Thank you, NZP Photographers

We all know how time flies - This month marks two years since we took over the reins and started re-publishing NZPhotographer Magazine under the Excio brand.

In 24 months, NZPhotographer magazine has seen more than 10,000 readers in 89 countries, 593 cities with 4.7 M views. We've featured 318 photographers in Readers’ Submissions, and 105 photographers have shared their tips, insight, and travels in articles and interviews.

In its current form, NZPhotographer has always been and will continue to be the magazine that features photographers and their work as they (you!) share ideas, experiences, and journeys. Our continuous mission is to showcase to the world the moments captured here in NZ and beyond, to create and feature photography for good.

The magazine wouldn’t exist today if it wasn’t for all of the photographs you've submitted over the last two years, all of the people who have taken part in an interview or feature, and of course, our regular contributors. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the magazine whether it was with one photo or a series of articles – you shared your work, and you have made a difference. For some, you were that much-needed motivation, for others – you helped them learn something new and for all of our readers you were the reason why they should keep their passion with photography alive.

To celebrate this significant anniversary we decided to look back at all our issues and share with you some of the most inspirational quotes from featured photographers.

“Photographers speak the language of visuality and they use it to send profound and powerful messages. […] If beauty is in the eye of the beholder then the photographer is the guardian and preserver of that beauty.” Nemanja Milicevic
“If you are not already a photographer, NZ will turn you into one.” Rina Sjardin-Thompson
“Be sure to forget about photography for a moment to take in what you are looking at, to be in that moment of pure bliss. Being respectful of what you are seeing will change what you shoot, how you shoot it and help you forget about your other world for a moment.” Brendon Gilchrist

“I think there is some deep human connection that connects us all... There are so many things that divide us, but regardless of religions, regardless of nationalities and race, there is something really deep inside us that can connect us together and hopefully […] photography is the tool to make it happen.” Peter Kurdulija

“I’m always looking for places less photographed, but everyone else keeps going to the same spot so let’s put this challenge out there - Go and find something unique, something new... Nothing is impossible to achieve if you are willing to try.” Brendon Gilchrist

“Photography skills can take a long time to develop (I speak from experience!) but if you’re patient and persist it becomes second nature and the camera will become like your third eye. Sometimes it can take years for opportunities to manifest but it only takes one to turn your world upside down.” Joel Staveley

“If you are really passionate about doing something else, don’t wait for something nasty to force your hand or worse stop you. Life is for living and exploring it’s not a rehearsal. There is a lovely poem on a bronze plaque at the Blue Springs walk near Putaru which sums it up – Look up “Dust if you must”, and you’ll realise how much of your time is slipping away on things that are not important. Make it happen!” Ken Wright
“To be good at any type of photography you have to be passionate about your subject and have an understanding of it, it is this that will allow you to express the subject uniquely within your work.” Richard Young, New Zealand Photography Workshops

“Pūrākau – storytelling is for me one of the most powerful connecting forces in the world. Through the lens, I like to harness this force, this power of storytelling to capture not only the subject but also the deeper story, the magic, the heart, the emotion behind every moment caught.” Te Rawhitiroa Bosch
“Stories have the ability to go beyond the surface and communicate messages not always heard. Storytellers like Aesop, CS Lewis and even parables in the Bible, communicate messages by telling a story and the reader discovering the hidden meaning. Stories in imagery can do the same thing. I’m always intrigued to hear people translate my work into a meaningful dialogue. It is the story behind the story that can often move someone into a deeper understanding of themselves, others and the world around them.” Karen Alsop
“I find myself too often dreaming about what next piece of kit I’m going to buy next and have to keep telling myself the truth–spending more time taking photographs and honing my craft will improve my work a lot faster with better results than buying more toys.” Scott Cushman

“Know when to put the camera down. Photography can be the greatest avenue to arouse curiosity, to unleash creativity, or to record what you care about. But it can be intrusive, and can destroy an experience.” Shaun Barnett

“I believe that to become a good photographer is a very hard thing to teach, you need to shoot regularly and experiment with different things on your own and not limit yourself in any way.” Emre Simtay

“In the past, with film cameras, each click was so precious because the films were limited to 36 shots. We really used to think and click each shot and this is a missing craft since the introduction of memory cards on digital cameras.” Arun Ravindran

“Carefully study your own photos, and ask yourself a lot of “why” questions. Finding your own personal style is a lifelong, personal journey, so listen to your heart. As a great photographer, Ernst Haas, once said, “We see what we know until we know who we are, then we see what we feel.” Most of all, enjoy your journey!” Eva Polak
“It doesn’t matter what camera you have it’s what your eye sees that makes the image. I read recently about someone commenting on an image and saying “oh you must have a good camera?” and their response was “would you ask a chef if he has a good oven if he made you a nice meal?” Mike Bouchier

“Wherever I go, or whatever I see, now all I can think is “how can I photograph that differently than anyone else?” Daniel Winstead

“Work hard to have a few great images, rather than lots of average ones. Set your bar high, always!” Grant Beedie, Macrophy

“Just because your camera takes 10 shots/second, doesn’t mean you should. All you end up doing is filling your card up with duplicates and you usually miss the shot that really counts while your buffer unloads. Wait for the real shot, then take it.” Dominic Stove
“Find your unique style and develop that as each one of us has a different story to tell. I talk to so many photographers, especially woman, who compare their work to others so I say trust in your journey, work hard, and love what you do and do what you love.” Marina de Wit

“I discovered I could use photography to connect to others to help them to slow down, to stop long enough to firstly look then to see and experience the little things we all miss in our rushed daily lives.” Vicky O’Connor, ER Imaging Photography

“Photography is like anything, without practice, there Is no improvement. With digital cameras, all it will cost you is time and storage. There is no right; There is no wrong’ there is only what you like.” Richard Brooker

“It is essential to stay unique and not be caged by the lemming mentality of current trends, regardless of how popular they may be. Remember, the camera is just a tool that together with that precious creative bit inside of you, will impress and uplift the rest of us with visions of our surroundings we didn’t expect or imagine.” Peter Kurdulija
“Photography facilitates creativity, personal expression, communication, and changes the way kids look at the world. Once you begin to be able to communicate a message with an image, you start seeing the potential for photos, and for communication everywhere.” Fairlie Atkinson

“The message, the ‘why’ should be the driving force for decision making in the whole process of capturing and showcasing an image and should take most of the photographer’s attention.” Samuel Ogunlaja

“Time immemorial has seen artists / photographers making “Portraits of People”. I challenge you to leap into a new way of portraying people by building relationships before pressing the shutter.” Don McLeod

“Getting to know your subject, spending some time talking with them, is integral and a nice way to build rapport before you start pointing a camera in their direction.” Susan Blick

“I feel as though it is my duty to use my skill and my profession to do some good around me. If I have the gift of giving memories, it makes me happy to use it for people who need it most.” Parmeet Sahni

“When I stop to think about travel portrait photography I like to think that my purpose is to capture the character of the person or people and their environmental and/or cultural context. Take images that are story openers.” Peter Laurenson

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