Stunning images by NZ’s best photographers
Breathtaking images captured by some of New Zealand’s best photographers — including a 16- yearold — featuring stunning landscapes and perceptive portraits will be on display for Aucklanders to pore over this summer.
The photographs from the 65 finalists of the New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year competition are being shown at the Auckland War Memorial Museum from December 15 to February 25.
NZ Herald photographers Mark Mitchell, Dean Purcell, Michael Craig and Mike Scott are among the nominees.
Museum director Dr David Gaimster said the pictures — from news photos to photo essays — showed the “diversity, colour and richness of New Zealand life”.
The published of New Zealand Geographic, James Frankham, said the 2017 Photographer of the Year exhibition would be the largest in the history of the awards.
“The standards have increased year on year and we’ve also seen the photography evolve with changing technology and visual approaches.”
Finalist Cameron McGeorge used a drone to capture his image of a speedboat’s wake making almost a full circle. He first thought of the idea for the photo when he was 13.
The 16- year- old’s friends onboard the vessel had to do 25 doughnuts before he got the perfect shot — he also had to take evasive action after seagulls tried to dive- bomb his drone.
A close- up of a bee, taken by last year’s People’s Choice Award winner Murray McCulloch, also features in the exhibition.
The Nikon Photographer of the Year, Tamron Young Photographer of the Year and Resene Colour Award winner will be announced on December 13 and the Panasonic People’s Choice in February when the exhibition finishes.
Last year’s People Choice Award winner Murray McCulloch got up close with a bumblebee resting on a dandelion during a cold Dunedin morning.
The idea for this image of a speed boat spinning 360 degrees came to Cameron McGeorge at age 13. Three years later he took the perfect shot.
Lola Wright’s cousin floats in one of Matapouri’s “mermaid pools” at sunrise in autumn.
A drop of water on this small jumping spider’s head looks like an extra eye. Silver card in the background makes rainbow refraction.
The sharpear enope squid usually lives 200- 1000m under the sea. But this one was found close to the surface.