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FOTOFEST Speakers Lineup

Check out our lineup of talks and workshops. All from 129 Heretaunga Street ( Former AMI Building) unless otherwise noted.
All talks are free to attend unless indicated.
Saturday 16th September

  • 10:00am Chris Helliwell

  • 11:00 am Eva Bradley 

  • 12:00pm Dean Zilwood

  • 1:30pm   Glenn Cook

  • 2:30pm Katie Hoy

    See full details on each presenter below. 

Sunday 17th September
1pm -2:30pm  Eva Bradley - "GRAB YOUR DEVICE" - said no parent, ever - for ages 8-12  $25

10/10 Ten Photographers,
10 images come and be inspired. 

Hawke's Bay Photographic Society
Print appraisal and editing workshop. Send in your "My Favourite Hawke's Bay Spot" for appraisal at this workshop. As well members of the club will be on site to discuss how their club supports those with a passion for all things photography.
Email your image to :

Saturday 23rd Dave Simpson


Sunday 24th September
Printing and Framing Master Class with Chris Helliwell and Rachael Smith @ Edges Art + Framing
4 Donnelly St Havelock North
More info here

Dave Simpson 
Saturday 23rd September 2:00pm

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a live music concert photographer?  This is the workshop for you if you want to hear the good, the bad and the ugly about what goes on behind (or in front of) the scenes.Is it all backstage passes, hanging out with the stars at the after-show party and selling your images for thousands of dollars?  (spoiler alert: not usually)

Dave has shot hundreds of shows for Getty Images and local magazines.  He knows a thing or two about it, and is happy to share his journey and some of his experiences along the way.  Expect plenty of insights including how to get a photo pass, what makes a great photo and what really happens after a show.If you’re a photographer looking to get in to live music concert photography, you’re someone who is interested in the world of celebrity, or you just fancy a sit down on a Saturday afternoon, then sign up for what is sure to be a fun talk.
Short bio:
Dave Simpson is a live event and people photographer based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.  He has a passion for capturing the excitement of live music shows and can be regularly seen in the photo pit at gigs big and small.His images regularly appear in local and international publications including The New York Times, USA Today, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Forbes, Vanity Fair, Pitchfork and the NME.

Chris Helliwell
Saturday 16th : 10am

Chris Helliwell is a renowned wildlife photographer who has captured stunning images that have been widely featured and celebrated in various prestigious publications and exhibitions around New Zealand. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for nature, Chris has carved a niche for himself in the world of wildlife photography.

Over the years, Chris has won numerous accolades and awards for his outstanding work, including the coveted 2018 and 2022 NZIPP Nature Photographer of the Year awards, as well as the 2018 and 2017 Photographic Society of New Zealand National Exhibition Gold Medal and the William C Davies Memorial Trophy for the Champion New Zealand Natural History print. His impressive accolades also include the 2016 D-Photo amateur Photographer of the Year, Macro Section, and the 2013 Nature's Great Photography Competition.

Chris's photographs are a testament to his technical mastery, artistic vision, and deep connection to the natural world. His images capture the essence and beauty of the natural world in a way that is both captivating and inspiring. From majestic wildlife to intricate macro shots, Chris's portfolio showcases his versatility as a photographer and his ability to capture the essence of his subjects in a unique and compelling way.

Chris's work has not only earned him numerous accolades but also garnered him a large and devoted following of photography enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. His dedication to his craft and his deep love for the natural world continue to inspire and motivate others to appreciate and protect the environment we share.

Eva Bradley LOVE & LAUGHTER - The art and business of photographing people.

Saturday 16th 11am
For 20 years, Hawke's Bay local Eva Bradley has pursued her passion for telling people's love stories in pictures, as both a wedding and family photographer.
The region's landscapes always have played a big part in her work but it's honest, heartfelt emotional connections between people that most interest her, and breaking down the barrier between subject and shooter to allow that to happen has sustained her love for photography over two decades.

Eva is also passionate about the business of photography and the importance of operating in a smart and sustainable way to ensure a creative passion can also be a financially rewarding profession.Learn how she does this and gain insight into how to connect with the people you photograph and tell their love stories during Eva's talk.

Saturday 16th, 12:00pm

Dean is an Award-winning, New Zealand based multi-disciplinary director/photographer - a visual storyteller.  When he's not filming digital content, he's taking photos.  It's safe to say he is happiest when working behind  - or near - a camera.  This hands-on approach has helped hone his ability to spot candid moments that usually go unseen.The graphic visuals Dean creates, are designed to feel like impressions of a moment that, like a memory,  help form a visual connection.  He's renown for effortlessly working with the subject as this is where his true passion comes from.

 Dean has over 20 years working with imagery and can concept and storyboard through to the finished result whether it's stills or motion.He's a small team person - get the job done kinda guy.  It is all about the results -  a creative machine - efficient and fun.

 His images have regularly appeared in Graphis and  Taschen Design publications and he's been awarded Silver and Bronze Lions for his work on Lego.

 From brooding & emotional to colourful and exotic,  his work always stands alone for its unity between concepts, craft and technique.

Glenn Cook  
Saturday 16th 1:30pm

Glenn's journey unveils a devotion to analog photography. Amid digital dominance, he hails film's magic through diverse stocks, cherishing Hasselblad, Rolleiflex, Leica and 4x5 Linhof cameras. His patient, deliberate approach yields timeless narratives, resonating beyond the instant. Beyond his work, Glenn mentors, sharing the legacy and fueling a renaissance of analog appreciation. His odyssey stands as a testament to patience, artistry, and the enduring allure of film.

Katie Hoy - 100 Women
Saturday 16th 3:15pm

Katie Hoy is a photographer born in England and based in Rotorua, bay of Plenty. She has a BA(Hons) in Fine Art and English Literature from the University of Exeter and a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Auckland.
Most recently she has been exploring themes of identity, person and place through 100 Women Rotorua and 100 Men Rotorua; long term portrait projects which take the population statistics as a starting point to explore diversity.
The women are from Rotorua, but their stories are universal. The women in this project have an abundance of knowledge, expertise, leadership, love, and experience. It is a pleasure to bring the exhibition to Fotofest, to share and celebrate community and the diversity unique to New Zealand.