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The be­gin­ning of June saw the an­nounce­ment of the 2017 Sony Alpha Awards, which show­cased the very best of New Zealand and Aus­tralian pho­tog­ra­phy shot us­ing the Sony α (Alpha) camera range. Cel­e­brat­ing its sec­ond year, the awards re­ceived over 1500 en­tries from pro­fes­sional and am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­phers vy­ing to be rec­og­nized for their cap­ti­vat­ing im­agery. Pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers Craig Parry and Mark Galer se­lected the win­ning im­ages across the eight cat­e­gories, crown­ing Ro­torua pho­tog­ra­pher John Ford the win­ner of the Na­ture cat­e­gory, as well as the over­all Grand Prize win­ner. John de­scribed his shoot: “My wife, Catherine, and I are sheep and cat­tle farm­ers just south of Ro­torua, and I took this im­age early one morn­ing this April when I shifted our main mob of ewes into a fresh pad­dock. Af­ter open­ing the gate for the sheep, I went up to the top of the hill and waited for them to spread out over the pad­dock as the sun came up on my right. I must have taken about 50 pho­tos al­to­gether, and this im­age is the best of them. It is a panorama of three pho­tos taken on my Sony α6000 with the 18–50mm kit lens ... I stitched [the pho­tos] to­gether and ad­justed shad­ows, etc. in Light­room CC. It is a clas­sic case of ‘ f/8 and be there’, and the small size and con­ve­nience of the Sony α6000 made this easy.” Each win­ner across the eight cat­e­gories was awarded $2K’ worth of Sony α camera prod­ucts. John, the Grand Prize win­ner, re­ceived $3K’ worth of gear. In ad­di­tion, he will also be em­bark­ing on a once-in-a-life­time over­seas pho­tog­ra­phy work­shop with Sony Global Dig­i­tal Imag­ing am­bas­sador Craig Parry. John said of the ex­pe­ri­ence, “It was a huge thrill to win the Na­ture sec­tion of the Sony Alpha Awards and for Sony to fly Catherine and I over to Syd­ney for the awards evening, and ... ab­so­lutely amaz­ing to then be picked as over­all win­ner. Af­ter my fam­ily, my two pas­sions in life are farm­ing and pho­tog­ra­phy, and to win this com­pe­ti­tion with an im­age taken on our farm was just per­fect.”

John Ford, Grand Prize and Na­ture first place

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