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Auckland secondary student Amie Kaufman has won a new youth Alex Mao Photography prize.

'Trying to Grow Up' by Amie Kaufman
Auckland secondary student Amie Kaufman has won a new youth photography prize


The Marist College [Mt Albert] student won the Alex Mao Photography Award for her image, Trying to Grow Up.

The inaugural award for youth photography is an Auckland Festival of Photography initiative, carries a $1200 cash prize and was judged by
festival director Julia Durkin. 

"The competition attracted a high calibre of entries,” Ms Durkin said. “We loved this well-composed image, which is technically and artistically excellent. It is a well-constructed set up and shows real understanding of the craft of photography."

Amie Kaufman said she did not expect to win but was thrilled with her success - and thankful. "I'm so grateful and feel so blessed. I honestly didn't see it coming. When entering the competition, I felt I should just do my best. The girl in the photograph is one of my younger sisters, Miriam. She was delighted to hear that her modelling paid off – and will definitely be at the prize-giving alongside the rest of my family.”

Amie says the image, taken in her family’s backyard in Glen Eden, required
some improvisation. "The blue couch wasn't really being used – it was
just sitting in my garage as it's quite old. But when I came across it, I
just had to incorporate it into my photography artboard."

Amie will receive her prize on June 15, one day before this year's Auckland
Festival of Photography ends and a few days before winners of 2019's
Nikon Auckland Photo Day are announced. 

Alex Mao was a member of the NZ Chinese Photo Association. The Alex Mao
Award was set up posthumously in his honour by his family, with the
purpose to encourage a young photographer to do better in photography.


Further information: 

Contact - Victor van Wetering, AFP media liaison                                     

Written by

Auckland Festival of Photography Trust

13 Jun 2019

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