Photographic Competition

 OUR 17th PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION RESULTS

 

A Wag of Time - Gregory Turner: First RecreationOn Saturday 20 May our 17th annual Photographic Competition reached its ultimate conclusion for the entrants with the Prize Giving ceremony at Pataka, Porirua.  Of the many outstanding entries that were submitted this year the final top three prizes for each of five categories were given out by our honoured guest speaker, Cr Dale Williams ONZM. This was our chance to reward the winning photographers for their amazing contributions to the competition. In addition to the prizes for each Open section of the competition, awards for Junior and Youth category winners, plus Highly Commended entries, were all given recognition for the excellent imagery engendered.  All but three of the winners were there in person to receive their prizes.

 

As the presentations took place each award winning photograph was projected onto a large screen for all to see. Also displayed were our invaluable sponsors who contributed in various ways to the prizes and to whom our chairperson, Tony Shaw, gave our sincere gratitude during the proceedings.

 

Originally Mayor of Porirua, Mike Tana, was to be our guest speaker but due to other commitments Dale Williams, Councillor for the Northern Ward, was asked to step up and take the reins……. and we were not disappointed. Dale gave us all a great talk about the importance of the competition. As well as praising the entries for the high standard of photography portrayed, Dale emphasised the work of the Guardians of Pāuatahanui Inlet in raising the profile of the Inlet and its historic, recreational and environmental importance to Porirua.

 

 

Ruffled Feathers  - Keith Harrison: First NatureAs an aside, we were most impressed when Dale came early to the proceedings, mucked in with the Guardians' members and helped set up the chairs and tables prior to the start of the show. We were also very pleased to welcome Cr Anita Baker who came along to give us her support.

 

The usual end-of-event refreshments were a great chance for everyone to mix and discuss the photographs that were also displayed on the presentation boards at the venue. These will now be on show, first at the library, and then consecutively at Countdown Aotea, Palmers Plimmerton and Lighthouse Pāuatahanui, over the next few weeks.

The Guardians wish to thank the members, Stephen O’Neil and Michael Waldron, who came along on the day to support Tony and help the presentation to progress smoothly from start to finish.

 

 

Geoff Marshall, our competition judge, commented on this year’s entries with some very constructive suggestions for the future. Of this year’s competition he said: ‘It’s good to see the new “scenic” category’, and added that: ‘There were some very creative and beautiful entries in the “Artistic” category. The youth entries in this category were of a notably high quality.'

A full set of comments from Geoff can be found at the bottom of the page and this is worth spending some time to read by the winning entrants and anyone else wishing to enter the competition next year.

 

All winning and highly commended photographs can now be viewed on Google Photos by going to:

https://goo.gl/photos/cKBDgaT6BwekjYbM6

 

Finally we want to give a Big Thank-You to our sponsors who help make this annual competition the success it is. This year's full list of contributors can be found below.

 

 

OUR GENEROUS 2017 SPONSORS

 

Porirua Creative Communities Fund; Harvey Norman Porirua;

 

24/7 Fitness; Aotea Lodge; Backyard Café; Big Salami; Black Rose Florist;

Clark & Co Realty; Colours Hair & Beauty; Co-op Bar and Restaurant;

Lavender Room; Leacroft Nurseries; Lighthouse Cinema Pāuatahanui; Little Black Caravan;

Mana Cruising Club; Mana Pharmacy; Marina Espresso; Mexted Performance Sports Surfaces; Mitre 10 Mega;

Natraj Indian Restaurant;
Palmers Lifestyle Centre; Plimmerton Motors; Ruby's Café;

Tuk Tuk Thai Kitchen; Whitby New World; Whitby Pharmacy.

 

You can still enjoy photos from previous competitions.

Photos from the following years:

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

can be viewed as web albums, while the 2009, 2010, 2011 and earlier photos are pages on this site.

 


 

Judge's Comments from 2017 Photo Competition

These are Geoff's comments regarding the images submitted this year.

