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Winterstellar Exhibition 2020

Winterstellar 2020 Astro Exhibition


At Central Stories Museum
Centennial Avenue, Alexandra

Returning July and August 2021


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Astrophotography Workshop with Simon Williams
Astrophotography Workshop with Simon Williams

UPDATE: 24th September 2020 On Friday 28th August we had the privilege of Simon Williams presenting the first Winterstellar Astrophotography Workshop. All those present at the Alexandra Golf Club w…

Exhibition Opening Night
Exhibition Opening Night

Friday 17th July 2020. The 70 people who attended the opening of the Winterstellar 2020 Exhibition last Friday were treated to two excellent talks. The first was by exhibitor and award winning t…




Winterstellar is an exhibition of Astrophotography and Videography

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

In CENTRAL OTAGO 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. We also embrace a new start post lockdown. Time seemed to stand still, the Alexandra clock stopped, its light extinguished and people saw the world in real time.

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 Central Otago in ways you have never seen before.

This is Winterstellar

Andy Davey



2020 Exhibitors

Vicky Bowman
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…

Stephen Patience
Stephen Patience

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 p…

Simon Williams
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 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 landscap…

Paul Bishop
Paul Bishop

Hi. I’m Paul and I will be your guide on a Naseby night sky tour. Originally from England, I emigrated to New Zealand in 2003, settling down in Mosgiel, near Dunedin. My interest in astronomy began …

Leeanne Jenkins
Leeanne Jenkins

Leeane Jenkins I have been learning photography for about 3 years as a hobby, living and working in Central Otago has provided many opportunities to take great pictures and develop skills along the…

John Ecksmann
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…

Jamie Ryan
Jamie Ryan

Jamie is based in Dunedin and enjoys landscape and astro-photography, the challenge of capturing what the eye can’t easily see. He took up photography while at university 30 years ago, in the days …

Gareth Hodges
Gareth Hodges

Gareth is a Secondary Maths Teacher at Mt Aspiring College and Amateur Photographer. He has been learning the art of Astrophotography for the last 5 years and moved to Wanaka 2 1/2 years ago. Gareth i…

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 landsca…

Brendon Pearson
Brendon Pearson

Brendon Pearson has been based in Cromwell for the past 5 years and is originally from Dunedin. Photography has been a passion of mine for over ten years and I have always been fascinated by the Milky…

Andy Davey
Andy Davey

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 a…


Thank You to our 2020 Supporters

Alexandra New World
Alexandra New World

Huge thanks to Alexandra New World for their support of the Winterstellar Exhibition opening event. Alexandra New World

3 Miners Wines
3 Miners Wines

Thank you to 3 Miners Wines for support for our opening event. Find out more about this award winning local vineyard here: www.threeminers.com

Radio Central
Radio Central

Thanks to Shane and Hayden from Radio Central for their excellent sound recording work and help with the promotion of the Winterstellar Exhibition. Radio Central

Five 15 Design
Five 15 Design

Big thanks to Paul Le Comte at Five 15 Design for the cool Winterstellar Logo design. Paul is a Dunedin based professional graphic design artist, as well as an excellent photographer.

Central Appliance Plus
Central Appliance Plus

Big thanks to John at Central Appliance Plus for loaning us a huuuge 75″ 4K TV for displaying the awesome video works of Stephen Patience and John Ecksmann amongst other digital displays in the exhibi…

Thank You Greg Bodeker
Thank You Greg Bodeker

Welcome Greg Bodeker to our growing list of supporters for our Winterstellar 2020 Exhibition. Thank You.

Central Lakes Trust
Central Lakes Trust

Central Lakes Trust Huge thanks to Central Lakes Trust for their support.

Alexandra Community Arts Council
Alexandra Community Arts Council

Thanks to Alexandra Community Arts Council for your kind support and grant.


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