Nikon Auckland Photo Day 2016 winners announced gallery

'Pop's Desk' was judged the winning image of this year's Nikon Auckland Photo Day.
Sylvie Whinray

'Pop's Desk' was judged the winning image of this year's Nikon Auckland Photo Day.

A scene depicting family bonds has been judged the best of the 2016 Nikon Auckland Photo Day.

The competition aims to reflect Aucklanders' ideas of their city and is open to all photographs taken in the region on June 11.

Photographers James K Lowe and Mareea Vegas, along with Greg Olesen from Nikon NZ, selected the winning images from more than 1000 submissions.

Maria Hyun's image, 'Early Morning on the Waitemata Golf Course', won second prize.
Maria Hyun

Maria Hyun's image, 'Early Morning on the Waitemata Golf Course', won second prize.

Sylvie Whinray from Swanson in west Auckland took out the top prize with her black-and-white image Pop's Desk.

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The picture was about "my father, the passing of time and the generations of our family", she said.

'Washing Day' by Rafael Ben-Ari was the third-prize winner.
Rafael Ben-Ari

'Washing Day' by Rafael Ben-Ari was the third-prize winner.

"All those items on my father's desk mean something to him, or served a practical use, and have been accumulating for about 30 years.

"There's bits of history and politics, newspaper clippings, writings and notes. It's a multi-generational portrait of our family."

Second place went to Maria Hyun of Takapuna for her shot of early-morning golfers in Devonport, while freelance travel and photojournalist Rafael Ben-Ari won third prize with the image Washing Day.

Auckland University of Technology student Angela Asuncion won the newly-introduced Moving Image prize for her short film, The Last Night.

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The photographers all received prizes of cameras and lenses from Nikon.

The winners' announcement marks the close of the 2016 Auckland Festival of Photography, which featured more than 100 exhibitions and events over the month of June.

The festival's public participation director, Julia Durkin, said she was "delighted" with the response to this year's competition.

"This is the region's longest running photography competition. Like [the festival's] fringe programme, Nikon Auckland Photo Day demonstrates a commitment to photography as something everyone can relate to and take part in, as a creative and personal means of expression."

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