Shaun Jeffers

Photographer of the Year 2017

Entries have now closed for the annual New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year—the country’s most popular, prestigious and richest photography competition. The judges are judging, and all will be revealed in November.

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In the meantime, browse last year’s winners, and contemplate the awards on offer…

AWARDS

NIKON PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Chosen from amongst all entrants, the winning portfolio demonstrates skills, consistency and creative insights that make for quality visual storytelling. It rewards originality and competence across all the images entered, and the ability to reveal a fresh perspective on our land or people.

TAMRON YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

The young photographer is chosen from all entrants under the age of 25 on September 30, 2015, and like Photographer of the Year, the quality of the entire portfolio of entered images is considered.

PANASONIC PEOPLE’S CHOICE

Visitors can vote on finalist images at the Photographer of the Year exhibitions in Auckland and Christchurch and on the New Zealand Geographic website. Public votes are tallied across the exhibition season in time for the awards night.

RESENE COLOUR AWARD

A special award that recognises special vision in the use of colour where it contributes to the success of the image. This award is chosen from amongst all entrants.

CATEGORIES

PANASONIC LUMIX TIMELAPSE

Using the technologies of timelapse or hyperlapse, explore an aspect of New Zealand’s environment or society. Judges will be looking for how the winner uses time to reveal the subject in a fresh way.

RESENE LANDSCAPE

Showcase the wonders of New Zealand—its mountains, wetlands, coasts and plains. The judges will be looking for attention to light and drama.

MICROSOFT SURFACE WILDLIFE

Capture New Zealand’s flora or fauna in its natural environment. We are looking for images that exude life and show behaviour or adaptations that make the animal or plant unique.

PROGEAR PHOTOSTORY

A set of four to six images. Judges will be looking for the quality of the images overall, as well as how they work together to tell a story.

DJI AERIAL

The DJI aerial category celebrates the art of aerial photography, be it from planes, helicopters or drones. Judges will be looking for images that defy the old visions from above and bring innovation and new perspectives of our landscapes and life.

EPSON SOCIETY & CULTURE

This category celebrates the traditions and relationships of all New Zealanders. The winning entry will be an image that captures our identity as a people.