Photography winners’ work and judges’ comments

 

Best feature/photographic essay - Sponsored by Canon

Judges: Melanie Burford and Isabella Harrex

WINNER:
David White
Stuff

Judges’ comment:
'The judges were truly impressed with the quality of work in this category. David White’s powerful essay on synthetic cannabis addicts is haunting. Each image builds an emotional narrative of desperation, helplessness, anger, fear and love. David’s access into people’s lives was extraordinary, capturing moments that were both tragic and heartbreaking. The final image of hope and love gave us a feeling that within this tragedy, there is hope for some to find their way out. Congratulations David on an incredible and powerful body of work.'


RUNNER-UP:
Brett Phibbs
NZ Herald / NZME


Best photography - general - Sponsored by Canon

Judges: Victoria Birkinshaw and Rob Taggart

WINNER:
Stephen Jaquiery
Otago Daily Times/Allied Press

Judges’ comment:
‘Stephen Jaqqiery's image of the tourists perilous rescue that combines technical skill, compositional excellence and human interest was a standout for the judges in a category that was tough to rank due to the limitation of only two images.’


RUNNER-UP:
Ben Fraser

Rotorua Daily Post / NZME


Best photography - portrait - Sponsored by Canon

Judges: Melanie Burford and Isabella Harrex

WINNER:
Alden Williams
Stuff

Judges’ comment:
‘Alden Williams’ entry stood out as not just a portrait of a person, but a portrait of their life. The attention to detail and composition allowed you to explore the image and find clues about the personality, experience and character of the subjects. Alden’s lighting was just superb. Well done!’


Best photography - news and/or sport - Sponsored by Canon

Judges: Mike Bowers and Rob Taggart

WINNER:
Braden Fastier
Nelson Mail / Stuff

Judges’ comment:
‘Braden Fastier's work shows a high level of camera and compositional skills across both sport and news photography, his winning entry comprised a news picture portraying a lucky to be alive Motueka homeowner Manu Watson after a car crashed into his house and nearly took his life, he is shot in a sensitive manner without resorting to the usual cliches. Braden's sports photograph of Rilee McMeekin dwarfed by her huge 18 hands horse Solly, is perfectly timed, lit beautifully and shot from an angle that accentuates the strength of the horse, he combines these elements to make a graphic and powerful sports photograph.’

 

RUNNER-UP:
Linda Robertson
Otago Daily Times / Allied Press

Judges’ comment:
‘Linda Roberston has executed her sport and news assignments demonstrating compositional skill and perfect timing. Her news picture of an elderly woman trapped after a vehicle rollover, without being overly graphic still conveys the drama and tension present as the emergency services try to free her and save her life. The photograph of North Otago player Georgia McCullogh being tackled by Green Island players Summer Koszti and Taylor Tetlowis is a perfectly timed sports picture captured at the peak of action conveying the agony and ecstasy of Rugby. A quality product from what could be routine assignments in the hands of a less skillful photographer.’


Best photography - junior - Sponsored by Canon

Judges: Victoria Birkinshaw and Rob Taggart

WINNER:
George Heard
The Press / Stuff

Judges’ comment:
‘George shows a seasoned eye for composition and execution of his news photographs, the judges were impressed with his layered news images of fleeting moments which demonstrates both his technical and artistic abilities with a camera.’


RUNNER-UP:
Rosa Woods
The Dominion Post / Stuff


Photographer of the Year - Sponsored by Canon

Judges: Melanie Burford and Rob Taggart

WINNER (joint):
Braden Fastier
Nelson Mail / Stuff

Judges’ comment:
‘Has a quality of light and moment that is celebrated within each image. His technical expertise to celebrate small assignments with larger than life images define a versatile and brilliant photographer. The image of women walking through homes ruined during a storm surge is so quiet and yet so devastating. Braden invites us into his photography to take a deeper look at some of life’s quieter moments. Their diverse portfolio's highlight the variety of assignments between larger and smaller population areas are deserving equally.’

 

WINNER (joint):
Chris Skelton
Stuff

Judges’ comment:
‘Powerful range of images showed that he is a master of moment as well as showing sensitivity and dignity to his subjects. From a pro wrestling championship to singer/song writer Marlon Williams to a mother grieving over her murdered daughter, all the images captured an emotional quality that showed us Chris’s incredible range as a photographer.’