Jeff McEwan

Photographer of the Year 2016

Entries are now closed in the annual New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year competition, and the judges are rubbing their chins and contemplating more than 3000 new visions of New Zealand.

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The jury is out, and vigorously contemplating the thousands of entries in this year’s season of Photographer of the Year. All will be revealed soon. In the meantime, check out the winners from previous years, the best of your favourite categories, and interviews with winners of last year’s awards.

BEST IN SHOW

New Zealand Geographic’s digital editor Emma Smith compiled the best of each category over the past seven years of the Photographer of the Year, and interviewed some of last year’s winners. Inspire yourself:

Best of PhotoStory

Best of our Youth

Best of Society & Culture

Aerial Perspectives

Best of Wildlife

Timeless

Best of Landscape

PREVIOUS SEASONS

View all the winners and finalists from the past seven years of the Photographer of the Year competition here:

Photographer of the Year 2015

Photographer of the Year 2014

Photographer of the Year 2013

Photographer of the Year 2012

Photographer of the Year 2011

Photographer of the Year 2010

Photographer of the Year 2009

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

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.

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.

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.

WILDLIFE

Capture an animal or groups of animals in their natural environment. We are looking for images that exude life and show behaviour or adaptations that make the animal unique.

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.