Simon Devitt Prize for Photography
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
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.
Tuesday 26 May
27 May – 6 June from Wed – Sat
11am – 4pm
Elam Projectspace Gallery
Ground Floor Main Fine Arts Building
20 Whitaker Place
Photo credit: Winner 2014, Alice O’Brien-Gortner, Extinguished
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
Although no doubt slightly biased, it’s looking like a gold from here for Arch MacDonnell, Toby Curnow and Sarah Gladwell.
Awards will be announced on Friday 11 October in Auckland.
24 May 2013
At the New Zealand Architecture Awards Dinner at the Viaduct Events Centre I was humbled to receive the President’s award citation:
Energetic, committed and enterprising, architectural photographer Simon Devitt has proved himself to be a very able chronicler of the work of New Zealand’s architects.
By dint of his skill, application and determination, Simon has carved out a significant and still- developing career in a challenging field in a challenging market.
Courteous and properly assertive, he has pursued his career with ambition and imagination, and his drive to master his craft has bought significant benefits to many practitioners.
His instigation and execution of demanding publishing projects is testament to the impressive seriousness with which he approaches his craft.
Photo by my dad