Curious boy snaps up top photography prize

STEVE HOPKINS
Last updated 10:36 23/06/2011

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A picture of a curious boy has taken the top prize at this year's Nixon Auckland Photo Day competition.

Mareea Paterson's photo, ''Boy sees light'', depicting a child who ignored crowds around him at Britomart to focus on a floor light, beat 1350 other entries it was announced yesterday.

''This little boy fascinated me,'' The Mt Eden resident explained.

''Through the glass doors that were locked for a Britomart private function, he drew me into his world. I wanted to know what he had found looking through those floor lights that were reminiscent of lightsabers.

"It reminded me of when I was a child, lost in another dimension, a parallel universe, entranced by such simplicity.''

Nikon Auckland Photo Day was held on June 11.

Competitors had 24 hours to take a photo of scenes, people and places that reflect Auckland.

Event judges said the winning photo ''encapsulates the modern, hustle and bustle of city life symbolising the inquisitive nature of childhood against a backdrop of a crowd of strangers''.

The judges, Greg Olesen, Technical Manager at Nikon, and photographers Edith Amituanai and Chris Traill, said the image was ''strong in design with a futuristic treatment''.

Second place went to Three Kings resident Jocelen Janon for his picture of a lone fisherman on the Mangere Bridge with Onehunga Wharf in the background.

And Northcote resident Peter Denniston was third with a photo taken from Northcote Point under the motorway bridge.

Judges were impressed with the ''many eyes of Aucklanders that have captured the contrasting moods and activities of the day''.

Auckland Festival of Photography Director Julia Durkin said the range of pictures this year was ''quite varied'' but  ''common universal themes'' came through.

Pateron won a Nikon D7000 Kit with 18-105 lens.

The top 30 winners and runners up will be viewable on the Photography Festival website this week.

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