2017/18 Winners


1st Place – Post-Rain, Samuel Pan 
2nd Place – Greenhouse Boy, Sofia Gorman 
3rd Place – Illuminated Darkness, Billy Park 

People’s Choice Award – Artificial Rain, Sofia Gorman


View their photographs here.


The official shortlist of the 1st Bayleys Foundation New Zealand Secondary School Photography Competition is as follows:

Billy Park, Kristin School
Cameron McGeorge, Glendowie College
Chris Chao, Rangitoto College
Gabriella Jones, Long Bay College
Geoffrey Laughton, Papanui High School
George Li, King’s College
Hunter Benbow, Darfield High School
Iris Leng, Takapuna Grammar School
Jannik Wittgen, Orewa College
Josh Burn, Kamo High School
Kayla Ganley, Te Kura Correspondence School
Keanu Beziac, Kristin School
Liam Philip, Nelson College
Linda Ly, Nelson College for Girls
Orla Scanlon, Albany Senior High School
Reuben Morison, King’s High School
Sofia Gorman, Western Springs College
Sophie Culpan, Marist College
Samuel Pan, Auckland Grammar School


Judges’ Statement:
“The range of genre to interpret the theme Wonder was exceptional. There was a huge diversity of subject matter and we are very confident that the top 20 – and more especially the top 3 – embody the theme of Wonder. Reviewing these images gave us an interesting insight into the refreshing images being produced by school students and it was interesting to see a variety of in camera and post production techniques applied

Images are made up of many elements. To me, the critical element in an image is the story it conveys. Often that story involves photographer input, whether it be by finding an innovative viewpoint, technical (craft) expertise, post production decisions and more. I would encourage students entering the NZSSPC to look carefully at the craft in their images – straighten your horizons for example. Look at the whole of the image and ask “do I need all of these elements in the image to convey the story, or do some of these elements create distraction”. If they distract, consider cropping to remove them. I think that restraint in the colour palette can add to the graphic nature of an image. To me that is why a choice of monochrome can frequently result in stark contrasts without distractions to the eye. B&W can also accentuate shape and form in a way that can be lost in a colour image. We didn’t see many monochrome images.

We encourage you to look beyond obvious photographs. To find images that are intelligent, not clever. Try and be analytical about your own images so that you can recognise why they work. And we remind you that our decisions are subjective interpretations, mitigated by the compromises of having a panel of three judges.”

Congratulations to all winners!