Snow Queen’s reign of sil­ver

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - REXINE HAWES

A Snow Queen and a ‘‘darkly beau­ti­ful’’ mum­mi­fied bird have prompted judges to give a nod of ap­proval to Mata­mata pho­tog­ra­pher Myra Bayly.

Myra ad­mits she has a bit of a dark side which was re­flected in two im­ages which placed highly in the Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phy In­sti­tute NZ Iris In­fo­cus awards.

She sub­mit­ted four im­ages in to­tal to the na­tional pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion and re­ceived two sil­ver dis­tinc­tion awards, one bronze award and a pro­fes­sional stan­dard plac­ing.

Her photo, ‘‘Snow Queen’’, a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Ali­cia Sim Artistry and model Hope Black­more won sil­ver dis­tinc­tion and a sec­ond photo by Myra, ’’post ex­is­tence’’, also earned a sil­ver dis­tinc­tion.

It took six hours for Myra and Ali­cia to turn Hope into a pow­er­ful snow queen, not to men­tion the days Myra spent de­sign­ing and cre­at­ing the cos­tume.

‘‘I wanted her to pow­er­ful and strong.’’

Post ex­is­tence was a per­fectly mum­mi­fied bird Myra found a few years ago. She says some peo­ple are quite ‘‘grossed out’’ by the skele­tal bird, but Myra sees it as darkly beau­ti­ful.

‘‘I guess I have a bit of a dark side,’’ she laughs.

‘‘For me pho­tog­ra­phy is cathar­tic, I can ex­press the way I feel or raise an is­sue I feel strongly about.’’

Her photo of Mag­gie her cat re­ceived a bronze award and pro­fes­sional stan­dard with Rap­ture. look

Myra re­cieved two of the 62 sil­ver dis­tinc­tion awards given out and ad­mits she is proud, con­sid­er­ing it’s only her sec­ond year sub­mit­ting work into the awards.

She also gained high ac­co­lades with her five en­tries in 2015.

Myra is also dis­ap­pointed in her­self that she didn’t place higher.

‘‘I was stoked last year with my first en­try get­ting sil­ver dis­tinc­tion, sil­ver and three bronze. But I would like gold - I am my own worst critic.’’

A pho­tog­ra­pher may sub­mit up to 10 pho­tos into the awards, which Myra will aim to do next year and hope­fully reach her goal.

‘‘I’ll be go­ing for gold next year.’’

Myra’s plac­ing awarded her with a medal and cer­tifi­cate for an as­so­ciate, she was one of only seven to achieve such an ac­co­lade. She is aim­ing for her mas­ters in 2017.


Myra Bayly with her three win­ning pho­to­graphs Rap­ture, Mag­gie and Post-ex­is­tence.

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