Kiwi lifestyle perfectly captured
Chris Gin had a "bit of luck" when he discovered a pair of fishermen combining two great Kiwi traditions - fishing and fish and chips - in one moment.
Now that luck has netted him a prestigious win.
The quiet moment he captured at the old Mangere Bridge has been highly commended in the Society and Culture category at the New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year awards.
The competition attracted more than 3100 entries and Mr Gin never anticipated he'd have much success.
Primarily a landscape photographer, he entered a separate image into that category first, submitting the shot of the fishermen almost as an afterthought, he says.
Getting the shot in the first place was the result of a whim, too.
"I'd never been on the old Mangere Bridge before but I knew people used it for fishing and for travelling to and from work. I just turned up to see what I could get," he says.
"Being a landscape photographer, I was attracted to that shot of the sunset but I was also aware of trying to get more people into my shots. Basically the fishermen were there and I took the photo.
"It wasn't really until I got home that I looked at it and thought it was pretty cool that they were having fish and chips and fishing at the same time."
Convener of judges and New Zealand Geographic editor James Frankham says the competition calls for entrants to have a strong point of view.
"The emphasis is on reality. But the photographer is also required to interpret what they are seeing in front of the camera.
"The photographer is not just a dispassionate observer, they are also a journalist with a critical eye on revealing reality."
First place, runner-up and highly commended prizes were awarded in four categories: Society and Culture, Wildlife, Landscape and PhotoStory.
Bruce Mercer from Cambridge took out the Photographer of the Year award with his images of the aftermath of the Rena disaster.
All winning images are on display in the Sainsbury Horrocks Pictorial Gallery at the Auckland Museum.
They will also be published in a 24-page feature in the November-December issue of New Zealand Geographic and online at nz geographic.co.nz/photography.
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