If a picture paints a thousand words, then surely an exhibition paints a novel.

This winter season, Auckland Museum is hosting not one, but two photography exhibitions, showcasing work from some of the best professional photographers from around the world as well as from our own backyard.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year section is a mesmerising collection of all things nature. From a wild coyote lurking on a Canadian train track at sunset, to a polar bear half submerged in the icy Arctic waters, to panoramic views of the Northern Lights, these photos capture the beautiful moments of nature in its purest form.

The other half of the exhibition shines the spotlight on everything Kiwi. NZ–LIFE brings together the best of the New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year finalists from the past three years of this national competition. From a Tui in midflight near Invercargill, to a father and daughter rowing a boat at dusk in Mangawhai Heads, this exhibit transports the viewer across NZ society, culture, wildlife and landscape in a heartbeat.

Best of all, both exhibits are 100% free, and you definitely do not need to be a photo buff to appreciate the breath-taking artistry that takes you to all ends of the Earth. There’s even a small showcase highlighting the evolution of the camera, from the 1800’s fixed-tripod camera to the iPhone and iPod Touch. Instagram anyone?

A photo is a window to a different world, so if you’re looking for that winter escape but you’re short on time and money, then Auckland Museum is the perfect destination this season.

By Jono Soo

For more information check out the Auckland Museum website.




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