On the 2nd of March 2018 at 7pm, around 80 people joined the founders of the New Zealand Secondary School Photography Competition (NZSSPC) for an awards night, celebrating the top 20 entries into the competition. These guests included two of the judges from the Photographic Society of New Zealand (PSNZ) panel, sponsors from the Bayleys Foundation, the secondary school winners, many family members and members of the public interested in the outcome of the competition. After having the opportunity to view the top 20 photos in the exhibition in the Bruce Mason Centre foyer, the guests were invited to take their seats as the presentation started.
The organizers, Petra Patterson and Sally Zhang, introduced the competition and acknowledged their generous sponsors who supported them throughout the process. This was followed by Lynn Clayton and Karen Lawton, who are two of the judges from PSNZ, presenting the top 20 photographers, the top 3 winners and finally the people’s choice award. They were accompanied by Sue Stanaway from Bayleys, as they revealed the best photograph (people’s choice) as voted by New Zealand. Each party described their experience with NZSSPC with the judges from PSNZ outlining the judging process and the Bayleys representative explaining their interest in supporting the competition.
Overall the evening of recognizing the talent in young photographers was a great success. The NZSSPC team hopes that this competition will become an annual event that many Kiwi secondary school students will participate in. NZSSPC looks forward to next year’s awards night.