Wish You Were Here photo competition

Competition winners named

Last updated 05:00 19/01/2013
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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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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.

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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