Bits and Pieces
We said, "send us your summer photos" - and you did: More than 2400 of them.
There was never a dull or quiet moment since we launched the 2013/14 Canon Summer Pix competition in mid-December, and the photos kept rolling in for five weeks.
Of families and children having fun while on holiday, bucketloads of beach scenes, more sunsets and sunrises than you could poke a ray at, native birds in the garden, your pets doing crazy things, icecreams being devoured all over New Zealand, stunning nature scenes, jumping off wharfs, over flowers or into pools . . . you snap it, we got it.
Of the more than 2400 submissions received since December 16, some were out of focus or unusable, a few dozen did not meet the terms and conditions (mainly because they were taken outside the December 2013/January 2014 competition window), and a few were downright baffling, like the ones of a cup of coffee or a spider eating a fly.
But Canon's record offer of prizes had led to a record number of submissions - and so the judges sat down to view well over 2000 photos to select the top three summer pix, which is always challenging and contentious. After all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Mark Round, illustrations editor at The Dominion Post, said selecting the winners was the most difficult of all the years he'd been involved with Summer Pix.
"More than 2000 photos is a huge number to look through - which reflects the growth in people having cameras on their phones.
"It's also hard weighing up the merits of such diverse photographs . . . how do you compare a stunning sunset with a heartwarming, casual family photo or a beautiful but carefully posed and crafted image?
"Ultimately, in keeping with our competition name, we selected pics that in our view reflected the essence of summer - relaxing, having fun, family time - while also giving a nod to composition and how natural the photos were.
"There were many photos that ticked all these boxes, but when put before the panel, our top three scored the most points."
Canon will get in touch with the winners to arrange delivery of their prizes. Our final outstanding prize, the People's Choice Award, remains open for voting until February 6, at dompost.co.nz, where you can still view the galleries of entries.
- The Dominion Post