Simon Devitt Prize for Photography

Established in 2008, this well-followed annual photography competition is open to all students from the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries at the University of Auckland.

Group of people standing around in a gallery at a photo exhibition. There are framed photos on the walls.

About the 2021 competition

The Simon Devitt Prize for Photography is an annual competition showcasing unique photographic perspectives from some of New Zealand's most talented emerging creative minds. 

All Creative Arts and Industries students are encouraged to enter this popular faculty competition whereby the winner is chosen for the most original and thought-provoking image which effectively captures the year's chosen theme 'Take Refuge'.

Entries for the 2021 competition closed Thursday 16 September.

The winning entrant receives a trophy and $1,000.

2020 winner Architecture student John Golena holding a trophy and photo books, standing next to Simon Devitt
2020 winner Architecture student John Golena with Simon Devitt

Background of the competition

Simon Devitt is an Auckland-based photographer specialising in architectural images. He established the Simon Devitt Prize for Photography award in 2008, initially for students from the School of Architecture and Planning, where he teaches architecture photography.

In 2016 Simon widened the competition to include all students from the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries to better reflect the faculty's versatile nature, incorporating architecture, dance, design, fine arts, music and urban planning.

Curiosity is the engine behind any good photographer. Be brave and take risks.

Simon Devitt, photographer

John Golena's winning photograph titled "It's Just Me, Myself and I: Solo Ride Until I Die"
Winning entry from the 2020 theme 'Isolation'. John Golena's "It's Just Me, Myself and I: Solo Ride Until I Die"

Exhibition

The 2021 Simon Devitt Prize for Photography exhibition will be conducted and exhibited entirely online from Wednesday 6 October due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This year's theme is Take Refuge.

With thanks to our valued sponsors Simon Devitt and John Leech Framing Workshop.