Waka race picture wins Photo Day prize gallery

'Waka Races at Takapuna Beach' by Sora Joseph Waningsinggel was named the winner of the 2017 Nikon Auckland Photo Day ...
SORA JOSEPH WANINGSINGGEL

'Waka Races at Takapuna Beach' by Sora Joseph Waningsinggel was named the winner of the 2017 Nikon Auckland Photo Day competition.

The winning photograph of the 2017 Auckland Photo Day was so impressive it took judges "back in time".

The photo, titled Waka Races at Takapuna Beach beat out hundreds of other entries for this year's 24-hour day in the life of Auckland competition, held on June 10.

The moody black and white photograph features wakas racing beneath ominous clouds, while spectators watch, seemingly unfazed by the impending rain. 

Second place was 'Winter Swim' by University of Auckland student Brooke Waterson.
Brooke Waterson

Second place was 'Winter Swim' by University of Auckland student Brooke Waterson.

Judged by Nikon NZ's Andrew Graham, and photographers Chris Traill, and Sylvie Whinray - who won first prize at last year's Auckland Photo Day - the competition marks the close of the 2017 Auckland Festival of Photography. 

"We were impressed with the scale and detail of this dramatic image," the judges concluded.

"It echoes our past and reflects contemporary society ... referencing the history of Aotearoa."

Third place winner was 'Victor' by Dustin McNeilage.
Dustin McNeilage

Third place winner was 'Victor' by Dustin McNeilage.

The taker of the winning photograph, Sora Waningsinggel, said he had been taking photographs for about ten years in New Zealand.

"It is so beautiful here. I like taking scenery photographs and Takapuna is a familiar place for us because sometimes we walk there in the morning to watch the sunrise.

"There was a special event, a waka race, on June 10, so it was a good opportunity to get something different."

Second prize went to Winter Swim by University of Auckland student Brooke Waterson, who went to great lengths to get the shot.

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"I had this kind of crazy idea of doing an underwater picture. I had this idea of submerging a fish tank in a swimming pool so I could photograph through it.

"So it's a picture of my friend, taken through a fish tank - with me holding the fish tank between my feet, then reaching my hand down to take the shot. The water was freezing cold. My friend suffered through it for the art."

The judges said it had great energy; "a playful depiction of suburbia".

Third prize went to Victor by Dustin McNeilage of Birkenhead.

"Hundreds of Aucklanders embraced the 24 hours of Nikon Auckland Photo Day competition this festival," said AFP public participation director Julia Durkin.

"It's always fantastic to see the diversity of those taking part in the region's most accessible, and longest running, photography competition. 

"We are very pleased to partner with Nikon to share Nikon Auckland Photo Day with the region as it 'embraces' all of Auckland, inviting public participation in the popular realm of photography and generating images that we can all relate to."

The judges shortlist of 30 entries for this year's competition will be on display in the Auckland Museum Atrium from 23-30 June, with online voting for the People's Choice category opening at the same time at http://www.photographyfestival.org.nz/photo-day/peoples-choice/index.cfm

 - Stuff

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