Pic­tures tell in­let sto­ries

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When Plim­mer­ton res­i­dent Marie Love takes her grand­chil­dren to the Pau­ata­hanui In­let with cam­eras in hand, what do these bud­ding pho­tog­ra­phers look for?

As reg­u­lar en­trants in the Guardians of Pau­ata­hanui In­let an­nual photo com­pe­ti­tion, the Love chil­dren all have a win­ning eye.

Six­teen-year-old Elly won the Na­ture cat­e­gory in the youth sec­tion last year with a photo of a fan­tail but she thinks her best win­ning shot was in the Re­cre­ation cat­e­gory in the pre­vi­ous year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

She says that photo arose out of bore­dom.

‘‘I was just sit­ting in the car, pretty bored, be­cause the weather was rot­ten and I couldn’t get any de­cent shots.

‘‘Nan was out there do­ing her own thing with her cam­era, so I rubbed the cob­webs off the wing mir­ror and used it to frame a few in­ter­est­ing shots.’’

Reuben, 12, was lin­ing up a shot of some seag­ulls sit­ting on a post, but be­fore he man­aged to push the but­ton, the seag­ulls took wing and Reuben was left with an un­ex­pected photo of fly­ing birds, their legs still dan­gling clum­sily be­neath them.

It im­pressed judge Ge­off Mar­shall and won the youth prize in the Na­ture cat­e­gory.

Elly, Reuben and brother Joe, also a pre­vi­ous win­ner, credit their Nan with en­cour­ag­ing them to pho­to­graph the In­let and en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘It’s a great ac­tiv­ity to do with grand­chil­dren,’’ Marie says. ‘‘I take them one at a time, be­cause it gives us spe­cial time to­gether. Be­sides, they all like to pho­to­graph dif­fer­ent things. They’ve learnt to re­ally look at the in­let and see what’s there.’’

The Love chil­dren have also learnt that a trip to the in­let with Nan might get a bit grubby. They do an ever-so­sub­tle eye roll when Marie talks of how they en­joy ‘‘ slosh­ing’’ around on the mud­flats to get pho­tos of spoon­bills.

‘‘She loves get­ting her shoes muddy,’’ says Elly.

The com­pe­ti­tion is now in its 12th year and en­tries close on April 1.

This year the cat­e­gories are Na­ture, Re­cre­ation, Hu­man Im­pact and a new cat­e­gory, Artis­tic: any sub­ject.

This is for en­trants who like to bring ex­tra creative flair to their prints through en­hance­ment pro­grammes such as Pho­to­shop. In the other three cat­e­gories only im­prove­ments to sharp­ness, straight­ness, colour and con­trast are per­mit­ted.

As an in­cen­tive for younger pho­tog­ra­phers, Har­vey Nor­man is giv­ing a Pana­sonic cam­era to the best photo by an en­trant aged un­der 18.

Kapi-mana News will once again be call­ing on readers to cast their vote for their favourite shot from the cat­e­gory win­ners, with great prizes up for grabs.

Full de­tails of the com­pe­ti­tion are avail­able on the Guardians of Pau­ata­hanui In­let web­site, gopi.org.nz.

Snap happy: Pho­tog­ra­phy en­thu­si­asts and reg­u­lar con­tes­tants in the Guardians of Pau­ata­hanui In­let photo com­pe­ti­tion Reuben Love, Joe Love, Ken­suke Tomioka, Elly Love and Marie Love.

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