Image Credit: Chris Corson-Scott: We Passed the Setting Sun

the festival

Photival is a photography festival for positive change. Our aim is to show people thought provoking photographic work from all over the world and then give them the tools they need to help. We are working with established, international and home-grown photographers. We will showcase new talent from Massey University and a small selection of outstanding work from the general public from our Open Call competition. To enable positive social change each exhibition will be linked with a charity, NGO or activist group that works within the area being showcased by the photographer. We hope that by giving people the information and tools they need to get involved immediately they will not only feel more uplifted after seeing hard hitting work but they will be more likely to get positively engaged by giving Koha, signing up to volunteer or by simply educating themselves further.


2017 theme


Our world is in an age of being on the brink in many respects. Will we save or destroy our environment? Will we create technology that vastly improves our lives or that will stop us from living them? Will we alter the current political systems to make a better world? Will we consider cultures, species, languages important enough to save? These are widely important issues that need attention and what better way to do this than through the most communicable of mediums - photography. Our carefully curated selection of photographers explore this theme in hugely varied ways, bringing these issues to life in creative and engaging series of work. Visit our Events page to see what shows are on this year.



Demi Heath - Director

Demi studied Photography in the UK, working with magazines and studios for several years. Seeing the need for a photography festival in Wellington and with a strong interest in positive social action, Photival came into being. As well as curating the photographers work Demi also works closely with the galleries, guest curators and affiliated social justice partners to ensure the overall cohesion of the festival.

GoldFish Creative - Producers

Comprised of David Goldthorpe and Debbie Fish, they have a wealth of experience running events such as the LUX Light Festival, The Performance Arcade and TEZA as well as providing publicity services for film, theatre and events. 

Rebecca McMillan - Publicist
William Duignan - Graphic Design


And a big thanks to Samantha Short - Logo Design

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