In 2009, bcg2’s James Blackwood came second in the New Zealand Geographic photographer of the year competition. In 2012, Saatchi & Saatchi’s Chris Leskovsek received a highly commended in the landscape category for ‘Te Paki Dunes, Northland’. So who from the image-loving creative realm will it be this year?
The 2013 competition opens on Wednesday 1 May and closes July 17 (enter here) and once again, the categories are:
- Society and Culture
One overall winner will be named the New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year, 2013. A Young Photographer of the Year (aged under 21 at 30 September 2013) will also be named.
The May/June issue of New Zealand Geographic, which won best use of photography at last year’s magazine awards, goes on sale 6 May and all the entry details are inside.
The overall winner earns the title New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year 2013, an additional $1000 cash and a berth as a New Zealand Geographic photographer on board a Heritage Expeditions’ voyage.
Check out some of the winners from last year.
About Leskovsek’s highly commended shot:
Two walkers chase each other up what appears to be a snow-clad hill. In fact it’s an enormous sand dune, piled 140 m high on Northland’s Ninety Mile Beach.
The wind sorts sand by size – fine sand sits upon coarse sand, which is accumulated over consolidated sands almost rock-like in their structure.
Tourists flock to these towering dunes to make summer ski turns on boards and cardboard boxes and enjoy views of the coastline from the tops.
Leskovsek is originally from Chile, and while many New Zealand landscapes are reminiscent of his homeland, this was not.
“I wanted to give an impression of how big the dune was,” he says. He photographed for most of the day, finally capturing this frame of fellow sightseers while returning to his car.