Pest Free Hibiscus Coast’s recent photo competition for children celebrated local birdlife and brought young talent into focus.
It’s the first time this competition has been run – it was coordinated by Forest & Bird’s community hub activator, Andrea Dick.
There were 56 entries from photographers aged 5-12, all in with a chance to win a year’s free membership of Forest & Bird’s Kiwi Conservation Club, a NZ Nature Heroes book or a set of natural watercolour paints. There were also spot prizes.
The five categories were Rare Bird, Artistic Eye, Habitat, Combo Shot and Junior Photographer (best photo from an entrant under 8 years old).
The judges were local bird photographers Donald Snook and Jonathan Mower.
“It is lovely to see people so young knowing what a beautiful image is,” Jonathan said. “You can’t take a great image if you can’t see a beautiful thing in the first place.”
The Habitat Award went to eight-year-old Anushka Sahni and the best Combo Shot was taken by Ava-Rose Todd, 8, of Millwater. A special mention in Artistic Eye went to Julayna Alach aged 12 of Manly; and Emily Couple, 11 years old, and Eli Austin 9 years old from Red Beach, also received special mentions.