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.
Visit awards.kau.nz for details.