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Science Photographer of the Year exhibition

Event info

New Zealand's Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) in Auckland is showing the Royal Photographic Society’s Science Photographer of the Year exhibition, in its first showing outside of London. The exhibition is a highlight of the Museum’s reopening after more than two months of lockdown.

The images on display cover every aspect of scientific endeavour imaginable. Discover the beauty of raspberry mould, see eye-to-eye with a confused flour beetle, and get up close to the skull of 500-year-old King Richard III, tyrannical monarch of old but now fondly known as the ‘Carpark King’.

We have selected 47 incredible photographs to share with New Zealand audiences. Yes, they’re fascinating scientific studies, but they are also powerful artistic statements too” explains MOTAT’s Senior Exhibitions Curator, Simon Gould. “I think the emotion they invoke will take visitors by surprise. Every day during lockdown, every time the pandemic was mentioned we have been reminded that science is all around us. And these photographs communicate the power of science with such amazing force, we know this exhibition will be a very special, inspiring occasion for all the family.

The annual international competition has two entry categories; photographers over 18 years and an under 18 youth category.

Visitors will immediately appreciate the highly technical nature behind many of the images but it’s also worth noting that several entries, including the top award-winning photo for the youth category were shot using a smartphone.

We have carefully curated a range of images that we felt would resonate with our kiwi visitors and our New Zealand aesthetic. But this is a global competition, so it’s certainly our hope that after visiting MOTAT there will be many Kiwi’s wanting to enter this prestigious competition in 2020 and beyond. There’s no lack of talent here, artistic or scientific!” Simon added.

The Royal Photographic Society's Science Photographer of the Year exhibition opened on Tuesday, 26 May at MOTAT’s Great North Rd site. It will be on view until 22 November 2020.

Visit motat.nz for more information on the exhibition and on the Alert Level 2 precautions in place at the museum.

Event Organiser

Gary Evans



Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT)

805 Great North Road & Meola Road

Western Springs

Auckland, New Zealand