The 50th Dunedin Festival of Photography is coming!

We’re really excited to be presenting the 50th Festival of Photography this year! On 1 April, entries will open, and the Dunedin Photographic Society invites you to join the hundreds, if not thousands, of photographers who have participated in this exhibition since its inception in 1968.

This year, there will once again be both print and projected image sections, with Open, Natural History, Monochrome and Portraiture categories in both – plenty of options to cover all the photographic bases. Selected images will be curated into an exhibition that will be shown at the Dunedin Community Gallery from 3 – 11 June.

For more info and to enter from 1 – 16 April, go here – and good luck! With your help, we’re looking forward to producing an exhibiton to be proud of!

An update on the Photographic Society of New Zealand events

Thanks very much to Judith, our PSNZ Liaison Officer, for updating us with the following:

There is heaps coming up from PSNZ in the next few months and lots to plan for as the year unfolds. Have a look below for individual competitions, club competitions, honours challenges, workshops and judge training opportunities …

Upcoming PSNZ events and dates to note.

PSNZ Workshop – Bird Photography – Whanganui – Toya Heatley – 25-26 February 2022

On 8 Feb there were 3 spaces left!
PSNZ members only. $140.00.
Information and registration link.
Note – workshop attendees must be fully vaccinated and provide vaccination passes for accommodation and hospitality venues associated with the workshop.

Canon Online Competition round 1 – entries close 25 February 2022

PSNZ members only. Six round across the year. Points accumulate.
More information, log into the PSNZ Members Area, then Canon Online Submission.
See the 2021 winning images.

PSNZ Sony National Exhibition 2022 – entries close 28 February 2022

Digital only this year (due to COVID-19).
Open to ALL New Zealand residents.
Two categories: Open and Nature.
A number of trophies are able to be won.
Information, 2021 winning images, entry form here: National Exhibition information.

Honours Submissions close 28 February 2022

Submission for honours must be received by 5pm (1700h) on 28 February 2022.
More information here:

PSNZ Interclub Salons – entries close 1 March 2022

Wiltshire Cup

Four digital images.
More info here: Wiltshire Cup information and entry form.
See last year’s winning images here: Wiltshire Cup 2021 winning images.

Bowron Digital Landscape Trophy

Four digital landscape images.
More info here: Bowron Digital Landscape Trophy information and entry form.
Last year’s winning images here: Bowron Digital Landscape Trophy 2021 winning images.

PSNZ National Convention – Cancelled

Unfortunately this event has been cancelled for 2022. More information about this decision is here.

Camera Talk 2022

Articles, updates, and news for the next Camera Talk … email the editor.
Read Camera Talk/.

Tentative Workshop Programme 2022


  • Attendees must be fully vaccinated and have a valid vaccine pass.
  • Previously PSNZ have subsidised the workshop series, this practice is stopping. Hence workshops are more expensive than previous years, but will still be cheaper than attending directly with the presenters.

The workshop programme kicks off from May. Registrations will likely open in March. All workshops are tentative and depend on the evolving COVID-19 situation.

  • Astro – Tekapo – Joseph Pooley – 27-28 May
    May be residential and include accommodation
  • Landscape – Queenstown – Meghan Maloney – 15-15 July
    Will be residential (include accommodation) and will include transport to the shooting locations.
  • Astro – New Plymouth – Leith Robertson – 23-24 July
  • Street / Urban – Wellington – Helen Westerbeke – 5-6 August
  • Creative Portrait – Tauranga – Karoline Ferbei – 1-2 October
  • Landscape for Novice and first time workshop attendees – Buller / West Coast – Graham Dainty – 22-24 October

Possibly also South Island workshops for bird, and studio portrait or natural light portrait.

Judge Training Weekends 2022

A number of Judge Training Weekends are being planned for later in the year. More information is available at Judge Training. These are, of course, dependent on the COVID-19 situation but should be able to operate under the current red settings.

  • Orewa – 18-19 July – Hibiscus Coast Camera Club
  • Taupo – July – More details to come
  • Christchurch – September – More details to come
  • Dunedin – October – More details to come

Judge Training weekends will require full vaccination and valid vaccine passes.

The 49th Dunedin Festival of Photography is now open for entries!

The 49th Dunedin Festival of Photography is now open for entries!

