Kauri comp kicks off


A North­land only, on­line photography com­pe­ti­tion ini­ti­ated by The Kauri Mu­seum, at Matakohe aims high­light the die-back dis­ease threat to kauri trees.

With only four per­cent of New Zealand’s an­cient forests re­main­ing and fac­ing the threat of kauri dieback dis­ease, the com­pe­ti­tion is part of the mu­seum’s on­go­ing sup­port of the ‘‘Keep Kauri Stand­ing’’ pro­gramme.

The mu­seum has a col­lec­tion of over 1200 images gifted by ac­claimed New Zealand pho­tog­ra­pher, Tu­dor Wash­ing­ton Collins. Many of th­ese images can be seen in a new special ex­hi­bi­tion, ti­tled ‘‘Man of Many Faces’’ which cel­e­brates the di­ver­sity of his work.

Collins is per­haps best known for his work as the ‘‘kauri cam­era­man’’ cap­tur­ing the glory and grandeur of stand­ing kauri while also doc­u­ment­ing the loss of the forests through the tim­ber and gum in­dus­tries.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Lisa Tolich says, ‘‘we have cho­sen the theme of ‘‘All Things Kauri’’ to high­light the im­por­tance and di­ver­sity of kauri through the mod­ern cam­era lens’’.

The com­pe­ti­tion has three cat­e­gories, pri­mary school stu­dent, sec­ondary school stu­dent and open. Tolich says as long as the en­try is based on a pho­to­graphic im­age, the work can take any form.

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