General comments

  • There were some very good images entered into the competition, but in some sections the standard was not as high as previous years.
  • It’s good to see the new “scenic” category.  A hint when taking scenic photos is to try and include foreground in the image as this gives depth and a three dimensional aspect to the image.
  • There were some very creative and beautiful entries in the “Artistic” category. The youth entries in this category were of a notably high quality.
  • A number of the images would have done better if they had been submitted in different categories.
  • Some images appear to have had extensive post-processing and for some this has created stunning images, but there is a narrow line between getting this right and over processing which looks garish.  Some entries suffered from the latter.
  • I hope the entrants continue to get out and enjoy the beauty of the Pāuatahanui Inlet, an area that we are all lucky to live near and have easy access to, and to make more compelling images of the Inlet.

If you are considering entering the completion next year here are a couple of things to think about.

If you see a good image it is often worth returning when the light is at its best and repeating the photo.  This is usually early in the morning or in the late afternoon. 

Consider the category definitions carefully and to give yourself the best chance of success make sure your images are submitted in the most appropriate category.

 

Judging of photographs, or any kind of artwork, is very difficult, as the quality of an artwork is a subjective assessment.  It is relatively easy to identify the good images, but separating the very good images from the good ones is influenced by personal taste and everyone has their own opinions.  However, I have tried to put that aside and treat the submissions on a neutral basis.

If you think my opinions of the image you have created are unfair then disregard them, but please consider them carefully before doing this. You can learn a great deal, and improve your photography by critically reviewing your own work.  You should do this on a regular basis, even if you are an accomplished photographer, as this will refine your technique and you will develop your photographic style.   

Geoff Marshall

 

Below you will find specific comments relating to each of the winning and Highly Commended images.

 

GOPI Photographic Competition 2017 Winners

Nature

  • 1st  Keith Harrison 
  • 2nd Brian Rowe 
  • 3rd Christine Jacobson  
  • Youth:  Caitlin Grosvenor
  • Junior:  Ohara Mundell 
  • Highly commended: Christine Jacobson; Sue Rose; Brian Rowe; Brendon Doran; Gregory Turner; Emilee Wilkinson

Recreation

  • 1st   Gregory Turner  
  • 2nd  Joseph Love  
  • 3rd  Joe Kotua
  • Youth:  Emilee Wilkinson
  • Junior:  Cameron Wilkinson
  • Highly commended: Cherie Haughton; Brian Rowe; Christine Jacobson

Human Impact

  • 1st   Joe Kotua
  • 2nd  Gregory Turner  
  • 3rd   Brian Rowe  
  • Youth:  Emilee Wilkinson
  • Junior:  Anaé Mundell
  • Highly commended: Brendon Doran; Cameron Wilkinson; Roger Hayman; Sue Rose; Christine Jacobson

Scenic

  • 1st   Roger Hayman
  • 2nd  Roger Hayman
  • 3rd  Keith Harrison
  • Youth: Reuben Love
  • Junior: Cameron Wilkinson
  • Highly Commended: Christine Jacobson; Keith Harrison; Natalie Levy; Julia Mason

Artistic

  • 1st   Leo Shing
  • 2nd  Christine Jacobson 
  • 3rd   Roger Hayman  
  • Youth:  Leo Shing
  • Junior:  Anaé Mundell
  • Highly commended: Ian Funnell; Keith Harrison; Roger Hayman; Caitlin Grosvenor; Gregory Turner; Emilee Wilkinson

 

NATURE

Position

Reference

Comments

1

14

“Ruffled Feathers”

The bird has real character and this is well represented in this image.  The out of focus background emphasizes the sharpness of the feathers.

2

 

12“VTOL Stall”

A good action shot.  The slight blur of the wings compared to the sharpness of the body shows the speed of the wings.

3

20

“Bathtime #2 Drying off”

Another good action shot.  The bird is separated from the background by good use of depth of field.  A good composition with plenty of space on front of the bird.    

Best “Highly Commended”

20

“Bathtime #1”

The frozen droplets of water show the action that is taking place.  The image would be improved if the face and beak were visible.

Junior

J74

‘Heron flies over the Inlet”

This is a very good image of a heron in flight and the low light shows the colours of the wing very well. 

Youth

Y51

“Camouflage”

The bird is well hidden by the branches and the title is very appropriate.  It is good that the eye of the bird is visible, as without this the bird would be impossible to see.  The image would be improved if the point of focus was the bird.

 

RECREATION

Position

Reference

Comments

1

25

“A wag of a time”

The timing of the exposure capturing the trail of water from the wagging tail makes this a great image.  The dog is obviously having fun!  Good lighting gives texture to the trees.  Shooting from a low angle further emphasizes the dog and makes a more interesting composition of the three people.

