AVAILABLE NOW! – Winterstellar Calendar 2022

Winterstellar Calendar 2022
Winterstellar Calendar 2022 back cover

Twelve stunning images of the Otago night skies from the Winterstellar 2021 Exhibition.

Includes the spectacular and beautiful works of: Victoria Bowman, Paul Le Comte, John Ecksmann, Stephen Patience, Simon Williams, Izumi Schmidt, Michael Cookson and Andy Davey.

Special feature in month pages shows relative darkness of the night skies to help plan your own astro-photography adventures.

Astrophotography Competition 2021 Winners

Waipapa Point by Michael Cookson
Waipapa Point by Michael Cookson


Running from 18th June to 4th September 2022

at Central Stories Museum & Art Gallery, Alexandra

Winterstellar is an exhibition of astrophotography and videography. It is about SPACE, the stars and what we see from our place amongst them.

In OTAGO & SOUTHLAND we are blessed. Our climate gives us many clear nights. Our sparse population means there is little light pollution. The Southern Hemisphere is the best place to see the Galactic Core, the heart of our galaxy – the Milky Way. We are close enough to the pole to see the Aurora Australis or Southern Lights. 

However, this exhibition is also very much about TIME. We celebrate Matariki – the Maori new year, a time to reflect on what has passed and rejoice in new beginnings.

Winterstellar shares photographic works by both experienced photographers and those just starting out. These stunning images are a compression of time showing much more than can be seen with the naked eye. More stars, more colour. Time Lapse MOVIES in the exhibition are a combination of thousands of ultra high definition snapshots of time captured over hours.

See the movement of the stars across the stunning landscapes of Otago and Southland, in ways you have never seen before


Exhibitors 2021

Izumi Schmidt Uchida
Izumi Schmidt Uchida

Izumi was born and bred in Tokyo, Japan, and worked as publishing editor, radio producer, and TV researcher until she fell in love with Kakapo and moved to New Zealand. She has been involved in

Michael Cookson
Michael Cookson

Michael started as a hobbyist photographer in 2018 but it quickly turned into a passion for him. Michael lives in Mosgiel working as a Joiner, where his nature as a perfectionist and eye for detail

Simon Williams - Second Public School
Simon Williams

Freelance photographer, educator, environmentalist and father, Simon Williams has been involved in digital design and imaging for the last 25 years. Over the course of the last decade he has turned hi…

Paul Le Comte
Paul Le Comte

Paul is a landscape photographer and designer who lives on Otago Peninsula. As a geography teacher in his past life, his passion for meteorology and geomorphology informs the landscapes around, and sk…

Nuns Veil Night - Cory Marshall
Cory Marshall

Cory Marshall is a landscape photographer based in Wanaka, New Zealand. Originally from California, Cory and his wife Kelly relocated to Wanaka in 2017. Cory’s work focuses on stunning natural l…

Stephen Patience Photography
Stephen Patience

Stephen Patience is a renowned photographer who has twice been a ‘winner’ for time-lapse in the New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year.  Stephen has been engaged to produce time-lapse for TV …

Vicky Bowman Photography
Vicky Bowman

Vicky lives and works out of Omakau, Central Otago. Her journey with photography began in 1995 and she has been practising seriously for the past 5 years. Vicky is particularly keen on landscape photo…

Lauderdale Tractor by John Ecksmann
John Ecksmann

John is a Becks based photographer, videographer, and manufacturer of souvenir products. He arrived in Central Otago 8 years ago on a short holiday and never left. John says, “I was so blown away with…

Smoky nights - Leeanne Jenkins
Leeanne Jenkins

I have only been taking photos as a hobby now for the last 4 years, since Covid 19 my photography has improved incredibly, I thank my husband Blair for being my driver and support at

Andy Davey Photography
Andy Davey

IT Consultant by day, astro-photographer by night. Co-curator of the Winterstellar Exhibition and part of the organisation team for the 2021 Winterstellar Festival. Using getting shots away with the c…

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  • Alexandra Community Arts Council
  • Mcarthur Ridge Wines

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