Marine focus in competition
National Geographic pics showcase marine life
An albatross plunging into the sea for a fishy snack and a tiny turtle are among the finalist photos in the New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year competition.
The 39 finalist images and stories were chosen from 3300 entries, the largest number ever received in the competition.
They are divided into four categories - society and culture, wildlife, landscape and photo story.
Herne Bay photographer Chris Morton's photo of unusual lighting on clouds on Great Barrier Island is a finalist in the landscape section.
Mr Morton says his entry appeals to him more than any other photo he has taken as it best captures the magic he witnessed.
Internationally-recognised professional photographers Andris Apse, Arno Gasteiger, Kim Westerskov and New Zealand Geographic editor James Frankham comprised the judging panel.
Mr Frankham is glad many entries focus on the marine environment.
"With 96 per cent of our exclusive economic zone under water, it's good to see photographers revelling in the new realm."
Auckland photographer Richard Robinson has documented the work of Kelly Tarlton's Turtle Rehabilitation Programme for his finalist photo story entry.
An outdoor exhibition of the images will be on display at the Viaduct from late October.
People can vote online; results revealed in October along with category winners.
Go to nzgeographic.co.nz/photocomp for details.
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