Winning photographer Olivia Stevenson was very excited to accept her prize – a Nikon D3400 digital SLR camera – from Nikon account manager, Jason Sherer, of Lacklands in Auckland (left) and TheCameraShop manager Colin Stables.
A candid shot of a swimmer in a pool has claimed the top prize in the Mahurangi Summer Photo Competition, jointly organised by TheCameraShop and Mahurangi Matters.
Mahurangi College student Olivia Stevenson, 17, snapped the winning entry on a camera she had only recently been given.
Judges Ian Macdonald and Tony Enderby had the unenviable task of sorting through nearly 200 entries to choose the winning photos. They felt that overall most people had embraced the ‘summer’ theme.
While there was a cross-section of subjects, the recurring themes were kids jumping, pets, strawberries and landscapes.
“I was quite surprised that there was only one pohutukawa pic,” Tony says. “It’s such a classic NZ summer photo.”
The judges were unanimous in their choice of Olivia’s winning photo, impressed by the careful composition, the use of light and the abstract colours.
Unbeknown to the judges, they awarded the second and third prizes to the same photographer, Lisa Hamilton, of Warkworth.
“Lisa’s sand jumping photo is a classy little pic and the more you look at it, the more you appreciate its delicate composition and colour,” Ian says.
Tony says all three of prizewinners produced quite complex pictures. Sarah Taylor’s baby photo and Erin Hearne’s Rodney rural landscape were highly commended. The organisers thanked everyone who entered and gave early notice that the competition will be run again next summer.