Hell of a good pic­ture

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS -

WHEN Fionn HolyoakRoberts vis­ited the Hell’s Gate geo­ther­mal park in Ro­torua in New Zealand on a fam­ily hol­i­day, his main fo­cus was try­ing out the mud baths.

“We walked along a trail that passed a boil­ing wa­ter­fall and be­tween bub­bling pools that reeked of sul­phur,” he said.

“Af­ter a short walk, we reached the largest pool of boil­ing mud, which threw an end­less cloud of steam into the air.

“I was drawn to a small stream that shim­mered in the sun­light.

“Sur­rounded by the omi­nous cir­cle of pine trees, it was like I was stand­ing at Hell’s gate for real.”

Af­ter tak­ing a few pho­tos, he hur­ried to catch up to the fam­ily and get to the highly an­tic­i­pated mud baths.

The photo Fionn took on the fam­ily hol­i­day ti­tled Hell’s Gate was pub­lished in Aus­tralian Geo­graphic mag­a­zine a few months later and saw the Year 12 Mazenod stu­dent named run­ner-up Aus­tralian Geo­graphic Ju­nior Na­ture Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year.

“It felt sur­real,” he said.

“To have had two of my pho­tos short­listed was ex­cit­ing enough.

“The hard­est thing to com­pre­hend was hav­ing all these pho­tog­ra­phers, many of whom I have ad­mired for years, all look­ing up at my photo on the screen, and they even knew my name.”

Fionn Holyoak-Roberts photo Hell’s Gate.

Fionn Holyoak-Roberts.

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