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