation as one of the most awarded photographers globally, and his recent accolades speak volumes about his expertise. Richard has been the grand award winner for two consecutive years (2021 and 2022) at the Asia Pacific Photography Awards, and he has also been recognized as the grand award winner at WPPI.
Richard has been awarded the prestigious New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP) New Zealand Professional Photographer of the Year title four times, in addition to winning multiple categories at WPE, APPA, WPPI, and NZIPP. He is a Grand Master of Photography at NZIPP, a rare achievement that showcases his mastery of the craft.
Richard's exceptional talent, attention to detail, and commitment to his craft have made him an invaluable contributor to the world of photography. He continues to inspire and educate photographers around the world with his knowledge and expertise.
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