Family shots snap up prizes

19:27, Feb 03 2014
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LEAPING INTO SUMMER: Tiarne and Cody Forward jumping off the Mapua wharf.
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KEEN FISHERMAN: Gary Cleary tries his luck at high tide on Kina Peninsula.
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SUMMER GLOW: Skimboarders enjoy a beautiful evening at Tahunanui Beach.
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MOMENT: Charlotte Hamilton, 4, meets a local at Kaiteriteri Beach.
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AT SUNSET: An evening scene at Tahuna Beach.
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WINNING SNAP: Fergus Crawford, 7, pours water on himself at Kaiteriteri Beach.
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SALT SPRAY: Eight-year-old Dylan Grant caught this spectacular shot of his father Hilton carving up the water in Nelson Harbour.
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Cody Forward to his delight catches a wave, wave boarding at Rabbit Island.
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Rata & Buddy share a stick at Tahuanui Beach.
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The essence of a Nelson summer was not just captured but fully covered in more than 300 photographs submitted for the Nelson Mail's Summer Snaps competition.

Chief photographer and chief judge Martin de Ruyter said the quality of submissions rose each year, calling this year's crop "outstanding".

"The cameras are improving, and readers learn from seeing the standard of each previous year. They aim higher."

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LIGHT AND SHADOW: Ashlee Blanchett surfaces at the Brightwater School Pool.
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PLAIN SALING: Henry Brooks and his father Robert blowcarting on Pohara Beach.
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EN GARDE!: Jordan, Steve, Dallas and Terry Kelso – three generations of the Kelso family — make the most of Boxing Day at the Tahunanui back beach.
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HANGING AT TAHUNA: Zackary Martin gets acrobatic at the Tahunanui Reserve.
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LEAPING INTO SUMMER: Tiarne and Cody Forward jumping off the Mapua wharf.
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PADDLER'S BEST FRIEND: Bryan Wakelin and Woodstock on Onekaka Estuary.
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SEAHORSE: A horse frolics in the waves at Rabbit Island.
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YOLO: Tori Holden, Eva Nelson, Lucy Johnston and Soerign Johnston believe you only live once.
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GRAND FUN: Daniel Palmer and Hayley Palmer play on their grandparents’ Richmond lawn.
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ROCK HOP: Deane and Leithan Parker clamber over rocks at Washpen Falls in Canterbury
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STAR BRIGHT: A break in the New Year’s Day weather reveals a glorious night sky over Cable Bay.
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KEEN FISHERMAN: Gary Cleary tries his luck at high tide on Kina Peninsula.
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SUMMER GLOW: Skimboarders enjoy a beautiful evening at Tahunanui Beach.
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MY TURN!: A doggy paddler appears keen to have a go at kite surfing at the Back Beach in Tahunanui.
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NECK MINUTE: Five-year-old Eddy Cox gets into his holiday at Patons Rock.
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HAIR-RAISING: Claudia Miccio hangs out at the bottom of Nelson’s Riverside pool.
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NICE ONE, GRANDAD: Ten-month-old Braxton Edge has a laugh with his grandfather Kevin Ilton.
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MOMENT: Charlotte Hamilton, 4, meets a local at Kaiteriteri Beach.
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TAKE-OFF: Pilot Shannon Johnston used a wing-mounted camera to capture this image as he left Nelson airport.
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BACKYARD FUN: : A water balloon fight on trampolines keeps Joseph, Matt, Katelyn and Ben on their toes.
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ALL ON BOARD: Daryl Way takes fox terriers Sally and Shadow for a paddle at Marahau.
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BOMBS AWAY: Connor Moloney about to make a splash at the Kumeras in Motueka.
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SAND HOPPER: Danni McLaren in full flight at Rabbit Island.
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HOT STUFF: Clarissa Hardy gets cooking at Tahuna Beach Holiday Park.
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AT SUNSET: An evening scene at Tahuna Beach.
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COOL FUN: Keoni Wilson Sinclair Hayes was holidaying at Mapua with his grandparents. Keoni is from Melbourne and had a wonderful time cooling off, says his grandmother Trina Mitchell.
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LIKE A PAINTING: This picture-box scene was taken at Wharariki Beach on December 29.
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WHAT'S UP?: Oliver Thibodeau poses at Tahuna Beach for Summer Snaps.
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TESTING: Ros Wylie from Christchurch and her children Oliver and Jack take a test paddle to see if the water is warm enough for a swim at Tahunanui Beach.
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LEAP THE WAVE: Daniel Palmer splashes in the water at Rabbit Island with his granddad, Gordon Palmer.
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HOWZAT: Lisa Howell, from Sydney, with her little nephew Blake Howell, from Wellington, play beach cricket at Apple Tree Bay in the Abel Tasman Park.
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ON A HIGH: Bryce Buckland on Mt Moltke on Boxing Day. To the right is Franz Josef Glacier and on the skyline are Mt Elie de Beaumont, Mt Haast, Mt Tasman and Mt Cook.
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ALL IS CALM: Yoga on Tahuna Beach.
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SEA BISCUIT: Ella Ricardi and Talia Ingham of Stoke make a big splash when being towed in a biscuit at Monaco.
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GOOD MATES: Childhood friends Andrew McIntosh and Karla Bromley enjoy the day at Rabbit Island.
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WHO'S THE KID?: Grace meets Mo at Bencarri Farm.
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TAKING THE PLUNGE: fLucy Johnston goes bridge jumping at Kaiteriteri.
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FISH-EYE VIEW: Chris Ratcliffe gets creative with his camera during a morning kayak fishing run out of Ruby Bay, snapping this ‘‘selfie’’.
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MAKING A SPLASH: Callum Russ boogie-boarding at Rabbit Island
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HANGING AROUND: Van Van Za Thang, originally from Myanmar, completely relaxes in his new home country.
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WINNING SNAP: Fergus Crawford, 7, pours water on himself at Kaiteriteri Beach.
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BEACHED: Isobel Pearcy, aged 10, up to her neck in sand at Little Kaiteriteri beach.
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HOME AWAY FROM HOME: Lucas Pyemont and Daisy Moncrieff in a beach hut at Pakawau beach.
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PLUNGING IN: French brothers Jacob, Hayden and Matt had a great time at Lee Valley swimming hole last Sunday.
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IN CHARGE: Wolfgang Hoare, 3, heads out in the boat for his first fishing expedition, ably assisted by Capn’ Uncle Brent Vollmer. 
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ON BOARD: Paddle-boarder Lisa and fox terrier Sally at Marahau.
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DOG-TIRED: Scott Dodd and Issy the dog after a hard day digging at the beach.
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LOVING SUMMER: Emma Pegg and Holly Millar show their appreciation for their Totaranui holiday.
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FAST FORWARD: Tiarne Forward splashes down on the waterslide at Quinney’s Bush.
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COOL CREATURES: Hank the dog and Jack the horse take a dip with Debbie off the Rough Island Recreation Reserve.
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SPRAY PLAY: Lake Rotoiti frames Rose McLeod’s fun in the sun.
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WILLING AND ABEL: Paris Gibbons, 10, jumps from a boat into the blue off the Abel Tasman national park.
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SALT SPRAY: Eight-year-old Dylan Grant caught this spectacular shot of his father Hilton carving up the water in Nelson Harbour.
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FOUNTAIN OF FUN: Happiness is a full pool on a hot day.
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BUSH CRAFT: Holly Chandler paddles the raft she and her family made at Apple Tree Bay in the Abel Tasman National Park.

