Below are the 65 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.
The Photographer of the Year exhibition will be on-site at Cathedral Square, Christchurch, for a month from Saturday 4 November, and in a special exhibition at Auckland Museum from December 15 until the end of February. Both exhibitions are open seven days, and free to attend.
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.
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.
Showcase the wonders of New Zealand—its mountains, wetlands, coasts and plains. The judges will be looking for attention to light and drama.
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.
MICROSOFT SURFACE 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.
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.