Flash pho­tog­ra­phy

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By FRANCES COOK

Two Porirua men have made a splash in a na­tional pho­tog­ra­phy competition.

The Nikon D-Photo Ama­teur Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year had more than 2000 en­tries, but only 17 of them were pub­lished in the mag­a­zine D-Photo.

Whitby res­i­dent Evan McBride swept the board, land­ing a photo on the cover of the mag­a­zine, win­ning pho­tog­ra­pher of the year, the peo­ple sec­tion, and the mono­chrome sec­tion. Cam­borne res­i­dent Bren­don Do­ran also did ad­mirably, win­ning run­ner-up for the peo­ple sec­tion.

Both men were re­lieved the sus­pense was over, since the re­sults had been a closely guarded se­cret un­til the mag­a­zine hit stands.

McBride was thrilled, since he had only been pur­su­ing pho­tog­ra­phy since 2008, when a friend gifted him an old cam­era.

He used over­seas hol­i­days as op­por­tu­ni­ties for pho­to­graphs, and found it a great ini­tia­tor for travel.

‘‘[When trav­el­ling] you see so much more, be­cause you’re think­ing through the lens.’’

The wait for competition re­sults had been par­tic­u­larly long for McBride.

When the mag­a­zine fi­nally come out, he was in Niue.

With ac­cess to the in­ter­net but no tele­phone cov­er­age, McBride’s in­ter­net searches showed his photo had made the cover of the mag­a­zine, but he only found out he had won when he came back to New Zealand.

‘‘I think on a per­sonal level it’s a nice ver­i­fi­ca­tion that you can take a good photo,’’ McBride said.

Do­ran also fo­cused his pho­tog­ra­phy around travel, with his in­ter­est ini­tially started by pho­tog­ra­phy night classes be­fore his OE in 2000.

‘‘We bought this big cam­era, and thought we had bet­ter learn how to use it,’’ Do­ran said.

He said the buzz from win­ning com­pe­ti­tions never went away. ‘‘Be­ing printed is amaz­ing. ‘‘Maybe if you be­came a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher it would wear off, but even then, I still think it would be awe­some.

‘‘It’s just nice to have a photo in a mag­a­zine. I can show my par­ents I ac­tu­ally do quite well.’’

Photo: FRANCES COOK

Shut­ter-happy: Evan McBride, left, and Bren­don Do­ran have achieved na­tional recog­ni­tion for their pho­to­graphs in D-Photo mag­a­zine.

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