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Bayleys Foundation NZ Secondary School Photography Comp

Bayleys Foundation New Zealand Secondary School Photography Competition

January 31st 2018

For immediate release

A nationwide photography competition for teenagers, created by teenagers, organised by teenagers to inspire teenagers and promote their work.

The Bayleys Foundation New Zealand Secondary School Photography Competition, created by Sally Zhang and Petra Patterson, two Year 13 students from Kristin School, Auckland, provides an opportunity for budding young photographers to expose their art to the wider community. The inaugural competition took place early November, 2017, to late January, 2018, and it invited applications from all secondary school students in New Zealand who could enter any photographs they wish so long as it fits the theme of ‘Wonder’.

Why “Wonder?” “Because we want to know what inspires the youth of New Zealand, whether it is the colours of autumn or an act of human kindness. We want to encourage these high school students to seek and actively capture this ‘Wonder’ they feel, to find the beauty in the ordinary, especially when the world is being portrayed in such a negative light”, say the two project managers.

From over 400 photographs submitted, only 20 photographs have been selected by adjudicators from the Photographic Society of New Zealand, all of whom are PSNZ accredited judges. These photographs are to be displayed at the Bruce Mason Centre for a month. Further prizes including cameras and photography equipment will be awarded to the top three photographs as well as the People’s Choice Award at the NZSSPC award night.

Sally and Petra are both passionate young photographers who felt that there has been a lack of exposure for the artistic flair of the New Zealand youth. They hope that this competition will call for students to flaunt their talent and get them excited about art. But most of all, they want to support teenage artists and nurture their love for photography by providing this opportunity to really showcase their skills.

“We are extremely grateful to our generous sponsors Bayleys Foundation, Photographic Society of New Zealand, Panasonic NZ, Joby, Lowepro and Photogear as well as our teachers, parents and friends who have supported us on this project. The NZSSPC gallery is the result of all our efforts to expose the works of some of the best secondary school photographers of New Zealand. Through the lens of these photographers, we hope you too will be inspired by what our generation considers to be ‘Wonder’.”

The gallery will be available for viewing at the Bruce Mason Centre from February 10th to March 5th. If you are unable to make it to the physical gallery, the shortlisted images will also be available for viewing on where voting for the People’s Choice Award will also take place.


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