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


Auckland Museum wants to immortalise your selfie

Auckland Museum wants to immortalise your selfie in its permanent collection

Monday 2 September 2019

This September Auckland War Memorial Museum plans to collect 1000 selfies to add to its permanent photography collection.

For the month of September anyone can submit a selfie of themselves in Auckland to potentially become a permanent part of the Museum’s image collection.

Auckland Museum Curator of Pictorial Shaun Higgins says this public call out for selfies will help boost the Museum’s collection of current day photographs in Auckland.

“Our collection holds more than three million photographs, dating back to the early days of photography and a part of my role is to ensure our collection continues to reflect trends. The selfie is a present-day photographic phenomenon that can’t be overlooked,” he says.

Higgins and his team will select up to 1000 selfies of people showing ‘their Auckland’ to be immortalised in the Museum’s collection.

“This means a person’s selfie would be preserved and made available online for generations to come,” he says.

As well as being included in the Museum’s collection, a handful of selfies will also be selected to appear in the Museum’s Tāmaki Stories gallery, which opens in 2020, to sit alongside other images of people in Auckland from across time.

Higgins says he is looking for a wide range of selfies.

“We’d like to see photos of people in Auckland, whether that’s on a ferry, up Rangitoto, in front of their favourite fish ‘n chip shop or even in their home, whatever Auckland is to them, we’d like to see it.”

The one requirement is that the image is a selfie.

“This means it’s taken by the person who also features in the photograph, either by holding the camera in their hand or on a selfie stick. We don’t want photos taken by other people or taken on a self-timer,” says Higgins.

People have until 30 September to submit their selfies to

Not all submitted selfies will necessarily be selected to be added to the collection.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: 1917's 1,000 Yard Stare

Sam Mendes has created a terrible and barbarous trek, one that we appreciate all the more for being catapulted right into the midst of this ear-splitting melee from the film's opening sequence. More>>

Floorball: NZ To Host World Cup Of Floorball In 2022

In a major coup for a minnow nation in the European-dominated sport of floorball, New Zealand has won the rights to host one of the sport’s marque international events. More>>

National Voyage Continues: Tuia 250 Ends

Tuia 250 has unleashed an unstoppable desire to keep moving forward and continue the kōrero about who we are, say the co-chairs of the Tuia 250 National Coordinating Committee, Dame Jenny Shipley and Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr. More>>


Te Papa: New Chief Executive From Its Own Staff

Courtney Johnston has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of Te Papa. Ms Johnston will take up the role in December 2019. Since its founding, Te Papa has had a dual leadership model, and as Tumu Whakarae|Chief Executive, Johnston will share the leadership with Kaihautū Dr Arapata Hakiwai. More>>


Over 150 Productions: NZ Fringe 2020 Has Launched

The upcoming festival will be held at 40 venues all over Wellington Region from 28 February to 21 March, and includes every genre possible—theatre, comedy, dance, music, clowning, cabaret, visual art, children’s shows and more! More>>





  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland