New Zealan­der reaches new heights

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A pho­tog­ra­pher cho­sen from each of 60 coun­tries from Ar­gentina to Aus­tralia, is rec­og­nized — as part of the Sony World Pho­tog­ra­phy Awards — with a Na­tional Award, which ac­knowl­edges the sin­gle best im­age sub­mit­ted by a pho­tog­ra­pher from the en­tered na­tions.

The 2016 New Zealand Na­tional Award has gone to Miriam Strong, an Auck­land pho­tog­ra­pher cur­rently based in Lon­don.

Her im­age, ti­tled New Heights, shows a street per­former in Mont­martre, Paris, and in­cor­po­rates a view of the city in the back­ground. New Heights was se­lected as the best pho­to­graph en­tered by a New Zealand pho­tog­ra­pher from all of the Sony World Pho­tog­ra­phy Awards’ 10 Open cat­e­gories. This year’s run­ners-up in­cluded Le­vana Si­et­ses in sec­ond place and Peter Kur­dulija in third place.

Strong said, “I’m thrilled to be awarded [the] New Zealand Na­tional Award. Be­ing shown in front of my peers is such a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence and op­por­tu­nity.”

The prize in­cluded a Sony A6000, and Strong’s im­age will be shown at the 2016 Sony World Pho­tog­ra­phy Awards Ex­hi­bi­tion at Som­er­set House in Lon­don, from April 22 to May 8. New Heights will also be pub­lished in the an­nual awards book.

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