Capturing a changing nation

05:57, May 26 2014
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Welcome to Paradise: The overall adult winner, by Gerar Toye, was ‘‘a visually astute comment on the ongoing trend of migration to the cities and New Zealand’s shrinking rural population’’, judges said.
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629419673 Gardening With Mum: William Arlidge won the adult ageing category with this photo of a younger person watching their mother tidy the garden. ‘‘Depth of field, and point of view suggest a gentle observant relationship between a younger person and their active parent enjoying the garden,’’ judges said.
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At the Crossing: Lee Pritchard won the adult diversity category for this photo which judges called "a humorous and telling juxtaposition at a pedestrian crossing".
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Airport Rush: Andrew Wilson was the overall youth winner and migration category winner. Judges described the photo as "exciting and evocative".
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Young Spirits: Sarah Kolver won the youth-ageing section for this photo. Judges said it was charming and ‘‘well seen and composed to reveal the penguin from the children’s point of view.’’
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A New Landscape: Francoise Padellec’s "bleak and beautiful" photo of a man struggling with an umbrella in Wellington’s infamous wind won the adult migration category. Judges said it was ‘‘a reminder of the difference in climate immigrant populations may experience when they arrive in New Zealand from much warmer countries.’’

A day in the life of our country has been captured by photographers, each reflecting how New Zealand is changing.

Entrants for the Royal Society photo competition were asked to take a picture on April 13, acting as a ''visual census''.

The photos needed to showcase the main trends of last year's census: our ageing population, growing diversity and ongoing migration.

Youth division winner Andrew Wilson was surprised to hear his photo of travellers at Christchurch Airport took both the migration section and overall youth prize.

The Kaiapoi High School student took a variety of images over half an hour from a nearby parking building, later combining them with editing software.

''I wanted to show a bit of movement in a still image, and make it look busier than it was - there weren't actually that many people there,'' Andrew said.

''The security guard was giving me funny looks when I was standing there with the camera for ages.''

The competition was held as part of the Royal Society's Our Futures: Te Pae Tawhiti review, which looks at long-term changes in New Zealand's demographics highlighted in the 2013 census, and what they mean for the country.


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