It's a stock photo . . . and a winning one, too
"After lining it up I couldn't believe my luck."
This stunning picture of a Taranaki stock drover leading a mob of cattle has won Taranaki Daily News photographer Jonathan Cameron a national gong.
Cameron was awarded the Federated Farmers of New Zealand Rural Photography Award in Wellington on Friday night.
Every autumn for the past 22 years, eastern Taranaki beef and sheep farmer Jack Rawlinson droves cattle from a 535-hectare farm at Matau, 54km east of Stratford, to a 90ha farm in Stratford.
The photo shows 13-year-old Jeana Howells at the head of 250 steaming cattle on day two of the three-day drove.
Cameron said the winning shot was an exciting one to take.
"After lining it up I couldn't believe my luck," he said.
"She came into the centre of the road, having the kiwi sign and steaming cattle. In other countries it may be a Marlboro man not a 13-year-old. It is very much a New Zealand picture."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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