The Mail has run the Summer Snaps competition in various forms for more than 10 years. It published more than 100 pictures over this summer.

Mr de Ruyter was assisted by a panel of 11 judges from the Nelson Mail newsroom. He said the pictures submitted by first prize winner Nicky Crawford and runner-up Bev Hamilton showed a spontaneity that perfectly caught what summer was all about.

"We were after that moment, just something that was a little bit different."

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Both shots were taken at Kaiteriteri Beach.

Mrs Crawford, a St Arnaud school teacher who considers photography a hobby, said she captured the winning image of her son Fergus Crawford, 7, on a Nikon D2SLR during a family day out at Kaiteriteri Beach.

"I was sitting on the edge of that little creek at Kaiteri just with my camera and my feet in the water," she said.

"My kids were playing in that creek with some other kids. Fergus has a twin sister, and he was throwing buckets of water at her. I told him to stop doing it and to pour it on himself, and he did and I got a picture."

Mrs Crawford said she captured the action shot using a new 10-24mm Tamron lens that her husband brought her for her birthday and Christmas. It was her only present, and it was "fantastic" that she had been able to put it to good use, she said.

Runner-up Ms Hamilton said the picture of her daughter Charlotte Hamilton, 4, happened when a family friend William Jones-Allan held up a crab he'd found.

"He said, ‘Charlotte, try this'."

Mrs Crawford wins a Fujifilm W3 digital camera and Ms Hamilton a Fujifilm Instax mini 8 camera, both provided by Nelson City Cameras.

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