Simon Devitt Prize for Photography
Winner 2016

Jodie Salmond is the winner of the 2016 Simon Devitt Prize for Photography.


The postgraduate student from Elam School of Fine Arts was awarded the 2016 Simon Devitt Prize for Photography, for her series of three images captured using an iPhone.

This year’s theme was ‘a chance encounter’ and Salmond, who is in her final-year of her Masters of Fine Arts (MFA), included two haiku poems as part of her tryptich entitled ‘When I’m night driving’.

Judge Simon Devitt, described Salmond’s work as ‘beguiling and arresting’. When presenting the prize to her he said “the winning work took risks, pairing a familiar night road trip scene with a close up study of an aggregate surface and road markings, which were unsettling in their shift of speed and scale.”


The Simon Devitt Prize for Photography is an annual award to celebrate the best student photograph at the University of Auckland, Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries with this year’s theme entitled: A Chance Encounter.

A selection of twenty finalist from seventy entries have been chosen for this year’s exhibition to feature in the Auckland Festival of Photography Fringe Programme. The overall winner will receive the Simon Devitt Prize for Photography Trophy, NZ$1000 and a Canon Power Shot G7X camera.

Thank you to our valued sponsors and partners:
Simon Devitt, Auckland Festival of Photography, Canon and John Leech Framing Workshop

See the exhibition images here »

Congratulations to the winner and six finalists in the 2015 Home of the Year Award, announced in April. Amongst those in the running for the award were some stunners I’ve photographed: The Rammed Earth House by Justin and Louise Wright of Assembly Architects and the Titirangi Red House by Ken Crosson of Crosson, Clarke, Carnachan Architects.

See the finalists here »

Titrangi Red House

Awarded annually in recognition of the best student photograph in Architecture, The Simon Devitt Prize for Photography is now in it’s eighth year. This year’s theme is the ‘Final Frontier’. The finalists have been selected and will be exhibited as part of the Auckland Festival of Photography Fringe Programme.

Opening
5:00pm
Tuesday 26 May

Exhibition
27 May – 6 June from Wed – Sat
11am – 4pm

Elam Projectspace Gallery
Ground Floor Main Fine Arts Building
20 Whitaker Place

Auckland Festival of Photography details »

See last year’s winner »

Photo credit: Winner 2014, Alice O’Brien-Gortner, Extinguished

 

 

 

And now a heads up for young photographers of the secondary, tertiary or apprentice persuasion: Can you think laterally? Is your photography creative, original while showing technical expertise? If you’re nodding your head, you could be shoe-in for one of several rather good prizes in the Canon EYEYCON competition. First prize is chokka full of cash, products and THREE all-expenses paid experience days with a choice of professional photographers, including me.

Canon EYECON details »

Photo credit: Winner 2014, High School, Robert Burrowes

We’re already known world-wide for our legendary flat whites, and now we’re getting the nod for the encasing architecture. UK-based website Design Curial named The Knoll Ridge Cafe by Harris Butt Architecture as the Best Coffee Shop Design in the World.

New Zealand Herald Article »

See the full gallery »

 

Have you built a project that you’re specially proud of this year? A project that’s taken a client’s dream and turned it into an amazingly creative, perfectly detailed, technically accomplished reality?

The New Zealand Institute of Architects has recently opened their online portal for entries for the NZ Architecture Awards 2015. It couldn’t get much easier to enter and share what you’ve been up to.

Fame, fortune and the chance to design a display shelving system at your place (to display all your awards!), could be yours in the coming year. Entries close on 20 February 2015, diary that one folks.

More information »

Hut on Sleds, Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects; Winner, Small Project Architecture 2013

The winner of this years Simon Devitt Prize for Photography competition is Alice O’Brien-Gortner.

The annual competition, now in it’s seventh year, was established at the Auckland School of Architecture and Planning.

O’Brien-Gortner, a third-year Bachelor of Architectural Studies student, receives a trophy and $1000 prize money after her image was chosen from a field of twenty finalists.

This year’s theme was The In-Between and I selected Extinguished as the winning entry because this is where the image seems to live.

There is a highly evocative sense of ‘another’ place we get when we experience this photograph.

O’Brien-Gortner has created an imagined world that perhaps raisers more questions than it answers for the viewer.

Her photograph leaves us in a challenging and uneasy place, wondering how we arrived.

A selection this years best entries are on show until 7 June as part of the Auckland festival of Photography.

The 2014 Simon Devitt Prize for Photography Exhibition
28 May-7 June
Foyer, Conference Centre
The University of Auckland
22 Symonds Street

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The winning just doesn’t stop!

The Institute of Architects’ Local Awards for Auckland were held last night and I’m thrilled to see some of my clients fantastic work has been recognised.

Congratulations to:
AUT Sir Paul Reeves Building: Jasmax Limited (pictured above)

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Takapuna House: Athfield Architects

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University of Auckland University Hall: Warren and Mahoney Architects

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Cliff Top House: Xsite Architects

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Orua Bay Bach: Bossley Architects

Good luck everyone for the Nationals which will be announced in 2014!