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Simon Devitt Prize for Photography 2020

Online Exhibition 

“We all observe fleeting moments and chance encounters in our daily lives. Moment by moment most of these dissolve into the ether. Sometimes one or two will stay with us. Very rarely are these moments, the special ones, captured.”

“The Simon Devitt Prize for Photography is both a fantastic opportunity for our students and a means to showcase the talents of New Zealand’s emerging creative minds .”

 

Established in 2008, the Simon Devitt Prize for Photography is open to all students from the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries at the University of Auckland. This popular photography competition is an annual event showcasing unique photographic perspectives from students with backgrounds in architecture, dance, design, fine arts, music and urban planning.

Each year, all Creative Arts and Industries students have the chance to enter and win $1,000.

The fitting theme for the 2020 competition is Isolation.

2020 Finalists
Theme: Isolation
Winner: John Golena
Bachelor of Architectural Studies

John Golena, Bachelor of Architectural Studies: It's just Me, Myself and I: Solo Ride until I Die

It’s Just Me, Myself and I: Solo Ride Until I Die
Runner-up: Joesua Leifi
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours)

You’re Unable to Connect
Commended: Justine Nicolas
Bachelor of Fine Arts

Kabanata (Kah-bah-nah-tah): Filipino | Chapter: English
Commended: Kseniya Porodnova
Bachelor of Fine Arts

Kseniya Porodnova, Bachelor of Fine Arts: Detachment

Detachment
Commended: Qiaoyan Zhu
Master of Fine Arts

2020

Commended: Harriet Cameron
Master of Architecture (Professional)

Vitreous Intervals

Commended: Leslie Son
Bachelor of Architectural Studies

Drowned Out

Commended: Eric Jang
Bachelor of Fine Arts/Bachelor of Arts
Eric Jang, Bachelor of Fine Arts/Bachelor of Arts: The Room
Eric Jang, Bachelor of Fine Aerts/Bachelor of Arts: The Room (2)

The Room

Tegan Allpress
Bachelor of Fine Arts

Tegan Allpress, Bachelor of Fine Arts: Keep Off (2&3)

Keep Off

Ebony Boskovic Mokofisi
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours)
Ebony Boskovic Mokofisi, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours): Beacon in the Storm

Beacon in the Storm

Terry Cheng
Bachelor of Architectural Studies
Terry Cheng, Bachelor of Architectural Studies: Reflection

Reflection

Daniel Cowley
Master of Architecture (Professional) & Heritage Conservation
Daniel Cowley, Master of Architecture (Professional) & Heritage Conservation: Beyond Pouērua Homestead, a remnant glimpse of Ngāpuhi landscape [1]
Daniel Cowley, Master of Architecture (Professional) & Heritage Conservation: Beyond Pouērua Homestead, a remnant glimpse of Ngāpuhi landscape [2)

Beyond Pouērua Homestead: A Remnant Glimpse of Ngãpuhi Landscape

Gabrielle De Baron
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Gabrielle De Baron, Bachelor of Fine Arts: Being With

Being With
Meleseini Faleafa
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Meleseini Faleafa, Bachelor of Fine Arts: Great Depression in South Auckland
Meleseini Faleafa, Bachelor of Fine Arts: Great Depression in South Auckland

Great Depression in South Auckland
Imogen Gentles
Bachelor of Architectural Studies
Imogen Gentles, Bachelor of Architectural Studies:-The temporality of reality holds without your hands

The Temporality of Reality Holds Without Your Hands

Kyle Guarin
Master of Architecture (Professional)

Densely Isolated

Karen Huang
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Karen Huang, Bachelor of Fine Arts: Against

Against

Sarah Kolver
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Sarah Kolver Bachelor of Fine Arts: Quarantine

Quarantine

Sachi Kapadia
Bachelor of Architectural Studies
Sachi Kapadia, Bachelor of Architectural Studies: In My Head

In My Head

Lydia Mo
Master of Architecture (Professional)
Lydia Mo, Master of Architecture (Professional): Walk

Walk

Sophie Thomson
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Sophie Thomson, Bachelor of Fine Arts: Untitled

Untitled

Jack Wu
Bachelor of Architectural Studies
Jack Wu, Bachelor of Architectural Studies: Dangerous World

A Dangerous (World)

Previous winners

2019 winner

2019 winner, Elam student Angela Yuyi Hu

Winner: Elam student Angela Yuyi Hu, Winning image (left): Untitled, Theme: House Hunting

2018 winner

2018 winner, Elam student Hannah Davey

Winner: Bachelor of Fine Arts student Hannah Davey, Winning image (left): Rise Up, Theme: Mythical

2017 winner

2017 winner, Master of Architecture (Prof) student LiWen Choy

Winner: Master of Architecture (Prof) student LiWen Choy, Winning image (left): Dissonance, Theme: How Are You?

2016 winner

2016 winner Jodie Salmond

Winner: Master of Fine Arts student, Jodie Salmond, Winning images (left): When I’m Night Driving, Theme: A Chance Encounter

2015 winner

2015 winner, Elena Lochore-Ward

Winner: Master of Architecture (Prof) student Elena Lochore-Ward, Winning image (left): San Francisco, Theme: Final Frontier

2014 winner

2014 winner, Alice O’Brien-Gortner

Winner: Bachelor of Architectural Studies student, Alice O’Brien-Gortner, Winning image (left): Extinguished, Theme: The In-between

2013 winner

2013 winner, Sam Wong

Winner: Bachelor of Architectural Studies student, Sam Wong, Winning image (left) Rider, Theme: Subterranean

With photographic work spanning forensics, sport and architecture, Simon Devitt started life in a South Auckland suburb, son of Janice and Brian and middle sibling of Aaron and Adele-Marie.

To find out what underpins his passion for photography and the grounds for his generosity, we virtually-visited Simon as he saw out his own self-isolation at his rural property just south of Auckland. 
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