CHRISTCHURCH PHOTOGRAPHER PAUL DALY TAKES THE TOP HONOUR AT THE TRAVEL MEDIA AWARDS
This year’s event marked the silver anniversary of the Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards, organised by Travcom, New Zealand’s travel-communicators society, which, for the past 25 years, has encouraged and celebrated excellence in travel media. This year’s awards evening, held in July at the Heritage Hotel in Auckland, saw colleagues, editors, and friends come together to acknowledge the best travel stores and imagery published within the past year. Christchurch-based photographer Paul Daly took out the evening’s supreme photography award — the Cathay Pacific Travel Photographer of the Year — for his submission, which included two stories published by D-Photo within the past year that couldn’t be any more diverse — Photographer’s Diary: Arctic Circle, printed within Issue No. 71, and A Photographer’s Itinerary to Cuba from Issue No. 76. Daly also took out the AA Directions Award for best travel image with people, and the Air Vanuatu and Mangoes Resort Award for the best travel image taken outside New Zealand. Daly’s no newbie to the awards; he also took out the top prize in 2015 for a portfolio of 12 images of Turkey published in D-Photo magazine’s Issue No. 59. The photography awards were judged by Adrian Malloch, Jenny Nicolls, and Simon Young. Adrian Malloch is a freelance photojournalist based in Auckland, who has two decades under his belt as an award-winning news and sports photographer, and was the course leader for the AUT Communications Photojournalism course for three years; he continues to teach and mentor photographers. Jenny Nicholls is art director for
North & South magazine, and Simon Young is a freelance commercial, lifestyle, and portrait photographer with over 20 years’ experience. “The judging panel was in no doubt which portfolio deserved to win the 2017 Cathay Pacific Travel Photographer of the Year Award,” Malloch said on behalf of the judging panel. Going on to explain the success of Daly’s submissions, both as individual images and as a cohesive portfolio of work, Malloch explained: “Individually, some of Paul Daly’s photographs won or were finalists in other sections, but when shown together as a portfolio, the scope, depth, and quality of his work was a clear and convincing example of a complete travel photographer.” The judges also described the portfolio as having a unified visual style that clearly reveals Daly’s unique way of seeing and experiencing the world, and also mentioned the photographer’s thoughtful composition, luminescent lighting, and attention to detail. “Most of all, the photographs reflected a yearning for adventure, travel, and exploring and engaging with people and places,” Malloch said. As part of the award, Daly receives travel to Tel Aviv and Vanuatu — locations that he will no doubt also capture with his unique photographic eye. To see Paul Daly’s winning images, and to find out more about the Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards, visit travcom.org.nz.
THE 2017 CATHAY PACIFIC TRAVEL MEDIA AWARDS, PHOTO CREDIT: KELLIE BLIZARD PAUL DALY, HAVANA, CANON EOS 5D MARK IV, CANON EF 11–24MM F/4L USM LENS, 11MM, F/11, 1/400S, ISO 640 PAUL DALY, HAVANA, CANON EOS 5D MARK IV, CANON EF 11–24MM F/4L USM LENS, 15MM, F/16, 30S, ISO 200