The first round of judging in the Capital Photographer of the Year 2022 competition has been completed. The team at Capital magazine, the organisers of the competition, thank everyone who participated. From Pūkaha to Princess Bay, and Kāpiti to Castle Point, we’ve seen creativity from every corner of the region.
Tough decisions have been made and a copious amount of coffee consumed, but we’ve whittled down a record-breaking 2,500 submissions to just 132 semi-finalists.
“The calibre of entries absolutely bowled us over, which made this phase extra difficult. If you didn’t make it this time, take stock in the fact that every single one of these came down to the wire. That said, we’re confident that these are the very best of a truly great bunch,” says judging convenor Shalee Fitzsimmons.
So, to our semi-finalists, congratulations! We couldn’t have hoped for a stronger pool of entries to move forward. “To pore over these photographs, and see all these little windows into a year in the life of Wellingtonians, it’s phenomenal,” says Shalee.
In the next stage, our judges will determine the finalists, whose work will be shown at the public exhibition from 29 June at Courtenay Creative.
Scroll down to see the semi-finalists in each category.
Whenua is land, territory, and the ground beneath our feet. In this category, photographers should celebrate the mighty Wellington landscape that provides us with so much.
Rainbow in the Valley by Shashank Jadhav Endless by Nin Kumpraewpan Spiderwebs, Ngaio by Kimberley Estall Phytoncide by Zariah Wilson Afternoon Mist by Kearnan Murphy Autumn Rays by Atley Durette Splash by Trixan Grande Crib by Alan Blundell Descending into the Blue by Olivia Lamb House in the Clouds by Kristina Hlavackova Meeting by Lotte Hawley Dusk by Anna Bolton Hinakura by Kate Glasson The very last light of the sun on Mount Kaukau by Steve Tribe The Beautiful Early Morning Mist on the Hills by Rosa Stewart Mountain Shadows by Kenny Leung Obsidian Sea by Matt Hagedorn Pylon Paradise by Philippe Bradfield Rat Proof Fence by Mary Livingston Rattle your dags by Scarlett Wild Ara Rangi by Jacqueline Cooper Sixteen Layers by George Thomson The Fog at Dawn by Bridget Sloane White Rock by Mike Moran Whakaata by Lotte Hawley
A place is nothing without its people, and Wellington has some of the best. This category is all about showcasing the humans of Wellington – the things they do and the things they love.
Dive by Morgan Fowler Threads of heritage by Mele Tau’alupe Beach Rituals by Mike Gong Chaoson at home in his dad’s garden by Harriette Leake Crossword by Vita O’Brien Taku hoa by Renati Waaka Death Stare by Zuyi Woon What are we fighting for? by Ryan Cuthill The Mysterious Gardener by Eduan Groenewald Floating Ball by Zuyi Woon Second Date by Henry Broadbent Fisherman by Benjamin McCallum Sunbathing by Nathan Hall Free Palestine by Zuyi Woon Love of past by Kate Glasson Freedom Bikers by Alan Blundell Brothers in arms by Michelle Crutchley MiaScoot by Benjamin McCallum Half Time Dip by Zuyi Woon Play by Sam Tanner Royal View, Newtown Fair by Greg Jennings Sunday by Faye O’Sullivan Te Tokotoru Tapu (The Divine Trinity) by Stef Muyco
From our dwellings to our roadways, the Wellington we live in has been constructed by human hands over generations. This category celebrates the constructed space that forms our region.
#theoryofprotection for Ukraine by Agnieszka Kowalew Good camouflage by Conor Dolman Wellington Airport Tower by Rob Fall Diagonal by Marco Brambilla Dose/Rits by Iolo Adams Dusk on lockdown day 5 by Anna Higgins Exposed by Lewis Ferris Form and Fold by Libya Munn Grid by Eva Kerer Internal Tunnel by Geraldine Pinlac Kakariki Cream by Alexander Pace Kite of Steel by Hang Ren Leading Lines by Benedict O’Flaherty On a walk to Aro park by Lauren Jack Packed by Nathan Hall Rise by Jamie Knight Slidey by Ashley Brown Temporary Solution by Alex Thornton Turnbull by Richard Spencer Beautiful Backside by Geoff Stahl Circle by Jamie Knight Clifton by Richard Spencer
The pandemic has reconstructed the relationship we have with our personal spaces. We want to see photography that speaks to your idea of the inside, whether that represents a space for socialising, privacy, or creativity.
Looking Out by Kevin Ballance Portal by Alan Beattie Debussy Rehearsal by Lauren Jack Bedroom by Asha Roberts What was home by Hannah Marklew Our house by Michelle Crutchley Mamma’s Bedside Essentials by Nina Cuccurullo Jamming on mount washing by Sam Tanner Last light by Andy Hansen Leaf and Lily by Felix Jackson Let the light one in by Kayt Bronnimann Lockdown Bread Rising by Jessica Keane Minecraft by Sam Tanner Molly by Alex Thornton School@Home by Libya Munn Shane’s Window by Kedron Parker Strawberry Nails by Isabella Sutherland Sushi Night by Isabella Sutherland Together by Jamie Knight
Show us movement in a still image. That’s the key to this category. There’s no one right way to interpret this, but we definitely want the image to communicate the idea of motion.
Welly Waka by Bobbi-Jo Burkitt Diving into summer by Bronwyn Kelly Lights in movement by Caetano Calestine Apple Cricket by George Thomson Autumn Splash by Abi Laven Beep beep by Philippe Bradfield Bird bath by Ben Winters Birds (2) – Lyall Bay by Jenny Heine Matariki Bursts by Bastiaan van Druten Cloud Inversion Encroaches an Oriental Bay Ritual by Johnny Hendrikus Driven by Brock Kilburn Passersby by Kristine Zipfel Flying Fox Fun by Melinda Mackenzie Fog Beams by Jack Burdan BJJ by Crystal Hart Liberty by Simon Wong My Body Is My Vehicle #16 by Sage Rossie Offside Trap on 35mm by Alex Smale Tail Lights by Paul Hamer Wavecrest Lyall Bay by Mary Livingston Young Star by Humaidi Ridwan
If you’re 21 years of age or under, we want to see your best photography. This is our only open category, with the only rule being that some aspect of Wellington is captured; its people, places, performances, or pooches.
Sun in February by Amélie Logan Billboard in a Transient State by Liam Philp Another Reflection by Leo Wooles-Ellery A summer day in Scorching Bay by Bruno Martin-Edwards A dogs life by Andie Hughes Camping by Asha Roberts A fish out of water by Charlotte Bruin listen to “not done loving” by mozie by Leo Wooles-Ellery Cupola by Toby Connor-Kebbell Dad by Lorenzo Buhne Life is a beach by Jed Stace Empty Beauty by Arlo Macmillan Damels #1 by Felix Jackson Herd on a hill by Brock Kilburn Lachie by Lorenzo Buhne Memories Do Rust by Charlotte Bruin Patiently waiting by Andie Hughes Rainy Wellington by Joshua Tansley Bubble Head Sister by Will Preston Rocks at the Waterfront by Ella Casey Say Cheese! by Charlotte Bruin Untitled by Zac Telem Smith