Richard Wood

Richard was born in 1979, in Hastings, New Zealand. In 1999 he graduated from UNITEC/EIT with a Bachelor of Business with Marketing, and in 2003 graduated from Wellington's Massey University with a Bachelor of Design, majoring in Visual Communication Studies. 

Richard works as an educator, mentor and judge for photographic industry professionals around the world. Richard is also an educator at 'The Portrait Masters, an online platform based out of the US. 

 

Richard Wood | Hawke's Bay Photographer and Artist

Richard's career outside of a photographic educator is based in the corporate/advertising genre and specialised portraiture. Richard has also worked in other creative fields such as over seeing set design for the Festival Opera, Judging the New Zealand Edible Fashion Awards and giving creative/art direction to many New Zealand advertising campaigns. 

Richard is a Grand Master of the NZIPP (New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography) where he has also been awarded the title of 'New Zealand Professional Photographer of the Year' four times, most recently in 2021. In 2020 Richard was the Creative Grand Award Winner at WPPI in Las Vegas and in 2021 was the Grand Award (overall winner) of the Asia Pacific Photographic Awards. These accolades head the long list of titles and awards received from organisations and competitions around the world.

Richard's first solo exhibition was in 2000 at the Hastings Community Arts Centre, with an exploration of photographic mediums. More recent shows have both been at the Boyd-Dunlop Gallery in Napier with creative fine art prints, in 2022 a show of augmented reality, creative portraits and now has different works available at both Cathedral Gallery and Boyd-Dunlop Gallery.

2021 NZIPP New Zealand PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

2021 NZIPP Open Portrait - Highest Scoring Print

2021 NZIPP Open Portrait Photographer of the Year

2021 NZIPP Expressive Photographer of the Year

2021 Awarded title of 'Master' at WPPI

2021 Asia Pacific Awards - GRAND AWARD | OVERALL WINNER

2021 Asia Pacific Awards - 1st Place Open Category

2021 Asia Pacific Awards - 2nd Place Open Category

2021 Asia Pacific Awards - 1st Place Portrait Category

2021 Asia Pacific Awards - 4th Place Portrait Category

2021 Asia Pacific Awards - 6th Place Portrait Category

2021 Asia Pacific Awards - 6th Place Wedding Category

2020 Awarded title of NZIPP Grand Master with 2 Bars

2020 NZIPP Grand Master of the Year

2020 NZIPP Open Portrait Category - Highest Scoring Print

2020 WPPI GRAND AWARD

2020 WPPI Illustrative 1st Place

2020 WPPI Contemporary Portrait 1st Place

2020 WPE International Photographers - Europe 3rd Place Award - Portrait

 

2019 World Photographic Cup. BEST OF NATION

2019 WPE International Photographers - Europe. 2nd Place Award

2019 WPE International Photographers - Europe 3rd Place Award

2019 NZIPP Open Portrait Photographer of Year

2019 NZIPP Illustrative Photographer of the Year

2019 NZIPP Highest Scoring Grand Master

 

2017 NZIPP NEW ZEALAND PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Bar to Grand Master of Photography (GMNZIPP x2)

2017 NZIPP Illustrative Photographer of the Year

2017 NZIPP Creative Portrait Photographer of the Year

2017 NZIPP Grand Master of the Year

 

2016 New Zealand Grand Master of the Year

2016 Finalist NZIPP New Zealand Professional Photographer of the Year

2016 NZIPP Central Districts Professional Photographer of the Year

 

2015 Finalist NZIPP New Zealand Professional Photographer of the Year

 

2014 NZIPP NEW ZEALAND PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

2014 NZIPP New Zealand Illustrative Photographer of the Year

2014 Awarded title of Honorary Spider Fellow

 

2013 Awarded with the title of 'NZIPP Grand Master of Photography'

2013 Finalist NZIPP Professional Photographer of the Year

 

2012 International Colour Awards (Master's Cup) Portrait 2nd Place

2012 International Colour Awards (Master's Cup) Portrait 3rd Place

2012 NZIPP New Zealand Classic Portrait Photographer of the Year

2012 NZIPP New Zealand Illustrative Photographer of the Year

2012 NZIPP Highest Scoring Colour Print

2012 Finalist NZIPP New Zealand Professional Photographer of the Year

 

2011 NZIPP NEW ZEALAND PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

2011 NZIPP New Zealand Creative Portrait Photographer of the Year

2011 International Colour Awards (Master's Cup) Portrait 2nd Place

2011 International Loupe Awards Portrait 3rd Place

 

2010 Finalist NZIPP New Zealand Professional Photographer of the Year