In­let photography work­shop popular

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Sana Ka­mal has a good eye for a photo.

Hold­ing her cam­era in one hand and a dan­de­lion in the other, the Cam­borne 13-year-old was putting into prac­tice what she’d just been learn­ing at a photography work­shop or­gan­ised by Guardians of Pau­ata­hanui In­let.

Sana said she was keen to at­tend the work­shop to learn about tak­ing un­usual shots.

She said she had been in­ter­ested in photography for a long time and used so­cial me­dia to share her pho­tos.

‘‘When I started get­ting my first so­cial me­dia ac­counts I de­cided to post some of my pho­tos, since I didn’t know what else to post,’’ she said.

‘‘But oth­er­wise photography is mainly a hobby for me and it’s just my way to ex­press life.’’

Sana was one of the lucky ones, said Bev­erly Fair­fax, who co-or­di­nated the work­shop.

‘‘This is the sec­ond year we’ve run the work­shop, and reg­is­tra­tions flooded in,’’ Fair­fax said. ‘‘ We had to stop when we got to 20.

‘‘ We’re re­ally lucky that Des­tina Munro, the pres­i­dent of Kapiti Cam­era Club and a pho­to­jour­nal­ism tu­tor at Whi­tireia, is happy to share her skills with th­ese kids.’’

Also tak­ing part in the work­shop were brother and sis­ter Leo and Phoebe Shing, who sub­mit­ted suc­cess­ful prints last year.

Jared Le Roy, an­other suc­cess­ful com­peti­tor from last year, brought along younger brother Pierre. Their fa­ther, Paul, is also a keen pho­tog­ra­pher.

‘‘ We

love

it when

our com­pe­ti­tion be­comes a fam­ily af­fair,’’ Fair­fax said. ‘‘We’ve got lots of fam­i­lies where par­ents and chil­dren en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion, and we sus­pect there’s a bit of fam­ily ri­valry in some house­holds.’’

There’ll be no such com­pet­i­tive­ness in Sana’s fam­ily.

Asked if her fam­ily also liked photography, she laughed.

‘‘They do, but they take self­ies. I’m the only one who takes it se­ri­ously.’’

Guardians of Pau­ata­hanui In­let is look­ing for­ward to a bumper crop of en­tries for its an­nual photo com­pe­ti­tion, and has been reach­ing out to schools, re­tire­ment vil­lages and cam­era clubs, as well as the public.

‘‘ We want ev­ery­one who en­joys the in­let to have a go,’’ Fair­fax said.

The Guardians photo com­pe­ti­tion closes on April 15. Go to gopi. org. nz/ photo- com­pe­ti­tion for de­tails and en­try forms.

Pic­ture per­fect: Sana Ka­mal is in­ter­ested in the artis­tic side of photography.

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