Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Photographer of the Year named - NZIPP Award

Epson/NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards 201­­­3

6 August 2013

Photographer of the Year named

Kaye Davis, of Palmerston North, has won the coveted Photographer of the Year at the Epson/NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards, announced in Auckland last night (Monday).

The awards are run by the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP), which this year celebrates its 75th jubilee – coincidentally, the first meeting of the Institute was held in Palmerston North.

Davis, who also won the creative category, is a senior lecturer in photography and digital imaging at UCOL in Palmerston North. She is current chair of the NZIPP Honours Council.

Mike Langford, president of the NZIPP, said the awards celebrated the excellence of New Zealand's professional photographers, providing a platform for raising standards and recognition within the industry and the wider public.

"This year's Iris awards mark a special milestone. In celebrating the NZIPP's 75th year, we also had a record number of entries and awards presented. We received more than 1300 entries from over 180 photographers throughout New Zealand and Australia and the standard was exceptionally high.

“Over the years we’ve added more categories to cater for the evolution of new trends and technologies. But the classic portrait section still remains our most popular, followed by classic wedding photography and landscapes. The biggest increase in the past couple of years is in the number of illustrative prints being entered,” Langford said.

The first meeting of what was to be called the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography was held in Palmerston North on September 5, 1938. The membership has grown from 80 to 400 photographers.

Langford said photography was continually evolving.

“Early photography was very staged due to the size and weight of the cameras. Most, if not all, photographers worked from studios and used artificial lighting and backdrops. All photos were black and white, with the more upmarket studios employing colour retouchers to provide a bit of colour.”

This changed in the 1940s with the advent of the Leica 35mm camera and colour film and cameras started to be used as a more ‘candid capture.’

“Change is something that has been a constant since the invention of photography, no more so with the advent of digital photography which has meant that most people now have the ability to take, process and print their own images,” Langford said.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Friend Ship Tour Docks In Wellington

A sense of local pride was certainly running high at the Opera House on Saturday night, as the lads ran through a tasty little set drawn mostly from their latest album Friend Ship (splash out for Xmas on the shocking pink extra-thick vinyl edition). More>>

Howard Davis: Avantdale Bowling Club

Auckland rapper and MC Tom Scott brought his stunning jazz-infused Taite Music Prize-winning project Avantdale Bowling Club to the Opera House headlining Wellington's 2020 Jazz Festival. More>>

Howard Davis: Kevin Field Quintet

With the hardest pews in town and an icon of Ruth Bader Ginsburg adorning the walls, St Peter's Church added a distinctly spiritual element to the debut of three new pieces by Kiwi jazz pianist and composer Kevin Field that celebrated our common humanity. More>>

Howard Davis: Three New Art Books for Xmas

Massey University and Te Papa Presses have published three new art books just in time for Xmas: Dick Frizzell's Me, According to the History of Art, Railways Studios, celebrating unique examples of government-sponsored advertising and design, and Nature - Stilled, Jane Ussher's extraordinary photographs of flora and fauna from the museum's natural history collections.

Howard Davis: Troy Kingi Rules The San Fran

The award-winning Northland musician performed songs from his new record The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, the fourth installment in his 10/10/10 series - ten albums in ten years in ten genres. More>>

Stage: Wellington’s Theatre Awards To Go Ahead

The Wellington Theatre Awards will go ahead despite a devastating year for New Zealand’s creative sector. Wellington Theatre Awards Trust Chair Tom Broadmore said, “the creative sector, and Wellington’s vibrant theatre sector has been gutted by the ... More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland