Everyone gets a look at how she sees things
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.
Winning grin: Kristin Froude’s photo Santa’s Coming is winner of this year’s Auckland Photography Festival billboard competition.