Stun­ning images by NZ’s best pho­tog­ra­phers

Weekend Herald - - News - Zealand Ge­o­graphic / Mur­ray Mc­Cul­loch New

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.

New Zealand Ge­o­graphic / Cameron McGe­orge

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.

New Zealand Ge­o­graphic / Lola Wright

Lola Wright’s cousin floats in one of Mat­apouri’s “mermaid pools” at sun­rise in au­tumn.

New Zealand Ge­o­graphic / Joanne Ottey

A drop of wa­ter on this small jump­ing spi­der’s head looks like an ex­tra eye. Sil­ver card in the back­ground makes rain­bow re­frac­tion.

New Zealand Ge­o­graphic / Paul Cal­ger

The sharpear enope squid usu­ally lives 200- 1000m un­der the sea. But this one was found close to the sur­face.

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