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Winners of Capital Photographer of the Year announced

Untitled, by Jiaqi Tang, Supreme winner and winner of the Triptych category. Capital Photographer of the Year 2021.
“I always look for a space that escapes reality. In this space, I can embrace both truth and art. To me, that's the essence of photography.” – Jiaqi Tang, Capital Photographer of the Year 2021



Jiaqi Tang is the Supreme winner of the inaugural Capital Photographer of the Year competition. Winners of the various categories were also announced at a ceremony at Te Auaha Gallery, Dixon St, Wellington on Thursday 1 July.


Capital Photographer of the Year celebrates Greater Wellington, its beauty, creativity, and people. More than 1,200 entrants vied for the inaugural Capital Photographer of the Year award, and 18 entries were chosen as finalists. Jiaqi won the Triptych category and the supreme award with his work, Untitled. As the supreme winner, Jiaqi takes home the title of Capital Photographer of the Year 2021 and a $1,000 cash prize donated by keen photographer Mazz Scannell.


Judge Neil Pardington said Jiaqi’s images conveyed, “a strong sense of narrative with beautiful light, colour, and composition."


The other category winners are Paul Hamer (Whenua), Rob Vanderpoel (Structure – sponsored by Warren & Mahoney), Yin Hsien Fung (Mobile), Monica Winder (Society – sponsored by Masonic Villages Trust), and Lorenzo Buhne (Youth).


Further information: 

Public exhibition

Capital Photographer of the Year – The Exhibition

Te Auaha Gallery, 65 Dixon St, Wellington

2–11 July


People’s Choice Award

The public is invited to vote for their favourite image for the People’s Choice Award.

Vote in person at Te Auaha Gallery or online here.

Voting closes 12 July.


Judging panel

Sean Aickin, Janet Bayly, Bonny Beattie, Steve Boniface, Joyce Campbell, Conor Clarke, Russ Flatt, Mark Gee, Henry Hargreaves, Gavin Hipkins, Rebecca Kempton, Jacqui Kenny, Grant Maiden, Jeff McEwan, Marcia Page, Neil Pardington, Anne Noble, Jono Rotman, Matariki Williams, and Virginia Woods-Jack.

The panel was convened by Capitals Art Director Shalee Fitzsimmons.

Read about the CPotY Judges here.



Capital Publishing Ltd produces Capital magazine from their HQ in Mt Victoria, Wellington. Led by Managing Editor Alison Franks, Capital Publishing has been working with local writers, poets, photographers, designers, and illustrators to tell the stories of the wider Wellington region for more than eight years.

This year Capital received an Award of Excellence in the International Creative Media Awards, which honours outstanding design and concept. In 2020 Capitals Art Director Shalee Fitzsimmons was awarded Best Designer at the Webstar Magazine Media Awards – New Zealand’s top design award for magazines.

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1 Jul 2021