Photo captures Sumner's beauty

EXHIBITION: Cave Rock, by Richard Simmonds won a photographic competition organised by The Sumner Hub.
EXHIBITION: Cave Rock, by Richard Simmonds won a photographic competition organised by The Sumner Hub.

A moody photograph of Cave Rock in Sumner has won a photographic competition celebrating the beauty of the area.

Richard Simmonds' image taken from Scarborough Hill features in an exhibition of more than 60 photographs.

The exhibition, organised by The Sumner Hub, opened at the Aoturoa Photo Art Gallery in Nayland St last night.

A photograph of Shag Rock by Ian Wiseman ranked second and another image by Simmonds of a child running in shallow water came third.

The Sumner Hub events co-ordinator Colette Doughty said the top three images were "all true stunners" that captured the area at its best.

The judges - Christina Garbarini, Rose Cameron and Maja Moritz - were "really impressed" with all of the entries, Doughty said.

"They are all locals and keen photographers. The criteria was any photo taken in the Port Hills/Sumner region - from the estuary right through to Taylors Mistake," she said.

"We have got a really good selection. It's going to be quite cool to see which ones are the popular ones."

Doughty said a similar competition was run on a smaller scale last year and a winning photograph by John Maillard would adorn a container on the corner of Nayland St and Wakefield Ave from next week.

The people's choice winner of this year's competition, a photograph of Cave Rock by Tim Clemence, would go alongside it once The Sumner Hub had raised the $2000 needed to get it printed.

"The containers are pretty ugly and they are going to be staying for a couple of years. The idea is that we will get three or four [blown-up images] along there that will really brighten up the village," she said.

"Sumner has had a pretty rough time. We're just trying to give it a nice plug really. Sometimes we just need to focus on [the beauty of the area] rather than everything else that is going on."

Doughty said copies of all 61 photographs in this year's competition would be for sale in various sizes, with 60 per cent of sales going to the photographers.

The rest of the money would go towards The Sumner Hub "so we can continue to run local events" and producing a 2015 calendar with the most popular photographs.

The exhibition at the Aoturoa Photo Art Gallery, 141 Nayland St, runs until March 30.

The Press