Jeff McEwan

Photographer of the Year 2016

Behold, the finalists in the annual New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year competition—47 sparkling visions of our environment and society. Now it’s your turn to be the judge…

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Below are the 47 spectacular finalists across all six categories, each vying for the coveted title Nikon ‘Photographer of the Year’, the Tamron Young Photographer of the Year Award, and the Resene Colour Award. Now, it’s your turn to be the judge for the Panasonic People’s Choice Award. Just select three of your favourite images below, and place your vote.



European larch t…

Talman Madsen



Hahei Beach is a…

Jamie Wright



Manihiki atoll, …

Richard Sidey



Given the task o…

Tim Cuff



Mountain biker B…

Graeme Murray



An aerial view o…

Mark Smith



The Taieri River…

Alastair Jamieson



A disused motorw…

Alastair Jamieson



Ferns reclaim an…

Tony Whitehead



The sump of Ruak…

Shaun Jeffers



Pancake ice fill…

Jason Hosking



In November 2015…

Ron Enzler



Low cloud drifts…

Zhi Yuen Yap



After sunset, Mi…

Mimi Chiu



Five years after…

Ryan Isherwood



Ice formations h…

Johan Lolos



Joshua Cripps ar…

Joshua Cripps



Every summer, Ni…

Niki Boon



Folllowing a thr…

Andy Jackson



During the Great…

Lottie Hedley



“What has been l…

Glen Howey



It was New Zeala…

Michael Craig



Trees burned lik…

Iain McGregor



Stu Muir’s famil…

Rob Suisted



Rowi, the rarest…

Grant Maslowski



The 2015 whiteba…

Matt Winter



Corin Walker Bai…

Corin Walker Bain



At an event in p…

Mark Taylor



A multi-million …

Doug Sherring



More than 250 cu…

Lottie Hedley



Kristine Zipfel’…

Kristine Zipfel



Pines Kairaki Vo…

Iain McGregor



At noon on Waita…

Cam McLaren



Exploring the ef…

Stephen Patience



Dramatic clouds …

Jason Hosking



The sun had not …

Hamish Wright



The Milky Way se…

Mikey Mackinven



When Warren Will…

Warren Williams



Afternoon turns …

Steven Harrison



Flying fish are …

Crispin Middleton



Crispin Middleto…

Crispin Middleton



Wings unfurled, …

Jason Hosking



Late on an autum…

Quentin Bennett



Buller’s and whi…

Leon Berard



On the northern …

Edin Whitehead



A karearea/New Z…

Craig McKenzie



Water droplets o…

Murray McCulloch

EXHIBITIONS

CHRISTCHURCH

The Photographer of the Year exhibition will be on-site in Cathedral Square from September 3 to 18, open 10am to 5pm daily, including Saturday and Sunday. It is a covered exhibition, but outdoors, so dress for the weather.

AUCKLAND

The exhibition moves to Karanga Plaza on Auckland’s waterfront (near North Wharf) and will be on site October 8–November 6, 10am to 5pm daily, including weekends.

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.