A group of southern photographers has proven the south is a creative hub, after winning a swag of awards at a prestigious national photography competition.
Southland and Otago were well repres ented in the Epson/NZIPP Iris Professional Photography awards, with the region's photographers returning with 200 gold, silver, and bronze awards between them
Queenstown photographer Jackie Ranken was the only photographer in the region to win one of the sections, taking out the coveted landscape category.
Fellow Queenstown photographer Fredrik Larsson won eight awards. His entries included one of his premature son, Noa, which earned him a silver award in the photojournalist category.
For Invercargill photographers Paula Brown, James Jubb, Roger Wandless, Megan Graham and Rachael Kelly, the awards were an opportunity to present work which was different to that normally dictated by clients.
"You are making the photo rather than taking the photo," Jubb said.
The five, all of whom bar one, had not entered the competition before, said they were thrilled with not only their own successes but also the success of the region, which showed photographers in the deep south were every bit as good as those elsewhere in the country.
It was also pleasing to have their work showcased among their peers, they said.
- The Southland Times