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Not con­tent with con­tribut­ing some of D- Photo’s most sig­nif­i­cant re­cent in­ter­views, fea­ture writer Qiane MatataSipu has also busily been pro­duc­ing out­stand­ing pho­to­graphic work, which has now been ac­knowl­edged in a na­tional awards pro­gramme.

In late Oc­to­ber, Qiane’s doc­u­men­tary work cov­er­ing the protests over sub­di­vi­sion plans on his­tor­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant land in Auck­land’s Ihuma¯ tao set­tle­ment was awarded the Pro­gear Pho­to­story of the Year award in the New Zealand Geo­graphic Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year Awards.

The in­ti­mate se­ries of pho­tos shows the strug­gle of a lo­cal com­mu­nity at­tempt­ing to com­bat de­vel­op­ment de­signs along­side the O¯tu­ataua Stone­fields, a sig­nif­i­cant lo­ca­tion in Aotearoa’s his­tory as the land­ing place of the Tainui waka.

Qiane’s im­ages present the com­mu­nity through an au­then­tic, com­pas­sion­ate lens; young chil­dren prop up ad-hoc protest signs and wave flags, friends and fam­ily gather round an acous­tic gui­tar, neigh­bours come to­gether to craft plac­ards of re­sis­tance.

The com­pe­ti­tion at­tracted some 3,000 en­tries, and Qiane’s six-image sub­mis­sion was se­lected by a judg­ing panel and an­nounced the cat­e­gory win­ner at Auck­land’s Q The­atre on the evening of 25 Oc­to­ber. The con­test’s over­all win­ner was Dunedin pho­tog­ra­pher Derek Mor­ri­son.

Qiane’s re­cent con­tri­bu­tions to D- Photo in­clude pro­files on Pati Solomona Tyrell, Nando Azevedo, and this is­sue’s fea­ture on John Miller (page 16).

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