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!

Naming names may win you a rather lovely prize.

Head over to my new People in NZ Architecture gallery, list all the names of the faces and send them through to me.

All complete and correct entries will be in the draw to win a signed copy of my new book Portrait of a House made on 1 October 2013.

Send your lists to simon@simondevitt.com

Bribes considered. One entry per person. Other obscure conditions may also apply.

WE’VE GOT IT COVERED

A huge thanks to all those that voted in the recent Maggie Awards for magazine covers.

Brilliantly, the Architecture NZ November/December 2012 cover featuring my image the Geyser building in Parnell, Auckland was the category winner in the business and trade section!

Congratulations to editor Justine Harvey and the team at Architecture NZ.