Image City Life by Ita Daniels

Important dates to note:
Closing Date: 11:59pm Tuesday 31 August
Prints to be received in Dunedin by: Monday 6 September
Selection Day: Saturday 18 September
Exhibition Opening: Saturday 9 October, at the Dunedin Community Gallery, Princes St
Exhibition: Sunday 10 – Friday 15 October

The Festival is open to all New Zealand residents and financial members of PSNZ affiliated camera clubs.

More information and entry details are available at:

Best of luck from the Festival team!


Projected Image Exhibition – May 2021

The results of our Projected Image Exhibition were shown at our most recent meeting – massive congratulations to Gary McClintock for producing the Champion images in both the Open and the Natural History categories! What a coup! Congratulations to everyone else for their accepted and awarded images, and many thanks to our judges Graham Dainty and Mike Boyd-Clark for their selections and appraisals. And lastly, thanks very much to our Projected Image Secretary, Melanie Dick, for putting the whole exhibition together, and for producing these slideshows to show our great results! Enjoy 🙂

  • Nicola

2020 Projected Image Exhibition No.2 Results

The results of our second Projected Image Exhibition for 2020 were announced at the club meeting this week. For the first time, we used Zoom at a club meeting, so that one of our judges was able to present her comments ‘in person’, and it seemed to work really well. Watch this space for more Zoom visitors at meetings!

Congratulations to Stephanie Forrester APSNZ for her Champion Open Image Out of the Fog and to Simon Parsons for his Champion Natural History Image Albatross 1, and well done to everyone who had images accepted.

Out of the Fog by Stephanie Forrester

Albatross 1 by Simon Parsons

Thank you very much to our judges, Nicki Mora LPSNZ for the Natural History section, and Cushla Moorhead for the Open. We really appreciate the time they put into judging for us, and their thoughtful commentary.

The results are available here as a PDF and below in the two slideshows.

  • Nicola

NIKON / NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards 2018


Simone Jackson
Delicate hatching time for Royal Albatross and DOC by Simone Jackson (Silver Award)

The Nikon/NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards 2018 were judged a few weekends ago in Wellington. The judging of each category has been recorded and uploaded to YouTube at the link below. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn from professional work and judging.  All categories require a physical print submission, there are no projected image categories.

Congratulations to DPS member Simone Jackson who was a finalist in the Nature category and received awards in others sections, including the image above from the Documentary category.

YouTube Recordings

Note: The judging may not start until some time into the recording so fast forward to find the beginning.

Print Scoring Table:

Score Award Merit
95 – 100 Gold with Distinction 3 ● Exceptional vision, creativity & innovation
● Exceptional visual communication & interpretation of
● High level of originality of thought/concept
● Invokes a superior emotional response
● Has an enduring quality
● Exceptional mastery in all areas of creative &
technical execution
90 – 94 Gold 3 ● Outstanding level of imagination & creativity
● Outstanding visual communication, interpretation of
subject &/or emotion
● Originality of thought/concept
● Outstanding mastery across all areas of technique, craft,
production & print quality
85 – 89 Silver with Distinction 2 ● Excellent level of imagination & creativity
● Excellent visual communication, interpretation of subject
&/or emotion
● Excellent level of technique, craft, production &
print quality
80 – 84 Silver 2 ● High level of imagination &/or creativity
● High level of visual communication, interpretation of
subject &/or emotion
● Very high level of craft, skill and technique
70 – 79 Bronze 1 ● Very high standard of professional practice, craft, skill &
● Exceeds the normal level expected of professional
60 – 69 Professional Standard 0 ● Approaching award level
● Well executed, appropriate professional level of craft
& technique
● Good standard of professional practice – what a
professional is expected to produce day to day
50 – 59 Below Professional
0 ● Does not yet exhibit the standards required of
professional practice
● May show proficiency in some areas


Triptychs: Three reasons to give it a go

The 2018 Nelson National Triptych Salon is open for submissions, so if you’re not a regular creator of triptychs, here are three reasons why you should give it a go.

  1. It stimulates creativity
  2. Your post processing skills will have improved by the time you’ve finished
  3. It’s fun

Some examples, ideas and the concept of a triptych here

How to make a triptych in Photoshop or in Elements

All the information you need to to enter the National Triptych Salon is here, including further help on making a Triptych.

Regardless of entering the Salon, why not share your triptychs on the DPS Facebook page.