4-26 may 2019

Photival is the not-for-profit, Wellington documentary photography festival focusing on social, economic and environmental issues.  Our aim is to show people thought provoking and inspiring photographic work and then give them the tools they need to engage with positive change. 

2019 theme - influence

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What are we, our communities and the earth influenced by? How do we influence one another - and how does artistic influence render new results? With a focus on local photographers we'll share some of the best documentary photography in New Zealand. Under this years festival theme of Influence we have partnered with ActionStation. ActionStation is an independent, crowdfunded, community campaigning organisation that aims to positively influence and enact people powered change. For more information visit our Partners page.

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free exhibitions

Te Auaha : New Influencers & Photobook NZ/AU : 4 - 26 May (opening hours on exhibition page)

New Zealand Portrait Gallery : Edith & George : In Our Sea of Islands : Now - 26 May

Photospace : Mary Macpherson : The Long View : 3 May - 3 June

FLUX : Save the Children : 100 Years of Child Rights : 4 -26 May

Suite Gallery : Geoffrey Batchen : Live From the Moon : 4 - 26 May

Adam Art Gallery : Edith Amituanai : Double Take : 11 May - 14 July

Please check the gallerys’ websites for their individual opening times


Influence + Impact: Save the Children in Daulatdia Brothel : 4 May : Free

Talk; Todd Henry : 7 May : Free

Live From the Moon: A Conversation : 9 May : Free

Talk; Haru Sameshima : 11 May : Free

Urban Photo Workshop : 11 & 12 May

Photo Film Weekend : 18 & 19 May

BTS Te Papa’s Photography Collection : 25 May

Edith Amituanai + Anna Miles in Conversation : 26 May : Free

Photo-Booth Competition : Ongoing : Free


#photoinfluencers competition

We want to know what photographer has influenced you the most and why! Post with your answer on Facebook or Instagram with  #photoinfluencers and Photival and Splendid Photo. You'll be entered into the prize draw to win all this booty worth $140! 📸 Thank you so much to Splendid Photo for this amazing package.

- Splendid tote - Splendid T-shirt (colour and size of you choice) - 2 x medium dev & scan packages (B&W and colour) - 1 x B&W 35mm film, 1 x colour 35mm film

The winner will be announced at the conclusion of the festival at the end of May. Good luck!


New Influencers peoples choice award

Vote for your favourite New Influencer at Te Auaha Gallery in the People’s choice award and be in with a chance to win a Sony HD AS50 Action Cam (left) & accessories! The People’s Choice winner will be gifted an A6300 E-Mount Camera with E-Mount 16-50mm zoom lens (right) from Sony to enhance their ongoing practice.


Photival 2019 is generously supported by Wellington City Council.


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