Southern photographers snap up medals

NEIL RATLEY
Last updated 05:00 08/08/2014
Iris award winnders
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EXPOSURE: New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography Iris award winners from Southland, from left, Roger Wandless and Nicole Johnstone.

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Southern photographers captivated judges at the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography Iris Awards.

Southland and Otago photographers snapped up the most awards ever in more than 30 years at the prestigious event.

Leading the charge was Invercargill photographer Roger Wandless.

An anaesthetist by day, Wandless was named a finalist in the New Zealand Professional Photographer of the Year 2014.

He was the only Southland photographer to bring home a gold for several of his photographs.

There was plenty of silver and bronze for five other Southland photographers.

Southland professionals Rochelle Dillon, Rachael Kelly, Megan Graham Nicole Johnstone, Paula Brown and Tina McGregor all had their work recognised along with awards.

Queenstown photographers also starred at the awards.

Jackie Ranken won Landscape Photographer of the Year which Wandless was also a finalist for.

Ranken's husband Mike Langford was a finalist for the travel category.

Queenstown's talented crop of wedding, landscape and artistic photographers collected more accolades through Jackie Gay, Emily Adamson, Ben Arthur, Fredrik Larsson and Dan Childs.

The awards are an annual showcase of cutting-edge imagery and creative photographic talent, and all images are judged in an open forum over a three-day period, the best of which are awarded gold, silver and bronze awards. 

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