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Pulitzer Kiwi Back Home!

Ronald Woolf Memorial Trust
Wellington, NZ

Pulitzer Kiwi Back Home!

For Immediate Release
Wednesday 5 July 2006 1.00 pm

Melanie Burford

Melanie Burford is the first NZ woman to gain a Pulitzer. She did so as part of a team from the Dallas Morning News that captured the Hurricane Katrina devastation. Melanie, a former Evening Post photojournalist, also won the American Picture of the Year newspaper issue reporting and feature reporting categories. As such Melanie stands out as a leading light in photography internationally.

Weekend of Photography

Melanie is in NZ for a weekend entitled Celebrate Photography starting on 7 July. She will run master classes and workshops that are open to the public at Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre. She will be joined by other notable photographers including ex-pat photojournnalist Simon Townsley and renown photo-educator David Williams.

Melanie’s award winning photography will be exhibited at Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre, Upper Hutt and the exhibition will be opened by the Hon. Judith Tizard on 10 July. A Gala Tribute Dinner will follow in honour of Melanie and be attended by the Prime Minister. Footnote Dance and Geoff Sewell of Amici fame will perform.

The Ronald Woolf Memorial Trust
In 1987 following the death of Wellington professional photographer Ronald Woolf, in a helicopter crash, the Woolf Family established a Trust to benefit young, aspiring photographers throughout New Zaeland. Over the last 19 years the trust has given out over $100,000.00

Melanie received the Photographic Society of New Zealand Ronald Woolf Youth Award early in her career and later gained a grant from the Ronald Woolf Memorial Trust. As such the Trust thought it fitting to bring Melanie back to NZ from the USA.


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