Ev­ery­one gets a look at how she sees things

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

Af­ter years of think­ing it was a far-off dream, Kristin Froude is about to see her name up in lights.

The 25-year-old Kings­land res­i­dent has been named the win­ner of the Auck­land Fes­ti­val of Pho­tog­ra­phy bill­board com­pe­ti­tion.

Her win­ning photo, Santa’s Com­ing, will be dis­played in a prime spot on a six by three me­tre bill­board on Fan­shawe St.

Miss Froude is in the mid­dle of a year of pho­tog­ra­phy stud­ies at the Manukau School of Vis­ual Arts and says she is rapt with her win.

“It’s such a con­fi­dence boost to know that peo­ple ac­tu­ally do like my work,” Miss Froude says.

She took the win­ning shot at last year’s Santa pa­rade and an­other photo, taken on the same day, won the peo­ple’s choice award in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Al­though pho­tog­ra­phy has been a hobby for many years, Miss Froude says it was not un­til re­cently that she started tak­ing it se­ri­ously, jug­gling her part­time stud­ies with a job in cus­tomer ser­vices.

“It’s some­thing I al­ways wanted to do but I never in­vested the time or money.”

Now Miss Froude says she al­ways has a cam­era with her even if she is just out with friends.

“I want to be able to show peo­ple how I see things,” she says.

Miss Froude’s photo will also be dis­played on a full page in the June is­sue of Metro mag­a­zine.

Auck­land Fes­ti­val of Pho­tog­ra­phy di­rec­tor Ju­lia Durkin says Miss Froude’s photo was cho­sen be­cause it is in keep­ing with the com­pe­ti­tion’s theme for this year, Big Smiles, Lit­tle Mo­ments.

More than 120 pho­tog­ra­phers en­tered the bill­board com­pe­ti­tion, now in its sec­ond year, and Ms Durkin says the stan­dard was very high. Images were judged by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Heart of the City and Metro mag­a­zine.

She says win­ning the com­pe­ti­tion is a ma­jor achieve­ment for any pho­tog­ra­pher start­ing out in their ca­reer.

“Who knows where that will lead for her.”

The 27,000 ve­hi­cles that travel past the bill­board site ev­ery day will mean mas­sive ex­po­sure for Miss Froude.

The fes­ti­val runs from May 30 to June 22 and fea­tures ex­hi­bi­tions with lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists. For more in­for­ma­tion, see www.pho­tog­ra­phyfes­ti­val. org.nz.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Win­ning grin: Kristin Froude’s photo Santa’s Com­ing is win­ner of this year’s Auck­land Pho­tog­ra­phy Fes­ti­val bill­board com­pe­ti­tion.

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