2

18

“Dad Dodgems”

Another “fun” image showing great interaction between father and son.  The angle of the board and the curved trail in the water show the movement.

3

26

“Relaxing @ Ration Point”

A good composition that leads the eye to the people relaxing beside the inlet, even though they are fairly small in the image.  The information boards provide a good foreground.

Best “Highly Commended”

12 “Behind the Camera”

Simple bold colours give this image high impact and the silhouette of the camera gives the recreational context.  The shallow depth of field (camera is sharp but background is blurred) gives further emphasis to the camera.

Youth

Y50

“Nice Swing in the park”

Almost a silhouette of the swing.  The dark framing from the trees concentrates the eye on the swing.

Junior

J70

“Take me for a walk”

An interesting way of showing “doggy” recreation. The texture in the sand and footprints is brought out by the side lighting.  

 

HUMAN IMPACT

Position

Reference

Comments

1

26

“Pathway Piledriver”

The vivid colors make this a high impact image and the closeness to the workers gives the viewer a feeling of being involved in the action.  The Inlet is nicely framed in the arm of the machine.

2

25

“Car Bumper”

The car part nestled in the grass on a beach illustrates the human impact on the inlet very well.  The diagonal composition with one end of the bumper overlapping the water provides a strong linkage between the object and the Inlet.

3

12

“Light Pollution”

A good balance of the light falling on the grasses, the urban lights and the stars and clouds in the sky make this a good image.  The strong foreground gives a three-dimensional effect to the image.

 

Best “Highly Commended”

10 “Shame that it is empty”

Close positioning of the bird and the bottle emphasizes the impact of humanity on the wildlife.  The image would be improved by retaining detail and texture on the front and head of the bird.

Youth

Y50

“Are you going to drink the rest of that?”

Good lighting creates a warm image.  The diagonal composition of the branches and the bottle works well.   

Junior

J73

“Shoe surrounded by shells on the seashore”

A very bold image with good colour contrast giving high impact.

 

SCENIC

Position

Reference

Comments

1

11

“Stream Bank at Dusk”

Low evening light has given warmth to this image and this appears to have been further enhanced by extensive post processing.  This results in a striking image.

2

 

11

“Carved Hill”

Beautiful soft lighting and high contrast give good texture to the hills.  The dark foreground and darker clouds provide a good frame to the hills.

3

14

“First Light Scene”

A very atmospheric image with the low light giving relief to the hills and giving warmth to the image. The early morning mist and the reflections in the beach enhance the image..

Best “Highly Commended”

20 “End of the Day!”

A good image of a classic scene at the Inlet.  The gradation of the sky and the reflection, from very bright near to the horizon to very dark at the top and bottom of the image is beautiful.

Youth

Y54 “Housing Crisis: doubled”

A good image of a popular scene.  The hills and boats are well lit by the evening light.  The image would be improved if taken later in the evening or very early in the morning (in summer) so boat sheds would be lit.

Junior

J70

“Rippling Water”

An interesting image due to the slightly distorted reflection on the posts in the rippling water.   

 

ARTISTIC

Position

Reference

Comments

1

Y52

“Avant Garde”

The manipulation of the bright colours in the sky contrasts well with the silhouetted flax flowers. The varying heights of the flax, with one stem almost reaching the top of the image, makes a very pleasing composition.

2

 

20

“Artistic Impression from Motukaraka Point”

A beautiful interpretation of a sunset reflected in the Inlet.  The horizontal blur emphasizes the tranquility of the image.

3

11

“Paua eyes over Pauatahanui Inlet”

A mostly black and white image made up of several exposures.  Good use of colour in the “eyes” and contrast to enhance the texture in the hills.

Best “Highly Commended”

16 “Boatsheds – a triangular view!”

The added texture and the high contrast transform a relatively ordinary photograph into an intriguing image.

Youth

52 “Shades of dawn”

The manipulation of the bright colours in the sky contrasts well with the somber realism in the lower part of the image.

Junior

73

“Moonlight on the Inlet”

A very interesting image created by moving the camera during a long exposure.    

 


 

Last Updated: 06/06/2017 11:10pm