CPotY 2022 Judging Panel

Capital Photographer of the Year (CPoTY) is back for 2022.

We’ve assembled twenty of New Zealand’s leading creatives. Get to know the people making the tough decisions. To see their judging criteria, click here.


Entry is free and submissions close April 27 2022. Enter here.


Shalee Fitzsimmons Judging panel convenor Shalee (Ngāti Tūwharetoa) is a creative director and designer currently based in Wellington. She has developed stories and campaigns for some of New Zealand’s leading brands, including Whittaker’s, All Birds, and Trade Me. She is currently the Art Director for both Capital and ArtZone magazines, winning Best Designer at the Webstar Media Awards in 2020. Read more about Shalee here.



Lisa Reihana Lisa (Ngāpuhi-Ngāti Hine-Ngāi Tū-Te Auru) is among the most renowned contemporary artists in Aotearoa. Her multidisciplinary practice includes film, photography and sculpture. In 2017 she represented New Zealand at the Venice Biennale. Lisa has received numerous awards, including an Arts Laureate Award (2014), Te Tohu Toi Ke Te Waka Toi Maori Arts Innovation Award and is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (2018). Read more about Lisa here.


Chris Sisarich Chris is a commercial and lifestyle photographer who dabbles in the moving image. He’s also the only CPotY judge to have also been a judge on New Zealand’s Next Top Model. Based in Auckland, he’s shot in Prague, Los Angeles, Egypt, and Mali. Chris has exhibited work locally and in the USA, and was featured in Lürzer’s Archive Top 200 commercial photographers globally in 2013, 2015, and 2018.


Derek Henderson Derek photographed the iconic Vogue shoot of Jacinda Ardern and has documented cultures in all corners of the globe through his large-format travel photography. His work appears in exhibitions, archives, advertisements, and magazines across the world. Derek’s mixed focus of fashion, travel, and fine art photography has made him both a sought-after commercial photographer, and a renowned photographic artist in his own right.


Lizzie Bisley Lizzie is the curator of modern art at Te Papa. She studied at Victoria University and the Royal College of Art in London, working thereafter at the V&A, curating a number of major exhibitions on modernism and 20th-century design for their millions of visitors. Her recent exhibitions include Surrealist Art: Masterpieces from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and Rita Angus: New Zealand Modernist. Read more about Lizzie here.



Virginia Woods-Jack Virginia is an award-winning British-born photographic artist, curator, and arts advocate living and working in New Zealand. She is the founder and curator of Women in Photography NZ & AU. Her work has been featured in ArtZone, Harper’s M