Capturing a changing nation

Competition explores a changing nation

Last updated 14:17 26/05/2014

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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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