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.

Simon Devitt Prize for Photography exhibition

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.

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

Simon Devitt with the 2019 winner, Elam student Angela Yuyi Hu

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

Winning entry from the 2019 theme 'House Hunting'. Image: Angela Yuyi Hu, 'Untitled'

The 2020 Simon Devitt Prize for Photography will be conducted and exhibited entirely online due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

This year's fitting theme is Isolation.

 

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