The winning photo by Alan France.
This tui, by Jennifer Dyer, placed second.
This shot won Kayla Hunia third place.
A stunning photo of godwits in flight at Snells Beach, captured by Alan France, has won first prize in the nature and landscape section of the Bayleys This Is Us photo competition.
The entry earned high praise from chief judge Peter Young who said the photo beautifully captured the amazing godwits and the migrating nature of the Mahurangi wildlife.
“The image pulls you in to the detail, it has beautiful colour and is well composed,” he said.
In submitting the photo, Alan said that Snells Beach was renowned for the visits of the godwits each year.
“These amazing birds that fly thousands of miles to spend time with us in Aotearoa New Zealand,” Alan said.
Second place went to Jennifer Dyer’s photo of a tui in a kowhai tree. Peter said the stunning colour and well-formed composition made this photo stand out. He said a narrow depth of field enhanced detail and brought the tui to the fore, and the kowhai pollen added to the story.
Kayla Hunia took third place with her photo of towering kauri trees.
Peter said the nature category attracted some stunning images which showed the Mahurangi region at its best. He said a second shot by Kayla of Tawharanui and one by Nara Torress, also of Tawharanui, were also stand-out entries.
There is still one final section left to enter in the competition, which is being run by Matakana Coast Tourism. The final category is food and beverage and entries close on April 30.
The video section has also been extended until the end of this month.
Monthly winners receive $500, while second and third placegetters receive $300 and $200, respectively. There is no limit on the number of images a person can enter. To find out more, including terms and conditions, go to: bayleys.co.nz/inthenorth/thisisusphotocompetition