The winning photograph, entitled “Parking Lot”, was taken at Hahei beach on The Coromandel Peninsula. It depicts a part of everyday life for local boating enthusiasts who, without a tractor, could not otherwise launch their boats on the soft sand. The winning photographer, Jamie Wright, comments “with fair weather, the beach quickly turns into a parking lot, making interesting photographs of tractors old and new, randomly aligned along the beach waiting for their owners to return from a day out at sea.”
The competition also recognises Mazdak Radjainia from Auckland as the runner up for capturing the powerful, raw beauty of New Zealand’s underwater world in his image taken outside the Hokianga entrance on the North Island. Overwhelmed by the high standard of entries, the judges acknowledged Célia Mendes’ landscape taken on the Diamond Lake Track in Wanaka and Nicolas Holzheu’s black and white image of skaters at Wellington’s 2009 Bowl-A-Rama with highly commended awards.
The People’s Choice Award, which invited the public to vote for their favourite image, was awarded to Andy Lukey, who captured the essence of summer with his powerful image of surf at Sumner beach.
“We were really impressed by the quality and variety of images that were submitted, providing a glimpse of the everyday life and moments that make New Zealand so very unique” said Hannah Johnston, Grab judge and staff photographer for Getty Images. “Jamie’s winning image showed originality and thought, illustrating New Zealand life in a simple and effective way which followed the brief perfectly.”
“The competition raised great debate of what is iconic New Zealand, and that being a kiwi means something different to everyone” comments Rochelle Mora, Grab judge and Brand Manager – Imaging at Canon New Zealand. “As always, Canon loves to support competitions that help celebrate the love of photography and showcase some of the great talent we have here in New Zealand.”
The judging panel consisted of:
Tony Bradbourne, Creative Director, Special Group
Norrie Montgomery, Chief Photographer, The A List
Hannah Johnston, Photographer, Getty Images
Rochelle Mora, Brand Manager – Imaging, Canon New Zealand
The winner walked away with a Canon EOS 7D 18-135IS (rrp $2,999.95) and the runner up received a Canon 600D 18-55IS & 55-250IS (rrp $1,649). The recipient of the People’s Choice Award was awarded the Canon PowerShot G12 (rrp $849). More information about Canon and these fantastic prizes can be found at www.canon.co.nz
The finalist’s submissions will be reviewed by Getty Images and participants will have the opportunity to be invited to become Getty Images’ contributors as part of the Flickr Collection.
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