Library Visual Poetry Jams 2023



Help create a national youth photographic exhibition this school holidays.



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A Visual Poetry Jam

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Bring your most gifted young visual storytellers

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Work with schools from around the region to help create a monochromatic exhibition of photography of our young visual storytellers.


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 16 need to attend with a parent

What do students bring with them?

  • 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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What does it cost?

It is free thanks to funding from the Local COGS and/ or Creative Communities Committee.

How many students can I bring?

You can bring 5 students and 1-2 staff or parent helpers unless we have spoken to you and given you an option for more.




What happens on the day?

3 mini-workshops:

    • Cellphonography and composition - How to unlock cool features on your device
    • Monochromatic photography to develop your colour theory and composition skills (this is the exhibition work)
    • 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.

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.




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



New Zealand Geographic Young Photographer of the Year

Matteus won New Zealand Geographic Young Photographer of the Year.


De Ruiter Young Photographer of the Year

Ava Thomas won the $5000.00 prize package


How do I register?




Schools register here

Click or drag a file to this area to upload.
A letter of support would be greatly appreciated for our funding reports. This letter will also greatly improve future funding for events happening again in your region.

Students & Homeschoolers register here

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.
Clear Signature
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
  • RangitÄ«kei
  • Dunedin
  • Taupo
  • Whangarei
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!

Library Visual Poetry Jams 2023

Updated on 2023-03-08T14:31:30+13:00, by Mandi.