Waitomo magic captured by Liverpool photographer

Shaun Jeffers spent about eight hours in a cave capturing this award-winning shot.
SHAUN JEFFERS

Shaun Jeffers spent about eight hours in a cave capturing this award-winning shot.

Shaun Jeffers​ had to abseil 35 meters into a cave and make several dives through underwater passages to capture his award-winning shot of Waitomo magic.

Jeffers, who is originally from Liverpool and came to New Zealand in 2013, has been capturing Waitomo through his lens for the past year. His work has received considerable attention, including recently winning the Landscape Category at The NZ Geographic Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016 for his shot of the glowworms at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves.  

The image will be featured at a new exhibition, Waitomo in a New Light. It opened on December 1 at the Waitomo Homestead.

Shaun Jeffers was inspired to move to New Zealand after watching The Lord of the Rings films.

Shaun Jeffers was inspired to move to New Zealand after watching The Lord of the Rings films.

Jeffers had to set up his gear in chest-deep water, using a six-minute exposure.

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He spent about eight hours in the chilly waters getting the shot.

"It was an experience. It was without a doubt the hardest photography I've ever done. Your equipment is the least of your worries. The experience of getting down there is the best part.

"Waitomo is one of my favourite places in the world to photograph. The unique landscape of Waitomo Glowworm Caves makes it visually mesmerising and challenging to capture – but the final results are worth it." 

His pictures of Waitomo and its glowworms have been covered by international media. This is the first time the photos have been exhibited together for public view.

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