Press release 1: Photographers again invited to capture the Inlet
Released to all local newspapers 26 January 2010
Mysterious, magical, magnificent, moody. For the past nine years, entrants in the annual Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet photo competition have been capturing the beauty of this jewel in our midst. And it's time to do it again.
The tenth annual photo competition is now under way, and the Guardians invite keen photographers of all ages to make a date with the Inlet.
Convenor Ian Thompson says there are four categories: Nature, Human Impact, Recreation and a new category this year called Scenic Impressions. 'We have rearranged the categories a bit this year to give the widest possible scope,' Mr Thompson says. 'Our judge will be looking for technically competent photos that present the chosen aspect in an interesting way.'
In the Human Impact category, for example, people can choose either positive or negative effects of past or present human activity in the Inlet. 'A good Human Impact photo should make the viewer think about the story behind the photo. Past winners have photographed broken fences, pollution and discarded items, but some have sought out the positive as well.'
There are three classes - Open, Youth (for those under 18) and Junior (those under 13). The Guardians are particularly keen to encourage younger photographers to get out and get snapping. 'We introduced these sections for younger photographers a couple of years ago and we have had some great entries,' says Mr Thompson. 'It's amazing what kids can do - some of them have a really good eye for what makes a successful shot.'
Entries close on 5 March and winning photos will be displayed in Whitby Mall, Porirua City Library and Palmers Lifestyle Centre.
For further information, visit the website or phone the Secretary, 233 2557.
Press release 2: Top shots in local photo competition
Released to Northern Courier 06 April 2010
It's quite obvious that you just can't keep some people away from their cameras. When entries closed for the recent Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet photographic competition, 237 prints had arrived. Judge Geoff Marshall of Kapiti Camera Club certainly had his work cut out for him.
Eventually he managed to whittle the numbers down and the winners emerged. Some of them were familiar from earlier winners' lists, but some of them new. In the Junior and Youth sections, he recognised the names of regular winners Mikayla Joyce, Reuben Love, and Laura Campbell. Perhaps he has earmarked them for future membership of the camera club? Certainly they all submitted photos good enough to compete with the adults. Reuben's photo of two seagulls was technically of a very high standard, and both Laura and Mikayla exhibited the same eye for a good shot that had brought them success in previous years.
In the adult sections, Evan McBride's winning Nature shot was a stunning close-up, while Keith Harrison won the Human impact section with a well-positioned shot of old timbers.
Press release 3: 'Fiddling about' just a start
Released to Kapi-Mana News 06 April 2010
When Laura Campbell moved from Scotland to Whitby with her family two-and-a-half years ago she was so inspired by the local landscape that she immediately starting photographing it. And she has no intention of stopping. She has become so good at what she calls 'fiddling about with a camera' that she scooped three first prizes in the Youth section of the Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet photo competition this year. Along with Reuben Love of Tawa, triple prize winner in the Junior section, and other winners, Laura has an eye for the picturesque and the interesting. Walking the dog with her brother one sunny day in February, she spotted a heron just waiting to have its picture taken. Out with the camera, a quick play with the controls, and there was the shot that won the Nature section.
Laura's talent for photography has led the Tawa College Year 13 student to include the subject in her studies this year. Clearly a talented young woman, Laura is also studying design, art and English, and is considering a career behind the lens.
The Guardians photographic competition this year produced an excellent range of photos in all categories, with judge Geoff Marshall commenting on the high technical standard of the winning entries. From tagging on the Paremata bridge to illustrate 'Human impact' to a kayaker magnificently silhouetted against the hills, which won the open 'Recreation' section, entrants showed flair and a keen eye.