JUDGES’ COM­MENTS

New Zealand D-Photo - - SIGMA AMATEUR - KAYE DAVIS MARK GEE GARTH BAD­GER MICHAEL MILLER KATHER­INE WIL­LIAMS CHARLES HOW­ELLS RICHARD WOOD SI­MON DE­VITT PETER ROBERTSON

“The qual­ity of the work across ev­ery cat­e­gory makes this prize ex­tremely valu­able and nec­es­sary to show­case the in­cred­i­ble ta­lent we have in our small coun­try.” In­ter­na­tional pho­tog­ra­pher of ar­chi­tec­ture, lec­turer in ar­chi­tec­tural pho­tog­ra­phy at The Univer­sity of Auck­land, and pa­tron of the Si­mon De­vitt Prize for Pho­tog­ra­phy “The en­tries this year were very thought-pro­vok­ing. There were some very clever, tech­ni­cal, well­com­posed pho­to­graphs.”

Ad­ver­tis­ing, fash­ion, and mu­sic pho­tog­ra­pher, and owner of Auck­land’s Thiev­ery Stu­dios “It has been a priv­i­lege and de­light to judge this year’s en­tries, which re­ally showed not just how much ta­lent there is out there, but also the en­thu­si­asm for and love there is for the pho­to­graphic medium. The en­tries over­all re­flected great con­trol of camera tech­nique, com­po­si­tion, light­ing, and vi­sion. Each cat­e­gory pre­sented di­verse and well-con­sid­ered im­agery, and in­cluded im­ages that also reached a high level of cre­ativ­ity and pho­to­graphic craft. Con­grat­u­la­tions to all the win­ners!” New Zealand In­sti­tute of Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phy (NZIPP) Grand Mas­ter, and 2013 New Zealand Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year

“The qual­ity of the best im­ages was very high in­deed.”

Pres­i­dent of the PSNZ “It was cer­tainly a plea­sure judg­ing the 2017 D-Photo Sigma Am­a­teur Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year. I was sur­prised by the high qual­ity of all the fi­nal­ists, and I re­ally had to think about my choices and eval­u­ate each im­age care­fully. It’s en­cour­ag­ing to know that this is the level of am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­phy in New Zealand, and I can’t wait to see what fu­ture years’ com­pe­ti­tions bring as that bar gets higher.”

2013 Astron­omy Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year, as­tropho­tog­ra­pher, and time-lapse film-maker

“There were some very strong im­ages.”

Top fash­ion and beauty pho­tog­ra­pher, and owner of Auck­land’s White Stu­dios “The over­all qual­ity of work was ex­tremely high, which made judg­ing both chal­leng­ing and re­ward­ing. There are some very en­tranc­ing shots that re­ward the viewer who spends the time to ab­sorb them fully.”

Ex­pe­ri­enced di­rec­tor and pro­ducer, and Head of Depart­ment (Film) at SAE Auck­land “Some strong ideas and im­agery com­ing through. Also some orig­i­nal­ity rather than re­peated work. Pho­tog­ra­phers need to be aware of dis­tract­ing el­e­ments in im­ages and crop­ping choices. Some­times these is­sues can drag down a po­ten­tially win­ning im­age. Great to see some in­no­va­tion com­ing through. When us­ing post-pro­duc­tion, be sure to take it past an ex­per­i­men­tal stage and into a re­fined craft of the el­e­ments cho­sen.”

2011, 2014, and 2017 New Zealand Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year, por­trait and fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher “The win­ners show­case ex­hibits a high cal­i­bre of pho­tog­ra­phy be­ing cap­tured by am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­phers of New Zealand. I was very im­pressed the di­ver­sity of im­agery and it’s great to see some cre­ative ideas be­ing pre­sented. Over­all an ex­cel­lent level of tech­ni­cal abil­ity with the win­ners be­ing those who fo­cused on bring­ing orig­i­nal­ity and cre­ative con­trol from the minds eye through to fi­nal cap­ture. ” Pres­i­dent of the New Zealand In­sti­tute of Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phy (NZIPP), and 2016 New Zealand Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year.

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