Have your say! Vote for the best photos in the New
Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year 2014 competition.
We are a proud sponsor of the 2014 People's Choice Award and
invite you to browse the stunning selection of photos on our Facebook page.
These images showcase stunning imagery from across New Zealand,
representing comprehensive themes from the top of the North, to the
tip of the South Island.
Finalists were announced Saturday, August 9 and the voting has
begun. See the full press release below.
AND THE FINALISTS ARE…
From an albatross walking on water to the aftermath of a
suburban tornado, the New Zealand Geographic Photographer of
the Year 2014 offers a fresh vision of our country's environment
The best images of the past year have been revealed in a free
outdoor touring exhibition which opens in Christchurch's Cathedral
Square Saturday, August 9 before moving to Auckland in
A total of 42 finalist images and stories were whittled down
from more than 3000 entries received in the competition across four
categories; Society and Culture, Wildlife, Landscape and Photo
Story. "These are images that communicate the essential qualities
of life in New Zealand-unusual, fragile and often poorly
understood," says James Frankham, Convenor of Judges.
The plethora of entries were judged by internationally
recognised professional photographers Andris Apse and Kim
Westerskov and New Zealand Geographic editor, James Frankham.
"Like the viewers, the judges were wanting to be surprised and
challenged by the images. They wanted to see representations
of our environment that they hadn't seen before," says
Frankham. "There was an amazing diversity of subject matter
entered and some incredible effort and patience invested in the
Diverse and Comprehensive
The finalists depict subjects as familiar as netball courts and
as rare as whale sharks. They span the entire Realm of New Zealand;
from images of Japanese whaling in the Ross Sea to marlin off the
Three Kings Islands far to the north of New Zealand.
Councillor Paul Lonsdale from Christchurch City Council is
pleased the national competition is being showcased in Christchurch
for the second year running. "The stunning imagery captured by
talented finalists highlights the beauty of our country. Being
able to host this popular month-long exhibition in the heart of
Christchurch adds to our city's growing artistic culture and
attracts both residents and visitors into the central city. I
encourage you to come down to Cathedral Square to view this
exhibition and vote for your favourite image. "
"The public voting aspect of this competition is one of the
things that makes it unique," says Frankham. "Nevermind what the
judges think, every year New Zealanders make remarkably consistent
choices about the images that move them most using the electronic
voting on-site and online. For the past two years the favourites
have been dramatic landscape images. This year there's incredible
depth across all categories, so it won't be an easy decision."
"In sum, the exhibition is a celebration of our diversity as a
country," says Frankham. "Who's ever witnessed the mass spawning of
hot-pink jewelled anemones on the side of a shipwreck under 30
metres of water at night? Who's been on the muster at Molesworth Station or lived with a
Tūhoe whānau for weeks? These photographers have been to little
known and remarkable corners of our world, and shared these
original perspectives with us. They help us understand who we are
as a people, and what makes our country unique."
How to vote
The public is invited to put themselves in the judging chair and
vote for their favourite image at http://bit.ly/1pGM5eB.
The winner of the public vote will receive the People's Choice
Award when the category winners of the competition are announced in
This is New Zealand's richest photographic competition: Winners
of each category receive $1000 cash, publication inNew Zealand
Geographicand other prizes. The overallNew Zealand
GeographicPhotographer of the Year 2014 will receive a further
$1000 cash and a berth on board a Heritage Expeditions voyage on
assignment for New Zealand Geographic magazine.
The Young Photographer of the Year 2014 also receives $1000 cash
as well as a special mentoring and a workshop with wildlife photographer and judge,
The People's Choice winner also takes home $1000 cash and other
prizes. Winners will be announced in late October when the
free exhibition moves to Auckland's Viaduct Basin for four weeks
from October 1-30.
To see all the finalist images and vote on your favourite go to
Visit the Photographer of the Year exhibition in Cathedral
Square, Christchurch - August 9- 31 (10am - 6pm daily).New Zealand
Geographic Photographer of the Year 2014 is proudly supported by
the Christchurch City Council through the Transitional City
Projects Fund and Ever Evolving Events.