SIGMA D-PHOTO AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
This year will mark the fifth time I have been involved with the D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year competition. Every time I get the opportunity to help out with this event I am reminded, to an almost overwhelming degree, of the amazing pool of amateur photography talent in our little country. By the time you read this, there will be a little over a month left for entries to be submitted (June 24, don’t miss it), and already the number of extremely highquality photos is staggering. If I had to pull out one thread that marks this year’s crop as different from previous years, it would be diversity. The range of different styles and techniques on display in our online galleries (check it out at apoty2018.dphoto.co.nz) is astounding. It would seem there is no element of photography, no matter how niche, that D-Photo’s readership won’t investigate and master. Judging this year is going to be as delightful as it is difficult. In that spirit, I’d like to issue a challenge to our readers — whether you’ve already sorted entries for your categories of choice, or are still in the process of organizing submissions — pick a category that is out of your comfort zone (we have 12 this year, so there should be at least one that scares you) and create an image to enter into it. You might discover a hidden talent, or a passion for a new way to express yourself. Or you might hate it, and that’s valuable knowledge too. At least you can say you tried. And another grab at some of that $25,000’ worth of prizes can’t hurt. On that note, I must issue another hearty round of thanks to our generous sponsors who keep the wheels turning. Without premier sponsor Sigma none of this would be possible, and our category sponsors — DJI, Epson, Fujifilm, Huawei, Ilford, Nikon, Profoto, Progear, SAE Institute Auckland, Sigma, Tamron, and Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design — ensure we have the most exciting prize pool imaginable. We couldn’t be more appreciative of and humbled by your support. I trust you will find plenty of inspiration in the pages of this issue, so drink it in, get out there and create, and get your submissions sorted: apoty2018.dphoto.co.nz.