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Peter Turner Scholarship in Documentary Photography

History of award

The Peter Turner scholarship has been established in memory of the late Peter Turner; esteemed author, editor, publisher, curator, and former teacher at the Wellington School of Design. Peter Turner came to New Zealand from London, England, with a long established international reputation for his renowned editorship of the British photography journal Creative Camera. While in New Zealand he championed photography as an art form and contributed to public knowledge and understanding of the medium through public lectures, and exhibitions of contemporary New Zealand photography. He is especially remembered for the friendship and support he offered many photographers and his special regard for practices he termed lyric, personal, or poetic documentary.


One scholarship will be awarded once each year to an exceptional candidate wishing to advance their photographic work through a period of postgraduate study.


New Zealand and Australian citizens enrolling for full-time study leading to the Degree of Master of Fine Arts in Photography are eligible to apply.

The award will be made to the highest quality Masters project proposal, accompanied by a digital portfolio of photographic work, and a statement about how their work relates to and expands a contemporary understanding of documentary photography.

Number of awards





One year.

Closing dates

15 December 2020
15 December 2021

How do students apply?

Applications close with the Executive Assistant, School of Fine Arts on 15 December in the year prior to which the award is to be held.
Application forms are available from the School of Fine Arts, Massey University, Private Box 756, Wellington, New Zealand.
Application Form

Decision makers

The Scholarship will be recommended by a Selection Committee comprising the College of the Creative Arts Scholarships Committee representative (or nominee), the Head of the School of Fine Arts (or nominee), the Director of Photography; and the School of Fine Arts Director of Postgraduate Studies (or nominee).

Conditions of acceptance

The award may be held concurrently with other bursaries or scholarships.

The selection committee may refrain from making an award if there is no applicant of sufficient merit.

Should the applicant wish to change the proposed research topic, permission must be sought from the SoFA Director of Post Graduate Studies. Any change must be fully supported by the supervisor. The Chair of the Scholarships Committee must be notified of any significant approved changes.

These regulations may be modified by Massey University from time to time as may be required in accordance with the general intent of the scholarship.


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