Goblin Forest features in final

17:00, Aug 11 2014
Goblin Forest, New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year finalist
SPOOKY VIEW: A photo of Mt Taranaki’s famed Goblin Forest is a contender in the New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year awards.

An image of the Goblin Forest on the flanks of Mt Taranaki is a finalist in the New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year.

The finalists were revealed at the weekend.

The photo, by Queenstown photographer Jason Law, is selected as a finalist in the landscape category.

The images are on view at a free public exhibition in Cathedral Square, Christchurch, and moved to Auckland in October. The categories are wildlife, landsape, society and culture, and photo story. The 42 finalists' images and stories were whittled down from 3000 entries and were judged by internationally recognised professional photographers Andris Apse and Kim Westerskov and New Zealand Geographic editor James Frankham.

They depicted subjects as familiar as netball courts and as rare as whale sharks, the judges said, and covered the length of New Zealand from Japanese whaling in the Ross Sea to marlin off the Three Kings Islands.

Information on the Goblin Forest image describes it as gnarled branches festooned with trailing moss and lace-like ferns, which give the forest its name.

"Located on the subalpine slopes of Mt Taranaki, many of its contorted kamahi trees sprouted on the stumps of those killed 350 years ago by ash showers from the now-quiescent volcano. Jason Law waited for a rainy day . . . and says further patience was required to capture this image without rain droplets," the description states.

To vote for your favourite online, go to www.nzgeographic.co.nz/photocomp.

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