Photographer of the Year 2018

52 of the finest and freshest visions of New Zealand’s environment and society. Vote on your favourites.

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Panasonic Lumix Timelapse

Glowworm cave

As day turns to night, glowworms illuminate Footwhistle Cave, Waitomo.

stephen_patience_photography

Panasonic Lumix Timelapse

Sunset to sunrise

Fifteen hours of the Earth’s rotation is condensed into one minute at Canterbury’s Lake Coleridge.

isaacsmartphotography 

Panasonic Lumix Timelapse

By moonlight

The moon provides the illumination throughout these scenes captured in Coromandel, Wanaka, Queenstown and Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park.

JackBurdenImages

Panasonic Lumix Timelapse

Lake icebergs

Icebergs in the Hooker Valley Lake below Aoraki/Mt Cook shift restlessly during the long winter night.

isaacsmartphotography

Progear Photostory

Climbing Mt Aspiring

After a night on Bonar Glacier, Ben Sanford and his climbing partner summited Mt Aspiring the following morning.

bensanfordmedia

Progear Photostory

Bird rehab

Auckland’s renowed ‘Bird Lady’, 85-year-old Sylvia Durrant, retired in 2018 after 35 years voluntarily tending to sick and injured birds.

toddhenryphoto

Progear Photostory

Ihumātao protest

Protestors occupy the site of a subdivision to be built on an archeologically significant area in Ihumātao, Auckland.

qianephoto

Progear Photostory

Drilling Antarctica

An expedition to establish a hot-water drilling site on the Ross Ice Shelf aims to reveal more about how our climate will change.

Neil Silverwood

Progear Photostory

Kite skiing on ice

Mark Sedon kite skiied 1700 kilometres across Antarctica over two months as part of a three-person expedition to climb The Spectre.

freeridenewzealand

Progear Photostory

Off the beaten track

Jay French’s photographic project aims to capture both riders and spectacular landscapes around Canterbury and Otago.

mark_sedon

Progear Photostory

Rock wren

The quest to protect the nationally endangered rock wren takes rangers high into the birds’ alpine territory.

grant_maslowski

Progear Photostory

Motueka disaster

Cyclone Gita brought rivers of mud and forestry slash down on Motueka.

Evan Barnes

Progear Photostory

Flying observatory

NASA’s converted Boing 747SP, named SOFIA, is a flying observatory for infrared astronomy, based in Christchurch over the winter.

lightforge

Peak Design Aerial

Basketball game

A group of friends play 4×4 basketball on a cold morning in Takanini, Auckland.

petraleary

Peak Design Aerial

Gone fishing

A fishing trawler catches the light as it heads out to sea off the coast of Raglan.

petraleary

Peak Design Aerial

Nelson cemetery

A figure stoops over one of the headstones at the Returned Services Association section of Marsden Valley Cemetery.

Tim Cuff

Peak Design Aerial

Avon-Heathcote estuary

At low tide, the setting sun illuminates the veins of the Avon-Heathcote estuary and patches of nuisance macroalgae.

nzryno

Peak Design Aerial

Pacific swell

A lone surfer is dwarfed by the swell on the Canterbury coastline.

nzryno

Peak Design Aerial

Dam spillway

The Lower Nihotupu Dam, one of five reservoirs in the Waitakere Ranges, Auckland, flows into its spillway.

bull.shots

Peak Design Aerial

Winter sunset

The volcanoes of Tongariro National Park glow pink in the last few minutes of sunlight on an early winter evening.
Location: 39°5’55.991″ S, 175°39’15.354″ E

wildearthmedia

Peak Design Aerial

Edgecumbe flood

During Cyclone Debbie, the Rangitaiki River breached a stopbank next to Edgecumbe, flooding the Bay of Plenty town.

mckeenphotos

Peak Design Aerial

Fields of tulips

Triflor, a tulip farm in Edendale, Southland, exports about 45 million bulbs every year.

