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Olympus Auckland Photo Day – one city – one day.


Media Release
3 June 2008
Olympus Auckland Photo Day – one city – one day.

OLYMPUS Auckland Photo Day runs for 24 hours on Saturday 7 June 2008 - midnight to midnight and is an open access public photography competition. Photographers are asked to capture an image which reflects their Auckland allowing anyone, anywhere in Auckland , to share their perspectives of Auckland . It’s the largest collective photo shoot in the region.

Julia Durkin, Festival Director says “Olympus Auckland Photo Day creates a democratic visual conversations about the place we live, work and play. We want to see the fascination in the everyday, what is surprisingly different and what is comfortingly familiar. “

Groups, individuals, families, children and anyone who has access to a camera is encouraged to submit the scenes, people and places that reflect their Auckland taken on Saturday.

This event celebrates the many individual pockets of culture and identity present in New Zealand 's biggest city by building cultural currency. Whilst celebrated in a spirit of fun this event also fulfils the important role of documenting our life right here and now in the world we live in. The growing Photo Day archive creates a snapshot of Auckland captured in one day by many people

Since 2004, there have been over 2,500 photo entries with the 2007 winning Top 30 images appearing on NZ postage stamps currently on show at the Aotea Gallery till Friday.

Entries are judged and the winner will receive an Olympus Digital Camera E-410 D-SLR with 14-42mm and 40-150mm lenses plus a Nitro Coffee Machine donated by official coffee sponsor Gravity. Winners and 30 runners up receive 2 sheets of their own photo personalised stamps (50 cents face value per stamp) and a Gravity coffee pack.

Entries must be sent via the Festival website on www.photographyfestival.org.nz by 5pm Friday 13th June. The judges are Kellie Blizard, Ron Brownson and Jocelyn Carlin. They will select this year’s overall winner and Top 30, to be announced on Wednesday 18th June 2008.

Previous winners:

2004 Wesley Tumai (then 9 years old) for his photo of his school mates.in Aotea Sq
http://www.photographyfestival.org.nz/gallery/index.cfm?content_id=128281
2005 Matt Close, took his winning photo from his flat window.- see http://www.photographyfestival.org.nz/gallery/index.cfm?content_id=131337
2006 Phillip Freeman took his winning shot on K Road , after recently arriving in Auckland to work for Greenpeace, - see http://www.photographyfestival.org.nz/gallery/index.cfm?content_id=131684
2007 Holly Corbett, Engineering Student at Auckland Uni took her winning photo using an old tree in the Domain as a backdrop, - see http://www.photographyfestival.org.nz/gallery/photoday.cfm
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Creative Exposure Festival 2008 is supported by key sponsors- Manukau City Council, Waitakere City Council, North Shore City Council, Gravity "Official Coffee Sponsor", Heart of the City, Metro, Olympus, Auckland City Council, New Zealand Post, Triangle TV, Westfield Manukau City. Funding support from Lion Foundation, NZCT, NZ Internet Services, NZJEP, Creative Communities North Shore, Creative Communities Waitakere, Creative Communities Auckland City, Auckland City Council, COGS, South Auckland Charitable Trust and significant support from The ASB Community Trust.

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