Winterstellar is an exhibition of Astrophotography and Videography

Running from 3rd July to 5th September 2021

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

Michael Cookson
Michael Cookson

Landscapes & Astrophotography. New Zealand, South Island Find out more:

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…

Leeanne Jenkins
Leeanne 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 way. Night photog…

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…


Cicada Websites & Media
Cicada Websites and Media

Website, E-commerce and Media creation. Andy Davey and Cicada Limited have been providing web and data solutions for over 20 years. Recent projects include Winterstellar, Central Stories Museum E-comm…

Paul Le Comte
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 …