Download FOTOFEST exhibition map here


We are excited to again be planning for a second annual city-wide photography event to take place within Hastings, Heretaunga in September for ten days.

FOTO FEST will again provide a platform for established photographers and hobbyists and will also include national exhibitors ,workshops and talks.
A  creative event for everyone to enjoy, of all ages, with our without a camera !

A special focus to support emerging and youth creatives wanting to establish their work into the public arena. 

FOTOFEST has 6 areas of focus

  • Community

  • Culture inclusion

  • Diversity

  • Youth 

  • Environment 

FOTO FEST HASTINGS 2022 is managed by FOTO IWI creative charitable trust and supported by Hastings District Council City Activation Funding.

Goals and Objectives :

  • Be inclusive and accessible to all people, utilising key relationships with community groups and organisations

  • Engagement for all ages with or without a camera

  • High level of youth engagement through fun promotions and competitions Region-wide community promotion partnerships and participation

  • Represent diverse and differently abled persons where possible

  • Supporting and encouraging local emerging film makers, photographers and graphic artists with a photographic focus to develop and exhibit their work to the public throughout the event 

  • Provide education to emerging creatives to add value to their craftsmanship through workshops 

  • Strengthen regional identity and assisting the development of tourism in the region

  • Promote and develop FOTO FEST as an ongoing community annual event as part of FOTO IWI vision and mission

  • Continue and manage the FOTO FEST under COVID protection framework and stringent Health and Safety policy and procedures as required