Entries now open for Trustpower Photographic Exhibition

Trustpower Photographic Exhibition
Winners and finalists on The Strand, Tauranga

Entries have now opened for the sec­ond year of the Trust­pow­er Pho­to­graph­ic Exhi­bi­tion and organ­is­ers are expect­ing thou­sands of entries after the suc­cess of the inau­gu­ral year.  Down­town Tau­ran­ga Project Man­ager Sal­ly Cooke says they’re delight­ed the event is on again.  “After an immense­ly suc­cess­ful inau­gu­ral event with thou­sands of peo­ple mak­ing a trip to the city cen­tre to see the win­ning pho­tographs dis­played along The Strand, we are thrilled to announce that entries are now open for the 2018 Trust­pow­er Pho­to­graph­ic Exhi­bi­tion.”

Sal­ly says they’re expect­ing the sec­ond year of the event to be even big­ger than the first.  “We were over­whelmed with the suc­cess of the inau­gu­ral event, it blew all expec­ta­tions with over 1740 entries and the qual­i­ty and quan­ti­ty of entries was astound­ing so we are absolute­ly delight­ed to be able to launch the sec­ond year of this ini­tia­tive. It pro­vides a unique oppor­tu­ni­ty to show­case both our cre­ative tal­ent and our region and it makes for a fan­tas­tic city cen­tre exhi­bi­tion.”

This year’s prize pool is as impres­sive as the first with $10,000 in prizes up for grabs.  “Once again this year we have some amaz­ing prizes and pro­fil­ing up for grabs for the win­ners includ­ing the supre­me prize of the trip to Lon­don, Paris, New York or Rome worth up to $3000 thanks to the gen­eros­i­ty of House of Trav­el Tau­ran­ga and Down­town Tau­ran­ga.” Says Sal­ly.  

The exhi­bi­tion, believed to be the largest out­door exhi­bi­tion of images of our region and our peo­ple is a strong­ly col­lab­o­ra­tive event.  “The Trust­pow­er Pho­to­graph­ic Exhi­bi­tion was such a priv­i­lege to run last year because we did it in part­ner­ship with Trust­pow­er, Down­town Tau­ran­ga, Media Works, UNO. Mag­a­zine and Week­end Sun and it was a true part­ner­ship approach from the plan­ning to the stag­ing.  We all owned it and proac­tive­ly con­tribut­ed to the suc­cess of it and that made it incred­i­bly reward­ing to be a part of.  We were just delight­ed this year when Trust­pow­er, as lead spon­sors, con­firmed they would be involved again.”

Once again ama­teurs and pro­fes­sion­als are encour­aged to enter and this year under four new cat­e­gories:  Our peo­ple, Cel­e­bra­tion, Nature & Land­scapes and Dig­i­tal Manip­u­la­tion.  The com­pe­ti­tion sec­tion of the ini­tia­tive is now open and entrant will have until Jan­u­ary 9th to enter.  A judg­ing pan­el will then select the win­ning pho­tos that will be dis­played in a large out­door pho­to­graph­ic exhi­bi­tion on The Strand, in Down­town Tau­ran­ga from Jan­u­ary 26th to March 25th next year.

Expo­sure for our cre­ative tal­ent is anoth­er ben­e­fit of the ini­tia­tive. Sal­ly Cooke: “Being able to direct agen­cies like Tourism Bay of Plen­ty and BOP Film to the file of images sub­mit­ted means some of the pho­tog­ra­phers are then approached for their work to be com­mis­sioned for use in com­mer­cial cam­paigns. It is nice to think the Trust­pow­er Pho­to­graph­ic Exhi­bi­tion has the poten­tial to launch or enhance our pho­tog­ra­phers’ careers.”

Sal­ly says the judges will be look­ing for entries from peo­ple of all ages, from ama­teur to pro­fes­sion­al and hope to see diver­si­ty in the pho­tos. “There is a con­di­tion of entry that all pho­tos must have been tak­en with­in the West­ern Bay of Plen­ty and then entrants can choose one of four cat­e­gories for their pho­to or pho­tos that they are enter­ing.  It will be excit­ing to see photographer’s inter­pre­ta­tion of the cat­e­gories and to see the pho­tos that come into the com­pe­ti­tion.”

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).  Once the exhi­bi­tion opens on The Strand there will also be a People’s Choice sec­tion, ask­ing the pub­lic to vote for their favourite pho­to.

Full details and entry can be found here https://www.downtowntauranga.co.nz/trustpower-photographic-competition