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2021 Auckland Festival of Photography

Isolation and participation are elements underpinning 2021's Auckland Festival of Photography


Isolation and participation are elements underpinning 2021's Auckland Festival of Photography (3-20 June), at 50 regional venues/locations, including Auckland’s waterfront during June.


AFP's isolation [tūhāhā] theme explores Covid-19's impact on NZ and international communities and how we look to photographers to navigate the difficult questions that isolation, and emerging from it, can present.


"As naturally social animals, humans living in a state of isolation suggests an abnormal circumstance or tragedy. A space of aloneness can suddenly be filled with the difficult questions in life too profound to confront in company, a space in which creativity can flourish. This is perhaps why we reserve a certain mythical and mystical belief in the isolated artist. We believe they have confronted the questions."

- AFP 2021 programme


Momentum for the Award winning festival is building, with online public competitions in April, May and June, and a 5th annual award for exhibiting photographers.


Cash prizes of $1200 are offered in the Alex Mao Youth Award (entries close April 30) and $1500 the UNESCO Music Photography Award (May 1-24), with Fujifilm X series camera prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd & People’s Choice winners of AFP's annual Auckland Photo Day on June 12. AFP exhibiting artists and photographers can enter the Late Harvest Award (April 16 to May 27), with two cash prizes of $1500 and $750 on offer from


Highlights of 2021’s festival include Core, Satellite and tertiary exhibitions, Digital Screen projections and the Talking Culture weekend series featuring many leading exhibitors. Full programe details

Further information: 

Media liaison:
Victor van Wetering, media liaison, AFP  - 09 849 6565 -

Julia Durkin, MNZM, Public Participation Director, 09 307 7055

Written by

Auckland Festival of Photography Trust

9 Apr 2021

Interests Auckland Festival of Photography is NZ's premium international photographic festival, providing a diverse and inclusive platform, for the exchange of ideas, artistic expression, and engagement with photography and visual culture.