In January, ten judges gathered in a cooled room, and looked through over 2,000 photos entered in the second Trustpower Photographic Exhibition. We judged blind; no names, all we saw were images. Imagine our surprise to find out that the supreme winner was an eight-year-old. Lulu Boorman from Papamoa took out the competition with a shot which was felt sums up the best of life in the Western Bay.
Our judges were talented and knowledgeable. Karl Chitham from Tauranga Art Gallery, Anton Steel from BOP Film, Millie Newitt from Downtown Tauranga, Carolyn Schofield from Trustpower, and Belinda Francis from MediaWorks all had the tough job of narrowing the field and selecting winners.
We all agreed that the quality of the entries was a reflection of the top notch creative talent we have pooled in the Bay.
SUPREME WINNER + YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER, 1st place
Splash! Lulu Boorman
I’m nearly nine and I love living in Papamoa. My family run down the sand dunes to the beach and dive into the waves. Holding my little camera and trying to take photos while waves crash into me is hard! We have a small, old camera,
but I like it because it’s waterproof and fun to use.
What the judges said: An absolutely outstanding shot. Not only are you the photographer, but you are also the subject. A selfie! Everything’s really crisp and sharp. There is such clarity in the water and detail in the bubbles, you can even see through to your neck behind the wave. There is just the right amount of light in the image, and even though you can feel the crash and energy of the wave, you are in perfect focus, your gaze connecting with the viewer. What an extraordinarily perfect summation of the Western Bay of Plenty.
YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER, 2nd place
Beach flags, Ellie Thompson
I’m 12 and live at The Mount. I belong to the Mount Surf Life Saving Club, so I take lots of pictures at surf carnivals. This is my sister competing at the Papamoa Junior Surf Carnival in December. I took it on my mum’s phone.
NATURE + LANDSCAPE, 1st place
Wicked Skies at Motuotau Island, Karl Trethaway
A local builder with a passion for photography, I was working on a deck at the Mount and noticed the sky and thought ‘I’m going to get wet.’ During my lunch break I grabbed my camera and ran across the road to capture the clouds.
NATURE + LANDSCAPE, 2nd place
White-faced heron fishing for crabs, Kerry Maclean
I like to get out every weekend and take photos. I took this on a crisp, clear winter’s morning with a low sun. By being patient and slowly walking as close as possible to the heron, so as not to spook it, it was just a case of timing his strike into the water.
CELEBRATION, 1st place
The 100th kiss, Andrew Warner
I’m a freelance photojournalist, and was assigned to photograph Doug Anderson on his 100th birthday. I sat him and wife Lilias behind the birthday cake and gathered the family round them. Still as sharp as a tack, and with a great sense of humour, a kiss on the cheek from Lilias brought a huge smile to Doug’s face.
CELEBRATION, 2nd place
A colourful life, Nigel Watts
I took my first photo at 15. I’m retired now and still enjoy the hobby. I took this at the Colour Dash at Waipuna Park where the participants were encouraged to throw around containers of coloured powder. I used a telephoto lens to stay clear of the coloured dust!
DIGITAL MANIPULATION, 1st place
Char in a Fijian matt, Jared Dobbs
I took this shot at The Mount. My step daughter, Char, was helping me hang an epic hand-woven matt that I was given when we shot a wedding at a village in Fiji. The photo captures the magic of the morning light, a cute kid and the meaningful moment when you see your step-daughter has her whole life ahead of her.
DIGITAL MANIPULATION, 2nd place
Dream on and reach for the stars, Flynn Macredie
I started photography eight months ago when I stumbled across my grandfather’s old Minolta lenses. The goal here was to take an inspiration shot for the school yearbook cover. The concept was to show the magic of the world and the power of dreams.
OUR PEOPLE, 1st place
Lifeguard Sid, Brydie Thompson
UNO Magazine had asked me to go and shoot Sid Salek. At 87, he is a bit of a legend at Omanu Beach Surf Life Saving Club. He’s kind, enthusiastic, motivated, physically fit and a real character. The photo was taken mid-sentence as he was telling me a story.
OUR PEOPLE, 2nd place
Reluctant birthday portrait, Karlie Morrow
I’d been getting my daughter Sian to pose for some close-ups at her eighth birthday dinner. She’d had enough. I said ‘one more’ and zoomed out to take in the amazing sky, and this seagull obligingly flew into position.