Antarctica Uncovered

A photo event to share your memories
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Unique insights of life in Antarctica

The New Zealand Antarctic Society – Wellington Branch, presents “Antarctica Uncovered”: an exhibition of personal photographs with a focus on how people interact with each other and the environment in Antarctica.

A two week display of the photographs will close with an open auction of all items in the exhibit and proceeds will be donated to the New Zealand Antarctic Society – Wellington Branch. These donations will be used to cover costs and aid in future Antarctic Society events.

Every year, people from diverse backgrounds journey to this frozen landscape to research and explore. They capture their experiences as most of us do; through the eye of a camera. For many, they are capturing their first impressions, their awe at experiencing the vastness of this alien landscape for the first time. For others, this land is not alien but familiar, they capture a view of a world they have come to know so intimately.

These captured viewpoints are often only shared with family and close friends and then stored away. The NZAS would like to uncover these spectacular images and display them to the public for the first time. Unlike professional photographs of Antarctica used in advertising and media, these intimate, personal images reveal the experiences of people living and working in this fascinating part of our planet. Images may include action shots, experiences, photos of animals or unique landscapes.

Exhibition Details

The exhibition will run for two and half weeks in the foyer of Te Toki a Rata at Victoria University of Wellington and will open on the evening of Tuesday, 3rd September.

The closing event on Thursday, 19th September from 6.30 pm, with drinks and nibbles provided. The auction starts at 7.15pm and will finish by 9 pm.


Submitted entries will be reviewed by a panel and ~30 photos will be selected for presentation. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd highest selling photos will receive a prize and the selected photos will be displayed on the Facebook page during the exhibition for a ‘people’s choice’ award.

The winning photos will be displayed on the society’s website and Facebook page. Watermarks will be placed on the photos to protect from reproduction.

Instructions for submission

Email us a digital copy of your photo in .jpeg format, of at least 300 dpi (dots per inch) and a short (<100 word) description including the photographer, date, location and background of the moment captured. E-mail:

[email protected]. That’s it!

Photoshops can digitise slides and photographs (try your local Warehouse Stationary) at your own cost. We will print the photos and size appropriately for display, with the caption. The digital file will not be retained and NZAS-Wellington Branch maintain all rights to the display and sale of the single print edition.

You can submit up to 3 photos and all entries must be received by 16 August 2019. NZAS members entry at no charge. Non-member entry will incur a $20 fee (payment details will be emailed).


Photographers, sponsors and any interested parties will be invited to the closing night.


Support the exhibition!

Any interested sponsors will have their name/logo associated with advertising of the event and be on display during the exhibition.

Special sponsors will be mentioned on the closing night.

To view the exhibition, a donation or koha is appreciated.