FOTOFEST ‘23 , This Year, Sharing Stories Of Humanity Through Photography

FOTOFEST ‘23 , This Year, Sharing Stories Of Humanity Through Photography


FOTOFEST, the annual photography event for Hastings and
Hawke’s Bay is back from September 15th – 25th in Hastings
city. With more than 20 exhibition’s throughout the CBD
using retail windows and laneways as well as two pop up
galleries, the 10 day event is for locals and visitors to
the Bay to enjoy, “with or without a camera” This year two
international exhibitors join the lineup alongside a range
of local and national photographers, contributing to a focus
on advocacy and humanity.

Maribel Pottstock, a
Chilean photographer
with her series of images from
Easter Island and the moai ,monolithic human figures
carved by the Rapa Nui people on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) in
eastern Polynesia between the years 1250 and 1500 and
French Canadian photographer Arianne
with her exhibition , How to live to 100,
which captures beautiful images of the elderly living within
“blue zone” countries, places renowned for the vitality
and well-being of their elderly.

Abhi Chinniah who grew up in East Coast
Malaysia with her debut photographic series, ‘Light Skin
Dark Skin,’ exploring the journeys people have to take
because of the colour of their skin and Antonio
,a 21 year old Mexican photographer seeking the
true beauty for this world we live in through her

Event Coordinator, Shayne Jeffares says of
this year’s event “ We so want to add to the creative vibe
that Hastings is becoming known for – This is going to be a
fantastic event with more creatives from across the country
contributing and more people getting behind to
He adds that this year sees a focus on humanity
and advocacy with many exhibitions sharing powerful and
personal testimonies. We really wanted to ensure we had
exhibitions that share stories of humanity and we have
definitely achieved that in a way that only photography

“It is all about bringing people into the
city to enjoy viewing great photography in fun and different
ways. Plus there are events for the kids to enjoy from a
street photography workshop through to a selfie background
celebrating Hastings 150th. Napier also has a presence with
a live gig exhibition, From the Pit and a series of
exhibitions at CAN gallery.

Plus, if you are an avid
amateur or hobbyist, collector or seasoned pro, we guarantee
you will have an awesome time connecting with others and
enjoying the whole event”
“Get yourself to Hastings
and enjoy all this city has to offer” is Shaynes advice,
we are really looking forward to this years


Tony’s work focuses on
things and people in “my own environment”, which for the
past 14 years has been around Palmerston North, the lower
North Island of New Zealand.
Documentary and portraiture
are Tony’s preference for capturing, preferring to capture
things that may not be as popular, or mainstream, and take
more time to tell the story.

While exhibiting since
2000, Tony has focused on the many forms of visual media, to
show his work, including online, public displays,
projections, exhibitions, zines, and printed books.
has been fortunate to have his work featured in printed
media, radio, television, and be held in various
collections, Australian National Library ACT, the National
War Memorial ACT, Multicultural commission of Victoria,
Massey University New Zealand, as well as private

Local Paul Taylor with
his moving series of black and white images shot in
Wellington amongst the NZ Iranian community protesting
against violence in Iran amid the death in 2022 of Mahsa
Amini for not wearing a hijab in accordance with Government

Local organisation DOVE Hawke’s
hosts a powerful exhibition Hopeful
celebrating the courage, determination, and
resilience of men from across Aotearoa– and the world –
who have suffered sexual abuse. These men tell their
individual stories openly and honestly. They are stories of
suffering but also of triumph, healing and hope.

NZ once again host the New Zealand Photography Competition
for the second year .

The photographs will be for
sale with 100% of the sale proceeds going to the

About Capture the Moment

the moment is IHC’s photography competition for New
Zealanders who have an intellectual disability or an
intellectual disability and autism.
Building on the
success of the IHC Art Awards, we wanted to showcase the
talent of New Zealanders through a different

The theme of this year’s competition is Your
Aotearoa, New Zealand.

From the Pit
NZ Music month exhibition showcasing leading images
of live gigs. Founded in 2019, FromThePit is an annual
curated exhibition of images of New Zealand musicians
playing live in New Zealand. More than anything it is a
celebration of the craft and art of live music

Showcasing 100 Rotorua women who represent the
female population by age, ethnicity and country of birth.The
purpose of this project was to represent the diverse local
population and celebrate women in all capacities.
Photographer, Katie Hoy, has always sought to see the
connections between people, and between people and place in
her art. As an immigrant to New Zealand, and after calling
Rotorua home for 12 years, Katie wanted to meet women from
the wider Rotorua community, to hear their stories and share
them publicly in her first solo exhibition .

Stevenson – Pre Loved project at Cranford op

Multimedia Auckland artist Serena Stevenson
designs a story experience through photography and street
art. Taking the audience into the never seen before intimate
world of op-shopping

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