Kiwi pics in Tai­wan show

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Kapiti Cam­era Club’s rep­u­ta­tion is likely to be en­hanced af­ter a chance meet­ing led to an ex­hi­bi­tion in Tai­wan.

Club mem­ber Patsy Wil­liamson met Bo-Ching Sou, pres­i­dent of the Wang-Jiao Stud­ies of the Pho­to­graphic Arts in Tai­wan, dur­ing a trip to Cam­bo­dia last year.

An ex­change of busi­ness cards and a prom­ise to keep in touch led to an in­vi­ta­tion sev­eral months later to par­tic­i­pate in an ex­hi­bi­tion of in­ter­na­tional pho­tog­ra­phers spon­sored by Mr Sou’s group.

Kapiti Cam­era Club will be the only pho­to­graphic so­ci­ety or club in New Zealand to show off their work, pres­i­dent Geoff Mar­shall says.

The in­vi­ta­tion stated that the cam­era club’s in­volve­ment would make the ex­hi­bi­tion ‘‘more vig­or­ous and splen­did’’.

‘‘It is an in­cred­i­ble hon­our to be able to rep­re­sent New Zealand in such a unique man­ner,’’ Mr Mar­shall says.

‘‘This seemed like too good a chance to miss and a rare op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent Porirua and of course New Zealand. All our mem­bers are thrilled . . . and are keen to fur­ther this ex­change in hope­fully other fo­rums.’’

Twelve im­ages were for­warded to the or­gan­is­ers in Tai­wan, in­clud­ing two dis-

Ray Lovell’s stun­ning shot of a rare Doubt­ful Sound dol­phin, which won him a pres­ti­gious na­tional award, wowed au­di­ences in Tai­wan. Photo cour­tesy of Ray Lovell. played in the Porirua train sta­tion pedes­trian un­der­pass and sev­eral from the com­mu­nity arts pro­gramme that ran dur­ing Fes­ti­val of the El­e­ments. The ex­hi­bi­tion ran for two weeks un­til last Tues­day, and will run again early next year.

One im­age by Ray Lovell, of a dol­phin in Doubt­ful Sound, won the 2009 Wildlife Photo of the Year competition run by the New Zealand Geo­graphic Mag­a­zine. An­other, by Plim­mer­ton’s Taffy Parry, of a tui in his gar­den, fea­tured on the cover of a chil­dren’s book pub­lished lo­cally.

Mr Mar­shall says KCC’s com­mit­tee ac­cepted sub­mis­sions from mem­bers, then had to make the tough de­ci­sion about which 12 would rep­re­sent the club.

‘‘We were look­ing for a bal­ance that showed off the dif­fer­ent as­pects of Porirua and New Zealand, pho­tos that would be eas­ily un­der­stood by a non-Kiwi au­di­ence.’’

The KCC has been op­er­at­ing for more than 50 years in the Porirua area. Mem­bers can of­ten be seen snap­ping away at lo­cal events.

Win­ning pic­ture:

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