Wild ride on sand dune snaps up judges' award

03:33, Feb 01 2013
Summer Snaps Competition
WELL-JUDGED CLICK: Richard Nott took this photo of a thrilling ride on a plastic mussel buoy down the sand dunes at Wharariki Beach.

A thrilling ride on a plastic mussel buoy down the sand dunes at Wharariki Beach which Richard Nott captured as a family memento has become a winner.

His photo is the Judges' Choice outstanding winner from hundreds of entries in the Nelson Mail's Summer Snaps Competition.

Mr Nott, who is head teacher at Nelson College Preparatory School, was confident he had taken a good photo on Boxing Day but needed some family persuasion to enter it in the competition, and only did so two days before the closing deadline.

A keen amateur photographer, he took the shot during the family holiday in Golden Bay.

It shows his daughter Josephine, 10, speeding down the dune cheered on by her sisters Alex, 19, and Rebecca, 16, along with their cousins from South Africa, Tom, 12, Joshua, 19, and Ben, 17.

They had been staying at Westhaven and were on a day visit to Wharariki when they found the discarded piece of plastic and took turns, with Josephine managing to ride it the farthest.


"I felt it was a good angle, with good light and a good action shot," he said.

The judges also liked the family summer holiday fun it illustrated.

Mr Nott is happy to receive his Canon A4000 camera from Hanafins Camera & Video in Nelson and says he plans to take it on tramping trips.

Readers were asked to send in their best holiday pictures from the region for the competition.

The People's Choice winner, by a country mile, was a photo, right, taken by Joshua Rollo of his friends sharing a joke on a tractor during a getaway over the New Year break.

He has won a Nikon S100 camera from Hanafins.