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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).