School Holiday Visual Poetry Jams 2022



Help create a national youth photographic exhibition this school holidays.



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A Visual Poetry Jam

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Up Your Photography skill by being trained by a master photographer

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Bring a camera, cellphone, or tablet to photograph on.  (We have a few extras to borrow for the workshop if you don't have one)


Students who attend are able to attend a year-long online innovation and visual storytelling mentorship program for free

Quick Outline of Click Happy School Holiday Masterclass:


Your Instructor is a past winner of New Zealand's Creative Photographer of the Year


Who is the workshop for?

  • Students aged 10+
  • Creative artsy kids
  • Youth with an interest in photography or visual storytelling or filmmaking
  • Youth under 13 need to attend with a parent

What do I bring with me?

  • Cellphone, Tablet, or camera
  • "A Treasure" something that is really important to you that you will photograph against multiple different coloured backdrop
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When and Where are these Happening?

Spring School Holidays

Tauranga 4 OCTOBER - Fully Booked

Taupo 5 OCT

Ohakune 6 OCT

Central Hawkesbay - 11OCT

Lower Hutt -Memorial Library 13 OCT

Upper Hutt  Library 14 OCT





What does it cost?

Nothing.  The workshop is free to attend.

And if you attend the online masterclass is free to attend thanks to regional Creative Communities funding.




What happens on the day?

3 mini-workshops:

    • Monochromatic photography to develop your colour theory and composition skills (this is the exhibition work)
    • People and Pets - Aperture and Shutter Speed featuring Gritty our co-teacher who is an Irishdoodle dog.
    • Post Production Master Class using Lightroom

You learn how to:

    • Change exposure on your camera - helps to keep people from being silhouetted against the sun when you don't want that.
    • Photograph moving objects effectively
    • Blur the background in portraits
    • Composition techniques to improve people's response to your work.
    • Edit your work for the "wow" factor.



Click Happy Students have taken out the top Young Photographer prizes in New Zealand



New Zealand Geographic Young Photographer of the Year - Mattheus Elwood


De Ruiters Young Photographer of the Year Prize - Ava Thomas

Ava won the DeRuiter Young Photographer Challenge



Grit and Success

Ava and Mattheus are breathing rarified air but it is the day to day slog of shooting, giving and getting feedback that makes a difference.  It is a failing forward methodology that leads to our successes here.

We take a lot of crap photos to get to our winning portfolios.

By joining the Click Happy program you increase your opportunity for in real-time feedback and growth.

All photography on this site has been taken by Click Happy Students in the online master class.  Many of the students didn't know how to photograph before they started.

Get on the waiting list for the spaces in your region.  We will contact you when we have confirmed the days, times, and venues.


How do I register?




There are only 30 spaces open for each workshop.

To be signed by a parent or guardian over the age of 16. 

By signing this form you agree to the above and to our terms and conditions found on this page:

As this is a photography course we will be taking photographs of each other and sharing them.  Some of the images might be used to promote the work of the students in the course.  Therefore we need permission to photograph your child in order to participate.   By signing this form you will be giving us permission to photograph and use the images to promote the work of the youth and Click Happy as a program. 

Register Here

There are no costs invloved and the online mentorship is free for New Zealand Youth.
I acknowledge that the workshop will have photography taking place. We make TikTok Videos during the session to celebrate what we are doing and so if you don't want to be in the videos it is your responsibility to let us know at the beginning of the workshop so that we can avoid filming you. If you do not alert us then you give Click Happy employees, agents and successors the following rights: 1. to photograph, film, digitally record or video-record me and/or my child/ children; and 2. to make sound and voice recordings of me and/or my child/ children. These may be used now and in the future in any way that may be required. These reproductions or representations may appear as still camera photography and/or video images and/or digital images. Examples of uses include (but are not limited to) transmission in any manner and/or digital release, publication on the internet including social media, in promotional and educational material, in public exhibition or made available to our event collaborative partners (libraries, schools, and funders), both in New Zealand and overseas. Copyright, storing and ownership of the work will rest with Click Happy.

Our wonderfully amazing brilliant funders & sponsors

Every Body Is A Treasure Charitable Trust
Funders & Sponsors 2020/2021/2022/2023/2024
Lotto Scale-Up Wellington Community Trust ANZ

  • Far North
  • Rodney North Shore
  • Waitakere City
  • Manukau
  • Papakura Franklin
  • Kirikiriroa / Hamilton City
  • South Waikato
  • Rotorua
  • Tongariro
  • Hutt Valley
  • Wellington
  • Central Otago
  • Coastal Otago / Waitaki
  • Wairarapa
  • Kahungunu Ki Heretaunga
  • Tamatea / Tamaki-Nui-A-Rua
  • Great Barrier
  • Manawatu / Horowhenua
  • Whanganui / Waimarino / Rangitikei
  • Auckland City
  • South Taranaki
  • Marlborough
  • Mataatua
  • Whangarei / Kaipara

  • Invercargill
  • Henderson
  • Kaipatiki
  • Masterton
  • Manukau
  • Waikato
  • Hamilton
  • Wellington
  • West Auckland
  • Papakura
  • North Shore
  • Waitomo
  • Rangitīkei
  • Dunedin
  • Taupo
Cossie Club
Thames District Council Auckland City Council Papakura Local Board

And Youth Librarians! We had no idea how amazing these community treasures are until recently! Thank you to all of the Youth Librarians who have seen the beauty in the project and have invited us to bring it to their region and who are helping to spread the word. You have halved our work and quintupled the number of youth who get to experience this program. What gifts!


School Holiday Visual Poetry Jams 2022

Updated on 2022-10-09T18:42:36+13:00, by Mandi.