10 December 2018 - Autumn 2019

Queens Wharf Connections photography exhibition expertly mentored and curated by internationally renowned photographer Tom Ang, is back for a fifth year.

Bringing together seven keen photographers for a public exhibition at Queen’s Wharf this summer, ‘Connections - Growth’ highlights Auckland as a city of growth.

Marking the fifth year of the Connections project, the exhibition is the result of a series of group mentoring sessions led by industry luminary Tom Ang. Created from scratch in six short but intensive weeks, the seven photographers took up the challenge to portray their city, Tamaki Makaurau, exploring the theme of ‘Growth’.

The resulting photographs showcase the diverse interpretations of growth in the city and the photographic styles that each artist has developed. The exhibition is a visual story, expressing a snapshot of a city that is rapidly growing in space, diversity, variety and confidence.


Featured photographers are:

Diana Hu

Deborah Kelland

Stephen Long

Kunal Kumar

Siran Li

Katya Pfenniger

Mariia Damask


Connections - Growth’ will be installed on the fence line of Queens Wharf over the duration of the 11th of December 2018 - 31 March 2019

You are warmly invited to join us in celebrating the exhibition opening from 5.30 - 7.30pm on the 11th of December.

'Connections – Growth’ is made possible with the generous support of Panuku Development Auckland


About Tom Ang

Tom is a photographer, author, educator, broadcaster. He has written 28 books on photography including the best-selling Digital Photographer’s Handbook published in twenty languages. His Digital Photography Masterclass was named The Crème De La Crème of the Top Digital Imaging Books of 2008 by Shutterbug Magazine. He won the Thomas Cook Award for Best Illustrated Travel Book for his book on the Marco Polo Expedition. He presented two ground-breaking series on photography for the BBC and an eight-part series for Channel News Asia, Singapore in 2009 (Bronze at the New York Film & TV Awards) for which he wrote the script. He was technical editor of Camera magazine, editor of Photography magazine, picture editor of The Sunday Correspondent Magazine and correspondent to numerous photography magazines. He was Senior Lecturer in photographic practice at the University of Westminster for 12 years (photography, digital photography, journalism and design at undergraduate and masters level) and led the BA Photography and MA Photographic Journalism courses. He pioneered academic links to the Former Soviet Central Asia, leading a Know How Fund project for journalism in Kyrgyzstan and helped found the Westminster International University in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He is a founding member of Wandsworth Photography Co-operative (now The Photo Coop), a founding member of the World Photographic Academy, initiated theStudent Focus of Sony World Photography Awards and former photography chair for the Royal Geographical Society’s Expedition Workshops. A UK citizen, he was born in Singapore and now lives in Auckland.


The small print:

1. Panuku Development Auckland respects your copyright. All photographs which you create remain your copyright. In return for their support of this project, you allow Panuku Development Auckland, without charge to use images made for this project for the purpose of promoting and publicizing this project.

2. Due to Tom’s busy schedule, he has committed to six Mondays in the dates stipulated above; however, which six out of seven he can attend will be subject to his travel schedule and we will endeavor to inform participants as soon as possible. 

3. Applicants affirm and declare that all images submitted to the competition is their own work and not of anyone else’s.