Con­test highlights re­gion’s beauty

Kaikoura Star - - FRONT PAGE - By EMMA DANGER­FIELD

We all know how great Kaik­oura’s wildlife and scenery is for pro­vid­ing pho­to­graphic op­por­tu­ni­ties, and with changes to this year’s 48 hours in Kaik­oura com­pe­ti­tion, en­tries look set to in­crease.

The date for the an­nual con­test has been amended to the week­end of July 21 to 22, in or­der to take it out of the school hol­i­days.

Or­gan­iser Neroli Gold said there were al­ways fam­i­lies who were keen to en­ter but who were away dur­ing the hol­i­days.

The change of date would en­sure as many lo­cal pho­tog­ra­phers as pos­si­ble were able to take part this year, she said.

As well as the change in date, com­pe­ti­tion con­di­tions of en­try have changed to al­low the district’s many pro­fes­sional snap­pers to par­tic­i­pate.

The pro­fes­sional sec­tion re­quires a port­fo­lio of three pho­to­graphs, from each of the three cat­e­gories of sea/ land­scape, peo­ple/ por­trait and na­ture/ wildlife.

The pro­fes­sional sec­tion will be judged by those at­tend­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion and will be sep­a­rate from the open sec­tion, which is for am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­phers.

The com­pe­ti­tion and sub­se­quent ex­hi­bi­tion is a pop­u­lar event on the Kaik­oura cal­en­dar and, de­pend­ing on the weather, of­ten sees many folk out and about cap­tur­ing the many facets of Kaik­oura life through­out the week­end.

Each en­try must have been taken on the spec­i­fied week­end.

Neroli said the com­pe­ti­tion had changed over the years, thanks to ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy.

‘‘The first year it was all real film.

‘‘ Now cam­eras come in the shape of cell­phones, iPads, you name it,’’ she said.

‘‘But the main fo­cus is still the same – to get lo­cals out and about, en­joy­ing the re­gion.’’

Last year’s win­ner, Zoe Battersby, said the con­test was an im­por­tant tool in record­ing the changes in Kaik­oura, and this was why she liked to en­ter and sup­port the com­pe­ti­tion.

En­tries for this year’s com­pe­ti­tion will need to be in by July 26. Judg­ing will take place on July 27, with a prize­giv­ing the fol­low­ing day at En­counter Kaik­oura.

The ex­hi­bi­tion of the pieces will run through­out the fol­low­ing week un­til Au­gust 5.

Lo­cal pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher An­drew Spencer, who en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion in its first year as an am­a­teur, is de­sign­ing a web­site for the event which should go live later this week.

En­trants will be able to down­load en­try forms from the site, or pick one up from Doug at Photo And Frame, or from En­counter Kaik­oura, where the ex­hi­bi­tion will take place.

There are some fab­u­lous prizes up for grabs this year, in­clud­ing one of the pro­fes­sional’s pho­tos on a can­vas, so put the date in your di­aries and start think­ing about your win­ning sub­ject.

Photo: KEVIN SMITH

Night fishing: Kevin Smith’s win­ning photo for the 2010 48 hours in Kaik­oura com­pe­ti­tion.

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