Photos win top award

19:29, Dec 04 2012
VICTORIOUS: Sonny Bill Williams celebrates after beating Clarence Tillman III to claim the New Zealand Professional Boxing Association heavyweight title at Claudelands Arena.
VICTORIOUS: Sonny Bill Williams celebrates after beating Clarence Tillman III to claim the New Zealand Professional Boxing Association heavyweight title at Claudelands Arena.
IN FLIGHT: Paul Langlands soars over a dirt jump on his BMX
IN FLIGHT: Paul Langlands soars over a dirt jump on his BMX
HOLD TIGHT: Australian bareback rider Cody Angland at the International Rodeo at Hamilton’s Claudelands Arena.
HOLD TIGHT: Australian bareback rider Cody Angland at the International Rodeo at Hamilton’s Claudelands Arena.
WET AND WILD:  Jack Wilson, of Auckland, powers through the water during the Lion Foundation New Zealand Surf League at Mt Maunganui.
WET AND WILD: Jack Wilson, of Auckland, powers through the water during the Lion Foundation New Zealand Surf League at Mt Maunganui.
MORNING MIST: Olympic rowing teams head out from the high-performance centre at the Karapiro Domain.
MORNING MIST: Olympic rowing teams head out from the high-performance centre at the Karapiro Domain.

Waikato Times deputy chief photographer Mark Taylor won the Nikon Sports Photography Award for the best portfolio at the Sir Terry McLean National Sports Journalism Awards on Thursday.

The judges said Taylor's five winning photographs displayed flair and diversity, setting him apart from the other finalists.

"Mark displayed ingenuity with his camera angles and clearly put a lot of thought and planning into his portfolio."

Deputy sports editor Ian Anderson won the Gary Frew Memorial for Outstanding Contribution to Provincial Sports Journalism. 

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