Christchurch pair snap up top prizes in photography competition
Two up-and-coming Christchurch photographers have snapped up the top prizes in a national competition.
Ara Institute of Canterbury second year student Roseanne Jones and Burnside High School student Wenlin Zhang are the first South Islanders to win the prestigious Canon Eyecon competition. The pair are set to receive their prizes at a ceremony on Wednesday.
Jones, the tertiary level winner of the competition, said her parents' home was the inspiration for her series of photos.
The shots, which detailed her parents' struggle with hoarding, were "very personal, and very hard to deal with".
When she and her sister moved out 20 years ago, her parents found it difficult to "let things go" and the home was brimming with relics of the past.
The opportunity to document the devastating changes to the home she had grown up in had been challenging to edit, but it was an opportunity to capture what their life was like, she said.
The black and white series was applauded by the judges.
Renowned wedding photographer and competition judge Jim Pollard said the work was "authentic, honest, sensitive" and top fashion photographer Fiona Quinn hailed Jones' "unique and gritty perspective".
Jones said she had already cashed in on one of her prizes, a trip to Auckland to spend a day in the studio capturing a hairdressing event with Quinn, and another trip to Auckland and Queenstown were in the works.
She also won a cash prize and a voucher for photography equipment, but her true passion was for documentary and landscape work.
The competition was open to year 12 and 13 high school students studying photography, tertiary students studying film or photography, assistant filmmakers and assistant photographers.
Canon New Zealand employee Rochelle Mora said the calibre of work produced for the eighth year of the photography and film competition had been "outstanding".
"The bar keeps being lifted."