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Image Auckland is delighted to announce the winners of 2022 Music Photography Award - Whakaahua Puoro Toa

Foo Fighters by Dave Watson - 1st Prize
Julia Deans by Shelley Te Haara - 2nd Prize
Image Auckland is delighted to announce the winners of 2022 Music Photography Award - Whakaahua Puoro Toa.


Image Auckland is delighted to announce the winners of 2022 Music Photography Award - Whakaahua Puoro Toa. 

The 2022 Award was judged by Dave Simpson, music photographer.  

2022 Music Photography Award 1st Prize: Photographer - Dave Watson, Foo Fighters (Dave Grohl) performing at Mt Smart Stadium, 2018

Judge comment:“This winner really does capture the moment beautifully despite the tricky photoing with the rain.  There's a confidence and lightness in the image which matches the stance of the musician who has plenty of room to breath in the picture.  The lighting and technical handling are perfect despite the rain.  I know we only judged the best single image, but all the images Dave Watson's submitted are exquisitely presented, and he's a master of his craft.”
David wins $1500 cash. Dave said he's delighted and its "great this one won, as it signifies the per pandemic years where New Zealand was a main touring country. He's looking forwards to the return of these big stadium concerts with world's superstars in town to photograph".
2022 Music Photography Award 2nd Prize: Photographer - Shelley Te Haara, "Julia Deans, performing at the first Songbirds in Suburbia"
Judge comment: “Whilst not technically perfect, it tells a strong story.  It's dark and moody, with harsh lighting and i like the graphic handling.  It speaks to me about a musician performing against adversity and everything that nature is throwing against her (rain being an allegory for Covid and lockdowns?). Yet, she continues to perform sheltered under an umbrella.”
Shelley wins $750 cash. Shelley said the win had "made my day" and "thanks to the judge, who she has "stood with in the pit" on many occasions".

Outdoor, online and in venue exhibitions that explore the theme of disruption are at the heart of this year’s Auckland Festival of Photography, with exhibitions online, in venues and outdoors. This year’s festival runs June 2-12 but several outdoor and online exhibitions are available beyond that, including several ‘activation’ events in May to coincide with Aotearoa Music Month.

AFP remains agile in delivering a festival in the current environment, with content that reflects social and global dynamics, says AFP founder Julia Durkin.  “Disruption across the cultural sector, and especially live performances, with Covid 19, have impacted the photographers who preserve, document and archive these musical gigs and help us enjoy them long after the encores have finished. Music and photography have been an integral part of the scene. We are pleased to share new Image Auckland [tamaki makaurau] exhibitions through May alongside the 2022 Music Photo Award. ”

See full details for Queens Wharf Fence, Silo Park and Takapuna outdoors music shows here -


Written by

Auckland Festival of Photography Trust

16 May 2022

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.