This has to be one of the most exciting projects we’ve been involved in. We love a collab! Judging with Belinda Francis from MediaWorks, Claire Rogers from Sun Media, Carolyn Schofield from Trustpower, and lots of others, it was a wonderful insight into how we all see the Western Bay of Plenty! The emotion and technical ability in the entries made for an exceptional standard of photography, and an enjoyably tricky judging process. Robust discussions and deep concentration accompanied the task of whittling the 1,800 entries down to our chosen finalists. We were pretty unanimous, however, on our supreme winner. Congratulations, Graham, on behalf of all the judges.

See the pho­tos on The Strand, Tau­ran­ga

This is an exhi­bi­tion to be real­ly proud of — it’s BRILLIANT, and it’s FREE. Go down to The Strand in Tau­ran­ga, and see the­se gor­geous images in all their glo­ry.

LAND + SEA, FIRST PLACE SUPREME WINNERCOWBOY WATERBOY, GRAHAM FLANAGAN This is our son, James, som­er­sault­ing off a pon­toon in Athen­ree into the sum­mer water. I took it on a GoPro. I like to take snaps cap­tur­ing light and move­ment. Tak­ing pho­tos is very much a hob­by for me.
LAND + SEA, SECOND PLACECLINT REID, NORTHWEST ROCK JUMP, JEREME AUBERTIN This was a day with a very large swell. The surf was break­ing around the har­bour entrance side of The Mount. Clint and I went around to pho­tograph him surf­ing. I want­ed to show how dra­mat­ic it was to get into the water.
EMOTION, FIRST PLACEAN OCTOPUS! KATIE COX “Find a sea crea­ture, Dad!” said my two-year-old son. “No pres­sure,” replied my hus­band. As he made his way back to the boat, the ten­ta­cles start­ed to show. My son was so excit­ed, and mes­merised by this lit­tle octo­pus. First expe­ri­ences with the ocean and its inhab­i­tants have been incred­i­ble to watch through a child’s eyes.
EMOTION, SECOND PLACEJOY BOMB (AND BE SILLY!), JOSSIE MASON A ‘be sil­ly’ shot in the back­ground, imme­di­ate­ly after the offi­cial Papamoa team pho­to, postrug­by match. I had to snap this quick­ly to cap­ture Patterson’s joy and enthu­si­asm. The pic­ture demon­strates why sport is so good for our young Bay of Plen­ty chil­dren.
HERITAGE, FIRST PLACELEST WE FORGET, BRYDIE THOMPSON Tears made it dif­fi­cult to focus my cam­era as The Last Post echoed above the thou­sands gath­ered for The Mount’s dawn ser­vice on ANZAC Day 2016. This par­tic­u­lar image was tak­en straight after the cer­e­mony, as the sun slow­ly lit the sky and ocean. A pow­er­ful and emo­tion­al moment, and I felt a real sense of com­mu­ni­ty.
HERITAGE, SECOND PLACEKOHANGA REO TEACHER, BOB TULLOCH This por­trait was cre­at­ed to attempt to cap­ture the inner beau­ty of this love­ly lady. The tuku­tuku pan­els reflect her whaka­pa­pa.
OUR PEOPLE, FIRST PLACEFRIENDSHIP, BRYDIE THOMPSON Four men who meet most evenings at the same time on the same bench and take the time to talk. This to me is a reminder to slow down, enjoy the sim­ple moments and ded­i­cate time to friend­ship. My kids like skat­ing near where they sit, so we’d met quite a few times before I asked to take this pho­to.
OUR PEOPLE, SECOND PLACEBLISSFULLY BURIED, ANNE SCANTLEBURY A nine-year-old boy smiles with con­tent after being buried in the sand!
YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER EXCELLENCE AWARDEARLY RISING, CLAY DIXON In the water before the sun wakes up makes for some spe­cial moments like the­se. No one else, calm and smooth waters, and an insane light show from the sun.
YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER MERIT AWARDWALKING ON WATER, LULU BOORMAN My mum and sis­ter were run­ning ‚and it looked like they were walk­ing on water. They were hav­ing fun splash­ing, and I want­ed to take a pho­to because I want­ed to remem­ber it, and Mum doesn’t have many pho­tos of her.
STUDENT EXCELLENCE AWARDCROWD AT BAY DREAMS, ALEKSEI SPODYNEIKO Hap­py peo­ple at the Bay Dreams music fes­ti­val the day after New Year’s Day. I love the ener­gy of the mov­ing, swelling crowd and the heavy clouds over­head.
STUDENT MERIT AWARDLAND, DOG AND SEA ROSIE COLLINS There’s noth­ing that makes this dog hap­pier than a stick and some, waves. She loves dig­ging the sand, and hav­ing the ocean water on her, and it makes me hap­py to wit­ness it all. I liked how focused she was on destroy­ing the log, and how her body shone.
HIGHLY COMMENDEDHAVING A BASH, DAVID SKINNER This gen­tle­man was a drum­mer in a Japan­ese drum­ming exhi­bi­tion, and I cap­tured the emo­tion of his per­for­mance, along with the oth­er group mem­bers. His appear­ance and con­cen­tra­tion on his drum­ming was a great pho­to­graph­ic oppor­tu­ni­ty.
HIGHLY COMMENDEDGOOD THINGS COME FROM BOREDOM, MAREE WILKINSON My daugh­ter Mil­ly was cooped up inside our house on a rainy day. I just saw her expres­sion in the reflec­tion and grabbed my cam­era.
HIGHLY COMMENDEDMOUNT BASE TRACK STROLL, PAUL REGAN This is a view walk­ing anti-clock­wise around The Mount base track.
HIGHLY COMMENDEDSTRETCH FOR IT! MOANA BIANCHIN A chilly winter’s day of net­ball, when every han­dover of the ball counts.
HIGHLY COMMENDEDAUSTIN, BRYDIE THOMPSON Austin had a dream to walk, and this pho­to was tak­en to help raise mon­ey for him to have a life-chang­ing oper­a­tion. He’s a ray of sun­shine with an infec­tious laugh. We had a fun pho­to ses­sion. The incred­i­ble thing is, that with a huge fundrais­ing e ort, Austin is now up on his feet!
HIGHLY COMMENDEDMILKING SHEEP, MOANA BIANCHIN We thought we’d have a go at mak­ing some sheep milk ricot­ta cheese, as we were wean­ing the lambs from their moth­ers. I stood up high to get a good angle and my daugh­ter looked up at me. My friend Andrea is behind the kids, mak­ing sure the sheep don’t move back.
HIGHLY COMMENDEDPAPAMOA LOG SUNRISE, KARL TRETHEWAY This log has been on Papamoa Beach for the last few years. It has been buried and unburied and has been moved up and down the beach by the sea. I enjoy cap­tur­ing it at sun­rise.
HIGHLY COMMENDEDSURREAL CONTEMPLATION, JOSSIE MASON Watch­ing my son in a rare moment of qui­et con­tem­pla­tion. This image is from a sequence of chil­dren run­ning and then rest­ing, tak­ing in the sun­set, talk­ing, all whilst look­ing out over farm­land. The sun­set, the light, the qui­et and the view seemed so sur­re­al. The beau­ti­ful view is now gone, as the land has been rede­vel­oped.

Look out for entry details at the end of this year 

Our supre­me win­ner is an ama­teur — and he won $1,000, flights and accom­mo­da­tion in his choice of Lon­don, New York, Paris or Rome, and his image up in bright lights! That could be YOU next year!