Richmond’s Sarah McGregor is leading the team that will host the biggest weekend on New Zealand’s photography calendar.
Sarah’s photography journey started when she wanted new-born photos of her second child and found the only supplier in the market had closed. Seeing a gap, she bought a camera and started Mini Me, her business that focuses largely on new-born and family photography, along with business headshots.
Now the executive director of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP), Sarah is thrilled to have the annual Iris Professional Photography Awards and the New Zealand Photography Show in Nelson this year.
“We are able to offer enthusiasts, professionals and the general public five days of inspiration, education and bringing people together, through an amazing speaker line-up, workshops, live shoots, demonstrations, the awards judging and gallery, and an industry trade show,” says Sarah.
Acknowledging the difficulties professional photographers have faced over the past year, the NZIPP has included a talk from mental health ambassador Mike King, along with sessions on business and a wide range of photography genres.
“I had a friend whose husband lost his job,” says Sarah. “She couldn’t continue shooting because she needed to support her family. She applied for a job and there were 400 applicants.”
She says a lot of people have really suffered, particularly those focused on wedding photography with many shoots cancelled in 2020.
Sarah hopes to add to her previous awards this year and says bringing the photographic community together is an amazing opportunity.
The annual Nikon Iris Awards, with live judging taking place across three days, are open to the public to come and watch as the judging happens. This runs from 8am to 5.30pm from Monday 26 – Wednesday 28 July.
“This is an excellent way for photographers to learn and grow in their work, even if they have not entered. Simply watching and listening to the feedback given is an excellent resource for all photographers, regardless of their photography skills and experience,” says Sarah.
There workshops and the opportunity to get a new headshot taken by a professional.
The open evening is from 6pm to 8pm on 28 July at the Trafalgar Centre.

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