Peter's pics hit the spot

17:00, Jun 25 2013
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RELUCTANT TRAVELLER: Peter Rees snapped this picture on the ferry and called it ‘‘ Bulldog Blues’’, reflecting his dog’s feelings about being aboard.
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WINNING APPROVAL: ‘‘Trying to Give Up’’ got the thumbs up from the public, making it into the 22nd spot in the People’s Choice category.
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PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Peter captured daughter Eva dancing on Little Oneroa beach after she had been given a fairy costume.

A disgruntled dog and a woman trying to give up smoking have just landed teacher Peter Rees winning status in a festival photo competition.

The two subjects snapped by the Oneroa resident are in the top 30, selected from 1100 entries for the Nikon Auckland Photo Day section of the Auckland Festival of Photography.

Mr Rees' photo of a dog on the Waiheke Fullers ferry, Bulldog Blues, has taken the number four spot. Trying to Give Up, capturing a woman reading about quitting smoking, is at number 22.

"The bulldog one was initially entitled I hate ferries, especially Jetraider, but I thought that was a little too specific," Mr Rees says.

The public was invited to take photographs of images that reflected "their" Auckland within a period of 24 hours on Saturday, June 8.

Peter Rees is a Welsh professional photographer specialising in landscapes and has lived on Waiheke for the past five years.

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He submitted three photographs and all three made it to the People's Choice gallery, which is accepting votes until June 27.

The third of Mr Rees' photographs featured in the People's Choice category is of his daughter at Little Oneroa beach and entitled, Eva, the Beach Fairy.

Mr Rees used to work as a professional artist and photographer but is now teacher in charge of painting at Mt Albert Grammar.

He also teaches photography, specialising in landscape.

See petereesimages.com for more examples of his work

To vote for your favourite photos in the People's Choice section visit website photographyfestival.org.nz/photo-day/peoples-choice up to and including tomorrow.

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