In The Spotlight: The Show Must Go On

Over the last decade we have gone through some major shifts in the world of photography and become used to the ‘new normal’ with the time we used to dedicate to photography appreciation now measured in ‘fleeting moments’ and our reaction to those moments dictated by likes or emojis.


Instead of getting to know the photographer whose work we admire and learning a bit more about their life, their passion, and the message they are trying to communicate to us… we just click the ‘follow’ button.


While we are getting used to a ‘new normal’ right now in the world, we thought today’s selection of the latest featured photographs should serve as a reminder that there are some things in life which can’t be changed, cancelled, or restricted such as dreams, love, wonder, laughter.


In photographic art, the most important point to be communicated is that of emotion. Photographers want the viewer to share the feelings they felt when they were capturing that particular shot. Photographers communicate with the world using a visual language that knows no barriers. While enjoying the photos below, pause and think - Does any particular photo speak to you? Did the photographer manage to communicate their message to you? And most importantly how do these photos make you feel?


During this uncertain time we are very excited to welcome new members to the Excio family and to see our community growing. If you haven’t yet seen the latest collections on the Excio app – make sure you check them. Read the stories behind the photos and spend some time getting to know the photographer better. What you will see below is just a tiny tip of the iceberg with lots more photos and inspiration featured through our free-to-download app.


Fairy droplets by Anita Ruggle


Dunes By Air by Lex Rudd Photography

"Sossuvlei Dunes shot from the air. Captured using a Nikon D7200. Settings were 112mm focal length, f5.3, 1/3200 and ISO 800"


Fiordland on a wind day by K Beck


Day 32 Anzac Day by Ann Wheatley

"For the first time since since Anzac Day services began in 1916, New Zealanders are not able to gather together for public ceremonies to remember and honour all those who served and are still serving New Zealand in conflicts and peacekeeping. Instead, because of the lockdown, we held dawn observances at home. These poppies, the symbol of the Anzacs, are one example of homemade Anzac art I saw on a lockdown walk this morning. Did you know that you can lay a virtual poppy at the Auckland Museum Online Cenotaph? Gallipoli: The Scale of our War” at Te Papa and “They Shall Not Grow Old” by Peter Jackson both made a huge difference to my understanding of the terrible significance of the Great War, the sacrifice of all those who have died in warfare, and the contribution and suffering of all those who have served."



Cooper by Chrispick


Bremner Bay by Jacqui


Blue diamonds by Anita Ruggle


Archway Islands by Bikram Ghosh


The weight of the World by Lia Premius



Young Fur Seal pointing the way to the hut by K Beck


White Heron Mahinapua by Kim Free


Wide Open by SawImages


Weathering the storm by Gareth McKnight


Venice by Debbie Bayes


Waiting by Soulseeker (Carol Jardine)


Tui on our birdtable by Tania Mackie


Top of Autumn by Bill Wang


Veil by Fairlie Atkinson


The Wave by Anita Ruggle

"This photo was shot from a different angle at Lonely Bay- Shakespears Cliff. Loving the wave like movement. Ignimbrite, a rock produced by explosive volcanic eruptions around our area about eight million years ago. It is a fine-grained pumice, rock crystal, glass, volcanic ash dominated flow deposit formed from the cooling of pyroclastic material flowing from an explosive volcanic eruption. Canon 80d 400 iso ,f4, 1/350 sec."


The Trocadéro Golden Hour by Peter Kurdulija


The Daisy by Tania Mackie


Tahr Trio by Kim Free


Sunrise over Mangawhai estuary by Paul


Sucking on flowers by Sara Petercokeleyson photography


Strike a Pose by Vandy Pollard


Strawberry by Ivan D


Stewart Island Kiwi hunting at dawn by K Beck


Smiles from the river by Jared.Buckley


Pretty in pink by WMPhotography


Ripples by Kelly Pettit


Piwakawaka by Vicki Finlay


Oak leaf mandala by Heather Owens


Kereru take off by Kelly Pettit


Namib Cracks by Lex Rudd


Not cancelled by Soulseeker (Carol Jardine)

"What's not been cancelled during lockdown? Sunshine - and we had so much of that on this particular day! Laughter - makes the world a better place. Love - everybody! Smiling - cause everyone smiles right back. There's always a silver lining."


Moeraki sunrise by Lisa Yates Photography


Lockdown playtime by Karen Miller


Lake Wakatipu by Wayne


Koru by Diane Beguely


It's a blur by Susan Blick Photography


Airborne by Jared.Buckley


Silver-eye in the afternoon sun by Leanne Silver


Hawa Mahal Palace, Jaipur by Roy Cernohorsky

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