Not your normal portrait.
Times' photographer John Hawkins selected this image as one of his favourites this year.
It captures the good nature of Mud Running buddies Ryan Sycamore, left, and Jeremy Anderson who gave their all and had a ball while helping raise funds for Central Southland College at Winton.
This was as favourite photo of mine because of the atmosphere created by the sun coming through the fog and the striking saturation of the colours.
It was taken on Lake George, near Colac Bay, which I had never had the pleasure of going to until this day.
Environment Southland environmental technical officer Dianne Elliott was in the kayak with devices for water sampling.
On the drive from the office, the weather was closed in with no light and I was thinking this was going to be a pretty unexciting photo shoot if I couldn't even see across the lake but, as we arrived, the fog thinned and the sun managed to break through in patches.
I had to clamber into a kayak and get wet to get this shot, but it was worth it for the end result.
Photographing motor sport normally requires a long telephoto lens because of saftey concerns.
However, Speedway at Sandy Point, Oreti Park, is the exception, with its raised concrete walls, topped off with a fence allowing the crowd up close to the action.
So, with the average family camera you should be able to obtain good action pics. But take ear plugs.
Here are some of my favourite pics from the Speedway night during the Burt Munro Challenge earlier this month.
Cheers and Merry Xmas. John H
An insight into covering the 2013 Tour of Southland - regards, Robyn Edie, chief photographer.
Those who know me know that I'm a bit of a theatre junkie, I love it.
So when the opportunity came up for me to photograph the latest show in town I was pretty excited about it.
Taking photos in a theatre can be a real challenge, the lighting is often low.
I am completely at the mercy of the lighting operator. Being a musical show there is a lot of action onstage, having cast members dancing means fast movement, which means that as a photographer, I need a lot of light to work with.
If they haven't spent a lot of time designing the lighting then my photos can turn out pretty average.
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