David Wall

Peak Design Aerial

Ring route

Construction on the motorway network encircling Auckland was almost complete when Zhiren Zhang photographed it from the air.

zhirenzhang23 

Resene Landscape

Desert road

Mt Ngauruhoe, silhouetted by dusk, is streaked by the lights of a truck roaring along State Highway 1.

wildearthmedia

Resene Landscape

Tekapo saddle

Fog spills from Burke’s Pass into the Mackenzie Basin, illuminated by a nearly-full moon during a minute-long exposure.

lastquarterphotography

Resene Landscape

Drowned forest

Trees up to 30 metres tall stand underwater in Lake Waikaremoana, which formed after a valley flooded.

seacologynz

Resene Landscape

Fiordland dawn

The sun rises over Plateau Creek in the Murchison Mountains.

crystalann_b

Resene Landscape

Forest canopy

Pine trees are blurred by low cloud on a foggy morning in Auckland.

bull.shots

Resene Landscape

Partial lunar eclipse

During a windy night beset with cloud cover, Hakan Nedjat captured the stages of a partial lunar eclipse at Bethells Beach, Auckland.

hakannedjat

Resene Landscape

Glacier valley

Patterns of ice festoon the Tasman Glacier Valley, photographed as part of Yan Zhang’s quest to document alpine New Zealand.

yan.zhang.australia

Resene Landscape

Braided river

The Tasman River feeds into Lake Pukaki, its pale blue colour the result of finely ground rock particles created by the motion of glaciers.

yan.zhang.australia

Electric Kiwi Wildlife

Jellyfish swarm

Moon jellyfish drift through an archway beneath one of the islands that forms the Poor Knights Marine Reserve.

liquid_action_films 

Electric Kiwi Wildlife

Sea lion

Three-year-old sea lion Vega surfs alongside Derek Morrison at St Kilda Beach, Dunedin.

derekmorrisonphotography

Electric Kiwi Wildlife

Home for the night

Grey-faced petrels return from a day spent foraging at sea to their colonies on the Mokohinau Islands.

edinzphoto

Electric Kiwi Wildlife

Cascade gecko

A pregnant cascade gecko rests on the Haast Range, with the Arawhata River and Jackson’s Bay behind.

grant_maslowski

Electric Kiwi Wildlife

Antarctic Killer Whales

Two killer whales spy hop near the edge of the sea ice in spring, as the ice begins to break up.

mcgregor1

Electric Kiwi Wildlife

Common fly

A technique called focus-stacking captures the detail of a common bluebottle fly.

wildlifecloseup

Electric Kiwi Wildlife

Red-billed gull

Bicycling around Wellington’s south coast, Neco Wieringa was looking for a viewpoint on the sunset when he saw this shot.

neco_wieringa 

Electric Kiwi Wildlife

Pukeko preening

Lying in pond mud in an attempt to photograph spotless crake, Simon Runting was photobombed by a pukeko.

Simon Runting

Electric Kiwi Wildlife

Welcome swallows

Swallows argue over a perch, an image Simon Runting captured after two hours photographing their high-speed fights.

Simon Runting

Electric Kiwi Wildlife

Humpback whale

A juvenile humpback whale surprised Toby Dickson when it approached in low-visibility water off Kaikōura.

tobydickson

Electric Kiwi Wildlife

Gannet pair

Two Australasian gannets greet each other at the Muriwai Beach gannet colony, Auckland.

Paul Kettel

Adshel Society

Nursey paddock

Lisa Roach calms a pregnant mare preparing to give birth at the prestigious Cambridge Stud in the Waikato.

Alan Gibson

Adshel Society

In the bath

Turning her lens from adventure sports to intimate family moments, Camilla Rutherford captures her husband and son.

camillarutherford_photography 

Adshel Society

Waka crew

During Waitangi Day celebrations in the Bay of Islands, two crew members prepare to row to Tii Beach.

deanpurcell 

Adshel Society

State care

Peter survived a childhood of abuse while in the care of the state. Recently, he was awarded compensation of $12,000.

mcgregor1

Adshel Society

Storm aftermath

In February, Cyclone Gita swamped Ken Richards’s property in the small town of Granity on the West Coast.

mcgregor1

Adshel Society

Religious ritual

Paul Martin is ordained as the tenth bishop of the Catholic diocese of Christchurch.

mcgregor1

Adshel Society

Across generations

Grandmother plays granddaughter at West City Darts in Ranui, Auckland.

sylviewhinray 

Adshel Society

Casting a line

In fast-fading light, a fisherman casts a line on Bethells Beach, Auckland.

 williamboothphoto