Nelson snapper takes out winning shot

"The whole city seemed like a theatre" by Nelson photographer Irene Callaghan.
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"The whole city seemed like a theatre" by Nelson photographer Irene Callaghan.

Wellington's vibe and diversity is captured in one of the winning Nelson National Triptych Salon photos, taken by Nelson photographer Irene Callaghan.

Callaghan won the Champion Triptych Print for the compilation of photos she took on a weekend trip to the capital. 

An array of different shapes and colours makes up the three fold image.

"Drop of Red" by Nelson photographer Brian Dowling.
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"Drop of Red" by Nelson photographer Brian Dowling.

A triptych is a presentation made up of three distinctly separated photographic images displayed on a common background. 

Callaghan said she had "quite a lot of fun" putting the image together, but she didn't expect it to win.

"You like it so you think, maybe someone else will."

"Keep Your Eyes Peeled" by Dunedin photographer Kathy Richards.
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"Keep Your Eyes Peeled" by Dunedin photographer Kathy Richards.

She said she wandered from the railway station to one of the market places, taking photos along the way.

Once back home in Nelson, she layered about 80 of her photos to create the final image. 

"I did a lot of blurred photography, in other words moving the camera while I was taking the photo.

"I wanted to create an impression of Wellington."

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This year's Nelson National Triptych Salon, organised by the Nelson Camera Club, received over 300 print and projected submissions from all over the country.

The submissions were judged by Photographic Society of New Zealand's Sally Mason from Nelson, John Boyd from Lower Hutt and Aliah Jan from Auckland.

Other Nelson photographers whose works feature in the Salon are Brian Dowling, Dianna Hambleton and Barry Doig.

William Wright from Lower Hutt was the winner of the award for the Champion Projected Image Triptych, with his images of a corrugated building, a drain-pipe and a shadow in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Organiser Don Pittham said the key to constructing a successful triptych was "the ability to bring together three images that, linked by design or narrative, produce a composite whole with more impact than the sum of the three individual pictures".

He said Callaghan had "absorbed the total ambience of the city" with her winning image. 

Hanafins Camera and Video store is displaying 59 projected images from the competition and Morri Street Cafe is having an exhibition of the 17 top triptych prints until October 21.

A new award in this fifth year of the salon was for the triptych which best depicted a well known phrase or saying. 

Pittham said some "very imaginative entries" were submitted and the winner was the triptych "Keep your Eyes Peeled" by Dunedin photographer Kathy Richards, which was created with fruit, an egg and dolls eyes.

 - Stuff

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