05 Nov 2014

Wrap up of the Otago Peninsula Photography Contest 2014

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Wrap-up of the 2014 Otago Peninsula Photography Contest

The inaugural Otago Peninsula Photography Contest was held in 2014 to engage with the local residents and visitors to the area to allow them to share their impressive photography skills. It provided entrants with the opportunity to celebrate the beauty of the Otago Peninsula’s unique wildlife, scenery and people by using some impressive photography techniques, creative lighting and interesting subjects. Entries were open to the general public and the photographs received varied from those taken on smartphones to long exposure images taken of the Milky Way in the night sky behind Harbour Cone taken with professional DSLR cameras.

To ensure a wide range of photographs were included, five geographic categories were used to find the top five images including the area around Glenfalloch, the viewing platform at Taiaroa Head, Pilots Beach, the Royal Albatross Centre and anywhere else on the peninsula. This calendar showcases some of the fantastic entries that were received this year including the top five as voted by users on social networks and the winner, as decided by renowned photographer Gilbert van Reenen. The overall winner of the contest was taken by John Burke and features a Korora/Little Blue Penguin swimming off the coast of Pukekura – a true gem on the Otago Peninsula.

The Otago Peninsula Photography Contest has been hosted by the Royal Albatross Centre with the help of a range of partners including the Otago Peninsula Trust, Blue Penguins Pukekura, Glenfalloch Gardens, Monarch Wildlife Cruises and the Department of Conservation. We are looking forward to seeing entries begin to come in for the 2015 version of the contest soon.

3rd Place – Taken by Sophie Sinclair (aged 12)

Otago Peninsula Photo Contest

2nd Place – Taken by Kelly Clarke

Otago Peninsula Photo Contest

1st Place Winner – Taken by John Burke

Otago Peninsula Photo Contest


Make sure you ‘like’ the Royal Albatross Centre on Facebook to hear any news about the 2015 contest!