Capture the Moment 2023

Showcase your talent in our photography competition.

About Capture the Moment 2023

Capture the moment is our photography competition for New Zealanders who have an intellectual disability or an intellectual disability and autism.

Building on the success of the IHC Art Awards, we wanted to showcase the talent of New Zealanders through a different medium.

The theme of this year’s competition was “your Aotearoa, New Zealand".


First place

Ducks in mid flight over grass near Lake Taupo
Cameron Henson
Dog Frightens Ducks, Lake Taupo

Second place

A black and white photo with a paraglider in the air over the grassy beach
Chloe Zuppicich
Karioitahi Beach

Third place

The lit up Auckland sky tower against a dark sky with colourful shipping containers in front of it
Jade Laughton
Wake Up Auckland

Youth Award

A sunset between winter trees with leaves on the ground
Ben Scurr
Between the Forests

Online gallery

Explore the captivating collection of Art Awards entries in our online gallery.

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FOTO FEST in Hastings City

The top 30 finalists will be exhibited at FOTO FEST in Hastings City from 15 to 25 September 2023. The photos will be displayed at FOTO FEST's main gallery at 129 Heretaunga Street West, Hastings (corner Hastings and Market Streets).

The photographs will be for sale with 100% of the sale proceeds going to the photographer.

FOTO FEST is a city-wide visual art and cultural event to take place within Hastings City including local galleries, community spaces, inside and out, local businesses and retailers.

FOTO FEST is managed by FOTO IWI, a creative charitable trust.

Judging panel

Dame Denise L’Estrange-Corbet

“I am absolutely delighted to be a Judge for the IHC Capture the Moment 2023 photographic exhibition.

Having worked with the IHC Art Awards for many years I am always so astounded by the calibre of work achieved by the artists, regardless of what medium it is in."

Dame Denise is the CEO of the fashion house WORLD, which was established in 1989.  She is also the IHC Art Awards Ambassador and Patron of IHC New Zealand.

She is a great lover of the arts and wishes every business and house/dwelling in the country had a piece of art in it by people with disabilities as it would make the world a better place, because art makes people happy.

Anna Briggs

Anna Briggs is a freelance commercial photographer based in Wellington. After studying a diploma of photography at Massey University Anna decided to stay in Wellington and has since worked in the photography industry there for the past 7 years. Anna specialises in portraiture, interiors and food photography often using natural light to showcase her subject matter.

Anna photographs for a range of local businesses including restaurants, artists, artisan food producers, interior designers, magazines and more.

Shayne Jeffares

Shayne is a Hawke’s Bay based “people photographer”, his experience is in photographing families, weddings, and events. With a passion for supporting the community his relationship with IHC goes back 10 years when his gallery, owned by himself and his wife Cath, hosted the Regional Art Awards and “Take a moment Exhibition”.

Shayne manages a creative trust, Foto iwi, which provides programmes and workshops around photography and digital media, one of these is a career pathway programme for youth, where a newspaper is produced for the community to enjoy. Over the last three years Shayne has worked alongside IHC in offering photography workshops in a group environment where new skills are developed, and friendships formed for those involved.

Shayne approached IHC to see if they would consider launching a photography competition and suggested having this exhibited at the first photography festival in Hawke’s Bay, which he had established in September last year. This was the start of “Capture the moment photography competition” which Shayne is proud to be a judge for this year.

Shayne looks forward to seeing the entries for this year's theme, “My Aotearoa” and continuing to encourage people to enjoy all photography has to offer.

Image credit: Callum Flett, 'Dunedin Railway Station', Capture the moment winner, 2022

Two people waiting at the platform at Dunedin Railway station under a Dunedin sign and metal roof

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