Peter Turner Scholarship in Contemporary Photography

For someone entering their second year of the Master of Design, Master of Fine Arts, or the Master of Māori Visual Arts. You will have a strong lens-based practice.

Scholarship overview

Status: Closed

Key facts

Value: $5,000
Duration: One year's duration
Number available: One award
Type of study: Full-time, Postgraduate, Masters, Research

Application dates

Applications open: 8 December 2024
Closing date: 8 March 2025


Eligibility restrictions: New Zealand or Australian citizens or permanent residents. Full time study only. High achievement.

The Peter Turner Scholarship was established in memory of the late Peter Turner; esteemed author, editor, publisher, curator, and former teacher at the Wellington School of Design. While in New Zealand he contributed to public knowledge and understanding of the medium of photography through writing, teaching, public lectures, and curated exhibitions. This annual scholarship honours and remembers his special regard for those photographic practices he termed lyric, personal, or poetic documentary.

What you'll be studying

This is a postgraduate scholarship. You will be studying a Master of Design, Master of Fine Arts, or a Master of Māori Visual Arts with a focus on contemporary photography. You will preferably have a creative lens-based practice underpinned by social, cultural, political, or community concerns.

Eligibility criteria

You must be:

  • a New Zealand or Australian permanent resident or citizen
  • studying full-time
  • studying a specific programme

Application checklist

Include the following with your application:

  • a portfolio of 10 images of work
  • your CV
  • for first year applicants; a statement on the relevance of your photographic practice to the scholarship criteria
  • for first year applicants only; a proposed study plan and work output for the Master of Design, Master of Fine Arts, or Master of Māori Visual Arts
  • for second year applicants only; the Masterate thesis proposal with a focus on contemporary photography
  • a reference from your supervisor commenting on your proposed or current research and relevance to contemporary photographic practice

Selection considerations

When selecting our recipient we will consider the relevance of your photographic practice and thesis proposal. We will also consider your portfolio.