Last week New Zealand Geographic celebrated the best editorial
photography across society and culture, landscape, wildlife,
photostory, aerial, and colour at the Photographer of the Year
The 2016 competition was a hotly contested field, with 47
finalists-the most in the competition's history- selected from
3,500 entries. Six category winners were also honoured last night,
and three special prizes awarded.
Each year the standard improves, both in the quality of
photographic craft and also in the technology available to the
photographer. This year, images were shot in near total darkness
and photographers employing focus-stacking technologies to render
every hair of a wasp in perfect detail. There are timelapse videos
made from many thousands of individual frames, and in a new
category, photographers taking to the sky for the aerial
perspective - in helicopters and now a range of drones that look as
much like delicate insects as anything in the wildlife
Panasonic New Zealand proudly sponsored The People's Choice
Awards this year. Kiwis from across the country cast tens of
thousands of votes in the weeks leading up to the awards night.
Once all the votes were tallied, the clear winner was Murray
McCulloch's "Wasp with Water Droplets" which gained more than
double the votes of its closest competitor.
Water droplets on a common wasp act as mini lenses, refracting a
daisy and the blue of an Otago rugby shirt. A cold morning meant
the wasp was sluggish, allowing Murray McCulloch to creep up close.
"One of the best things about macro photography is that you can
find a whole new world in your own background," he says.
Panasonic also sponsored the Timelapse category which was won by
Hamish Wright for "Aurora australis at the geographic South Pole."
Hamish Wright wasn't able to attend the ceremony, but called in
from his post at the geographic South Pole, where earlier in the
winter he had made an impressive video of the aurora australis.
The Photographer of the Year Auckland exhibition closes this
Sunday, November 6 - 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.