Egret in flight win­ning pho­to­graph

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By OLIVIA SHIVAS

An Auck­land Univer­sity stu­dent has come out on top in New Zealand’s big­gest an­nual am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion.

Edin White­head took home the top prize in the 2014 Sigma D-Photo Am­a­teur Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year com­pe­ti­tion with a shot of a western cat­tle egret taken dur­ing a trip to South Africa.

The 20-year-old stu­dent’s photo com­bines her in­ter­ests in pho­togra- phy and na­ture. She is cur­rently study­ing to­wards a Bach­e­lor of Science, ma­jor­ing in bi­o­log­i­cal sciences and psy­chol­ogy.

White­head, who lives in the CBD, says it would be a dream to make a liv­ing from pho­tog­ra­phy.

‘‘But I re­ally en­joy my stud­ies and I’d like to study the birds I love to pho­to­graph. Per­haps I can com­bine the two.’’

The com­pe­ti­tion had a record num­ber of en­tries at 5783 and edi­tor of D-Photo magazine Adrian Hatwell tough.

‘‘Ev­ery year we have seen the num­ber of en­tries in the com­pe­ti­tion rise, as well as the over­all qual­ity,’’ Hatwell says.

This year’s com­pe­ti­tion was judged by New Zealand pho­tog­ra­phers Emma Bass, Mike Holl­man and Harry Janssen.

‘‘The surge in cre­ativ­ity and tech­ni­cal acu­men was sim­ply re­mark­able – not an easy job for our judges at all,’’ Hatwell says.




White­head won a grand prize of $3000 worth of cam­era lenses, as well as hav­ing her image dis­played on the cover of the Au­gustSeptem­ber is­sue of D-Photo.

The image also topped the com­pe­ti­tion’s na­ture cat­e­gory, earn­ing her a set of pho­to­graphic fil­ters, val­ued at more than $800.

But for White­head, about the prizes.

‘‘The most re­ward­ing thing for me is the time I get to spend with my Dad out in the field, shar­ing

it’s not

all ex­pe­ri­ences and pic­tures, and learn­ing things,’’ she says.

Stephanie O’Con­nor from Grey Lynn was named Am­a­teur Peo­ple Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year; Mt Al­bert res­i­dent Joshua Wind­sor was named Am­a­teur Travel Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year; and Liz Hard­ley from Glen­dowie won the Am­a­teur Mono­chrome Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year.


Award win­ner:

Suc­cess­ful snap: Edin White­head’s win­ning photo of a western cat­tle egret in South

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