SIGMA D-PHOTO AM­A­TEUR PHO­TOG­RA­PHER OF THE YEAR

New Zealand D-Photo - - EDITORIAL - Adrian Hatwell Fea­tures Edi­tor

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.

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