Photo exhibition offers opportunity

Photographer Taylor Shea snaps his best shot of the Bay. Photo: Bruce Barnard.

Emerging photographers have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience at three media companies during a week-long internship thanks to a regional photography exhibition.

The TrustPower Photographic Exhibition invites budding and professional photographers to submit their snaps that showcase people and places in Western Bay of Plenty.

A judging panel will select the winning photos to be displayed in a large outdoor photographic exhibition on The Strand, Downtown Tauranga, from January to April 2017.

With more than $10,000 in prizes up for grabs, organisers are hoping to attract some of our best amateur and professional photographers to take part.

“We have cash and travel prizes up for grabs and we are especially excited to announce that UNO. Magazine, The Weekend Sun and Media Works are joining forces to offer two ‘Creative Media Internships' for the winners of the Student and Young Photographer sections,” says Downtown Tauranga project manager Sally Cooke.

“These internships will offer two emerging photographers the chance to get some hands-on learning in the three media houses during a week-long internship.

“That will be an incredibly empowering and potentially game-changing opportunity for the winners.”

All photos must be taken within the WBOP and entrants can choose one of four categories: ‘Our People”, ‘Land and Sea', ‘Our Heritage' and ‘Emotion'.

Prizes will be awarded for first and second in the four categories, plus judges will award prizes for a Young Photographers section (18 and under), a Student section (for full or part time students) and a digital section.

The supreme winner of the exhibition will win a travel prize to New York, Rome, Paris or London and five night's accommodation plus a travel feature in UNO. Magazine. There's also cash prizes up for grabs.

TrustPower's marketing communications and programme manager Carolyn Schofield says this is very much a community initiative, designed to encourage both professional and amateur photographers to take part.

“Being involved in the community has always been an important part of who we are as a company and we're delighted to support this competition and exhibition. It's especially exciting that the competition will provide opportunities for young photographers to be recognised and to share their work with the public.

“The exhibition will be a celebration of what makes Tauranga and the Western Bay a special part of New Zealand – our wonderful environment, our heritage and the people – and I'm really looking forward to seeing the entries.”

Judges include TrustPower's Carolyn Schofield, UNO. Magazine's Jenny Rudd, The Weekend Sun's Claire Rogers, Media Works' Belinda Francis, Tauranga Art Gallery's Karl Chitham, BOP Film's Anton Steel, Tourism BOP's Kristin Dunne, Tuskany Agency's Tara Fowler and Paul Bryne from the Tauranga Photographic Society.

The competition is open from December 20, 2016, until January 20, 2017. The TrustPower Photographic Exhibition opens on The Strand, Downtown Tauranga, on January 27-April 9.

The free exhibition will also include a People's Choice section, asking the public to vote for their favourite photo.



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