Mark Gee wins NZ Geographic's People’s Choice Award for 201530th October 2015     By: Panasonic NZ

Last night New Zealand Geographic celebrated the best editorial photography across Society, Landscape, Wildlife, Photo Story and - new in 2015 - Timelapse at the Photographer of the Year Awards. Twenty-eight finalists were selected from more than 5800 entries, resulting in just nine winners awarded at tonight's ceremony.

This year, Panasonic New Zealand proudly sponsored The People's Choice Award. The People's Choice Award - which received a total of more than 30,000 public votes cast at the exhibition and online - went to Mark Gee for his timelapse of a supermoon rising over the Mt Victoria lookout above Wellington.

Mark Gee's love of the New Zealand landscape is a big part of the inspiration for his photography. In the past few years, astrophotography in particular has captured Mark's imagination and interest. He often ventures out to the darkest, most remote skies all around the country, enjoying the challenge of combining New Zealand's striking landscapes with the ethereal beauty of the night sky in new and creative ways.

The winning photograph was chosen from all of the finalist images in the main categories of Society, Landscape, Wildlife, Photo Story and Timelapse.

Other winners among the 5,800 entries include Susan Blick's stunning monochrome image of Rangitoto at dawn seen from the North Shore, Peter Meecham's documentary coverage of the Miss Universe event, a chilling image of a blue shark emerging from the water near Little Barrier Island by Richard Robinson and David White's young girl making a pūkana face in the Urewera. Ricky Wilson took out the Young Photographer award with a portfolio that included a young boy being hosed down after a mud run in Havelock and Iain McGregor won the Colour Award with his image of a 'Colour Run' after-party in Christchurch. The New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year 2015 was awarded to Jason Hosking. CLICK HERE to find out more about the winners.

"More than technical prowess, these photographs share an original perspective," says New Zealand Geographic Publisher and Convenor of Judges, James Frankham. "They provide an insight into the fabric of our country and society that tells us something new about what it is to be a New Zealander or live in New Zealand. Each image trades on the access that the photographer gained, the moment they captured, and their unique contribution as an artist."

"We feature difficult pictures in New Zealand Geographic regularly," says Frankham. "Challenging public assumptions about the nature of our environment and society has been at the core of the magazine's philosophy for more than 25 years. Images that create the opportunity for those conversations to take place are what this competition is all about."

The Photographer of the Year Auckland exhibition closes this Sunday, November 1 - just one weekend remains to view this year's finalist photographs and timelapse videos. The exhibition is located in Karanga Plaza, opposite the Viaduct Events Centre and across the folding bridge from Auckland's CBD. Open 10am-5pm daily, weather protected and suitable for all the family.

The Nov/Dec issue of New Zealand Geographic includes all the winning photography from this year's competition. And the Jan/Feb issue comes with a free 32-page 2015 calendar so you can enjoy the images all year.



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