I covered the New Zealand Post Book Awards this year at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland. The space was absolutely beautiful. The view from the atrium function space looks 360 over the city and harbour.
At the start of the evening, my assignment was to photograph the finalists in a small studio with a logo board. I used a couple of umbrellas on stands for the task, one as a key and the other almost side on to the face.
At the studio, I was working with a communications specialist from New Zealand Post for their social media chanels: https://twitter.com/nzpost, http://www.facebook.com/NewZealandPostBookAwards who was using an iPad to photograph the finalists as well. We worked in unison and also with another photographer from the New Zealand Herald. I really liked how these channels are gaining in popularity for organizations- I was also filing my photos on Dropbox for Emma McLeary to post on Booksellers NZ flickr stream and on Twitter for Booksellers New Zealand.
Another highlight was meeting 4 of the authors who will be representing New Zealand at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Faire. Hon Christopher Finlayson mentioned in his speech that New Zealand took up the challenge of being the feature country with only 1 year of preparation. Usually a county is given 3 years to prepare – we are really rallying as a country!
The overall winner of 2012 Book of the Year, John Dawson (co-creator Rob Lucas was not present) could not have been more humble. When he won the Illustrated non-Fiction category, he started to walk offstage without making a speech. Luckily presenter Jennifer Ward-Lealand course corrected and got him back on the stage for a few words…
Then of when John accepted the Book of the Year award, he again started to head back to his seat. I started to move toward the stage from where I was standing in the aisle, but again Jennifer was on the case and got to John!
Here are a couple more images of winners that I particularly liked from the evening: