Wish You Were Here photo competition

23:29, Jan 18 2013
Wish you were here: Winners 2012
FIRST PLACE: Gary Frost takes to the sea.
Wish you were here: Winners 2012
SECOND PLACE: Steve Bayley captures his daughter, Pieta, 7, mid-flight.
Wish you were here: Winners 2012
THIRD PLACE: Shelley O'Hagan captures cousins Annie Hartman, 5, left, and Emily O'Hagan, taking their ease.

After three-and-a-half weeks and too many entries to count - probably between 5000 and 6000 - the Press's annual Canon Wish You Were Here holiday photo competition ends today with our choice of four winners.

As in previous years, we have been honoured with many excellent shots of beaches, rivers, barbecues, and bush - people jumping off jetties, falling off sea biscuits, and avoiding falling off mountains. Our decision was collective but ultimately subjective; these are the photos we chose, because we liked them.

For the first time, this season we had a junior section. Arlia O'Sullivan, aged 12, has won by turning the tables. Her waterproof Fujifilm Finepix is no doubt useful for photographing crabs and starfish under the water. For her winning photo she turned it back on herself, the distortion of the waves making an intriguing and unusual self-portrait.

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Isla Cook (5) loving the mud at Little River Campsite.
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Ethan Wong (6) teaching Charlie de Costobadie (3) and Joshua Romans how to play rugby at Corsair Bay.
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Dominic van Uden, 12, enjoys Friday night fun before fish and chips at Diamond Harbour.
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Dom and his dad have fun at Bondi Beach.
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Ruby Williams and Dee Pentecost at Waimari Beach.
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Jeffery ‘hanging five’ at Waimairi Beach.
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Monty Williams enjoying the waves at Waimairi Beach.
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High flier: Rua the lab takes a catch at the Waimakariri River.
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Hello stranger: Arlia O'Sullivan 12, experiences underwater magic at Stewart Island
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Surveying my kingdom: Taken at the Store, in Kekerengu, mid-way between Kaikoura and Blenheim on State Highway 1.
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Hit the beach: Alison and Willow Cook take a spill at Le Bons Bay, between Christchurch and Akaroa.
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Splashdown: Paris Chambers, 10, at Kahuraki, Pegasus.
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We have lift-off: An adventurer prepares to go airborne at Waimairi Beach outside Christchucrh
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Horsing around: Girls march Gangnam Style at Christchurch's English Park
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Bubbly: Rangiora's Olive Gleave, 2, at Balmoral camping ground, Hurunui
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Slippery slope: Ashleigh Barton and Sophie Mercer on the water slide in Leeston, Canterbury.
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DIY boat: Jeff Pentecost goes log fishing in Maha Sounds, Marlborough.
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Board rider: Hayden Hancock at Southbridge Pool on Christmas Eve.
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Pool buddies: Carter, left, and older brother Cooper at home.
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Staying afloat: Miguel Mitchell, Claudia Rowland and Ira Mitchell at Lake Hayes, Queenstown
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Summertime: Claudia Rowland on the shores of Lake Hayes, Queenstown
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Open-air-snooze: Clark Mauger on the deck of a bach in Akaroa.
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Kiwis in Adelaide: Liam holds the temperature gauge while Gerard, Sophie and Phoebe Kilick enjoy the pool.
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Fair catch: Christmas rugby on Sumner beach, Christchucrh, with Fin.
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Hey! Who turned off the gravity? Christchurch's Sam Given. 9, at Lewis Pass
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Hijinks: Ashleigh Barton and Sophie Mercer on the trampoline in Leeston, Canterbury.
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Tap cat's trophy: Henry knows how to use the tap at home in Oxford.
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You go first: Three girls prepare to jump off the pier at Moncks Bay, Christchurch.
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Swimming lession: Luke learns to swim at Kaiteriteri Beach, Nelson
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Swallow flop: Tyler Woolcott, 11, on Christmas Day in Kaiapoi.
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Airborne: Brent Christie soars through the sunset in Twizel.
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Cooling off: Santana enjoys summer fun with the sprinkler.
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Boundry rider: Toby Ellis at Lake Wanaka
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Water walking: Lala, 5 and Alya, 3, enjoy the good weather at Le Bons Bay, Banks Peninsula.
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Sea scene: Walking on Three Mile Lagoon beach towards Okarito, in South Westland.
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Wet Feet: Betty Pearson gets her feet wet.
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Lupin love: Micah Bailey and his mun, Kallie Bailey.
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Me and my shadow: Spot loves to play
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Happy New Year: Frances at Farewell Spit, Golden Bay
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Ariana Eades, 7, and Makayla Eades, 4, on holiday in Cheviot
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Snowy the alpaca introduses himself to Iris during a farm visit at Burnham.
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Before the storm: Bounty Island in Fiji just before the December 14 cyclone. From left, Alicia Hibbert, Marcus Burton and Shery Hanna
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Sun arise: The view from Bridge St, South Brighton as the light rises over the hills of Christchurch.
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Ethan, Thomas and Emily Evans at Okuku River, Loburn
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Wave of fun: Jess and Matt riding the waves at Camp Bay.
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Mermaids grin: Tulipa Dias in the pool at Hamner Springs.
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Beach bird: Kiwi footprints in the sand dunes near Big Hellfire Hut on Stewart Island
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Sea horses: Jess Land rides Hudson at Pines Beach, about four kilometers east of Kaiapoi.
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Summer sprinkle: Joshua Blackman, 4, of Christchucrh, tries to catch a drink from the sprinkler
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Sunbird: A fairy tern flies towards the centre of a brilliant Norfolk Island sunset.
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Dive time: Moriah dives in with Chloe at Corsair Bay, near Lyttelton.
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Hosing down: Jack Alexander, 1, in his paddling pool at Blackwood Bay in Queen Charlotte Sound.
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Cute crawler: Amelia Jamy Dean, 7 months, in Brooklands, Christchucrh.
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Stunning sight: Blake Walker gazes out at Waterfall Bay in the Abel Tasman National Park.
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Baby steps: Murray McPhail with Fyden Lucus-McPhail, 18 months, at Mona Vale in Christchurch.
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Play time: Queenie and Sam at Little Akaloa.
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Watery fun: Having a good time on the pontoon in the irrigation pond, near Methven, from left, Emma Harrison, Sian Hurley, Milly Young and Annie McDonald.
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Cool spot: Trish Caldwell having lunch at Hooker Glacer lake, Mt Cook.
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SWEET CHERRY: Miss Nguyen enjoys the last cherry picking in Kaituna Valley.
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LAKE PLACID: Mark Gloag water-skiing on Christmas Eve on Lake Tekapo.
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FLOWER GIRL: Summer Wake, 7, from Culver City (near Los Angeles), California, enjoys the flowers at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens on New Year's Eve.
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CATCH OF THE DAY: Proud dad, proud son, happy little fish put back with his family for the New Year.
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MUSTERING: Jasmine Uren, 7, helps to move her granddad's sheep on his farm in Waipara, North Canterbury, in her Christmas holidays.
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MONSTER FROM THE DEEP: Sea monster at South Bay, Kaikoura, or Caroline Harnett?
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BOUNCING AROUND: Ollie, 4, and Libby, 22 months, Houghton from Rolleston enjoy sprinkler fun on the trampoline on New Year's Day.
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GREAT WALK: Early morning sun casts long shadows as Meredith and Josh walk from Luxmore Hut to Iris Burn, over Mt Luxmore (Kepler Track).
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EASY DOES IT: The driving lesson - granddad Stephen Battersby and Jack McGruddy, Kaikoura.
elaxing New Year's Day holiday makeover for cousins Annie Hartman (5) and Emily O'Hagan (9) of Christchurch.
Relaxing New Year's Day holiday makeover for cousins Annie Hartman (5) and Emily O'Hagan (9) of Christchurch.
Georgia Martin (3), Lucia Wood (2) and Amelie Martin (4) enjoy a snack in the paddocks of Mesopotamia Station.
Georgia Martin (3), Lucia Wood (2) and Amelie Martin (4) enjoy a snack in the paddocks of Mesopotamia Station.
Joy Evans at Hokitka Gorge on New Year's Day.
Joy Evans at Hokitka Gorge on New Year's Day.
Kate Fox snaps a pic of herself at the top of the Mackinnon Pass on the Milford Track.
Kate Fox snaps a pic of herself at the top of the Mackinnon Pass on the Milford Track.
Joseph Pickover (6) and Catherine Pickover (13) run out to the water at Caroline Bay, Timaru on December 31.
Joseph Pickover (6) and Catherine Pickover (13) run out to the water at Caroline Bay, Timaru on December 31.
Delwyn Ralston and daughter Isabella Ralston (11) play around at Tulett Park, Christchurch, afer fish 'n chips for tea on New Year's Day.
Delwyn Ralston and daughter Isabella Ralston (11) play around at Tulett Park, Christchurch, afer fish 'n chips for tea on New Year's Day.
A seat for two in Hagley Park, Christchurch snapped by Jo Atara
A seat for two in Hagley Park, Christchurch snapped by Jo Atara
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Ben (7) and Abby (5) swim in the garden after the storm night in Westport.
Madilyn Harmer and her cousin, Taylor Harmer cool down in Staveley, Mid Canterbury on Christmas Day.
Madilyn Harmer and her cousin, Taylor Harmer cool down in Staveley, Mid Canterbury on Christmas Day.
Travis Brown really enjoying his icecream at the Groynes.
Travis Brown really enjoying his icecream at the Groynes.
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HOLD ON! Sophie Houghton, 9, experiencing a strong notherly on the Arahura ferry travelling from Wellington to Picton on December 30.
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PICTURE PERFECT: Cloud formations at Ship Cove, Queen Charlotte Sound.
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OUTDOORS FUN: David and his brother Matthew hike the Abel Tasman track.
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CHILLY SNAP: Summer? Yeah right! Liam Robertson plays in snow at Larchview camping ground, Naseby, Central Otago on January 3.
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SUMMER SPLASH: Fourteen-year-old James Adams captured Matthew Adams, 10, jumping off the jetty at Lake Kaniere on the West Coast.
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GONE FISHIN': Four-year-old Ellie Parish caught her first fish at the wharf in Kaikoura. She threw the baby terakihi back so it would "grow up big like me".
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SPOTTING SPOTTIES: Eva and Lily Parry look for fish at Lake Alexandrina.
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A NEW YEAR DAWNS: A dog enjoys the first sunrise of 2013.
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PLAYMATES: Moira Powell snapped dolphins playing off Goose Bay from a kayak.
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I SEE YOU: Willy Gilbert plays in the new pool with the snorkel set he received for Christmas. Bear the labrador wants to know who is behind the mask.
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STARS IN THEIR EYES: Kenny and Stuart Hunter cool off at Leithfield School Pool.
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GOLDEN DAY: Scarlet and Mason Wright at Whariwharangi Beach, Golden Bay.
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ME TOO: Maia Williamson, 9, also conquers Mt Isobel.
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CONQUERORS: Conor and Milan make it to the top of Mt Isobel near Hanmer Springs.
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HORSING AROUND: Holly Grigg and her Kaimanawa pony Ruby cool off in Aotea Harbour, Waikato, on New Year's Day.
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I'M FOREVER... Sea-am Thompson, 6, makes bubbles for New Year's Eve on the Esplanade at Kaikoura.
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WAVE RIDERS: Claire Gow, from Christchurch, rides the waves with hector's dolphins at Curio Bay in the Catlins.
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WHITEWATER THRILLS: Rafting on the Clarence River with Slee and friends.
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BERRY NICE: Ciara Hide-Kirwan enjoys the delights of summer fruit.
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LAKE BREAK: Annabel Bligh, 8, and her brother, Josh, 5, relax at Lake Dunstan in Cromwell.
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GUMBOOT COUNTRY: Milo in Opunake, South Taranaki.
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VANTAGE POINT: Jessica Courtney and her brothers, Tom and Brayden, survey the scene on the island of Mou Waho in Lake Wanaka.
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GET ME OUT: Sam Clelland outside the grasshopper store in Takaka.

In the open section, another self-portrait with a waterproof device has taken our first prize. Gary Frost mounted a GoPro HD Hero2 on the bow of his kayak for his first foray into the sea.

Water features again in our second place-getter, but so do more traditional photography skills.

Steve Bayley's shot of his daughter, Pieta, 7, "dancing with water fairies" on the family lawn was taken with a high-end camera, a Canon EOS 5D.

Our third-placed photo shows that simple equipment also works. Shelley O'Hagan's portrait was taken on an Apple iPad. We just like this photo's goofy simplicity.

 

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