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Inspiring Local Photos in New Exhibition



16 December 2013

Inspiring Local Photos in New Exhibition

Light & Dark Photography Competition Finalists at Carter Observatory

See our region from a different angle in this compelling exhibition of new photos at Carter from 15 December to 11 January 2014. “The exhibition shows that Wellington is a vibrant place for photography. There are some really exciting, innovative images in the exhibition,” says competition organiser and Carter Public Programmes Developer, Becky Bateman.

Of the children’s entries, Capital E Director, Stuart Grant noted, “It’s fantastic to see so many young people taking part in this kind of creative initiative. We can’t wait to see the winning photograph - given the high standard of entries, we’re sure they’ll enjoy their Capital E Digital experience as well.” 2013 Astronomy Photographer of the Year, Mark Gee was also really impressed with the quality of the entries, especially in the under 14 category. “Quite a bit of thought has gone into the images and it was certainly difficult to select the finalists. I wish I had captured some of the shots myself.”

Light & Dark Photo Competition judges had the tough task of choosing eighteen finalists from 216 entries. Local photographer and judge, Jo Elliot was particularly struck by the black and white images entered. “There were some great colour images of course, but these particularly grabbed me!” Deputy Director of Museums Wellington and fellow judge, Paul Thompson was pleasantly surprised by the overall technical quality of the entries. So, how did they choose? “Those photographs that showed an original eye stood out from those that were merely well-executed employing standard tropes. So while nearly all were of ‘magazine’ quality there were enough of the more innovative to make ranking difficult.”

Now the public can view the winning photos and vote for the People’s Choice Award at Carter Observatory from 14 December to 12 January. Alternatively, the public can vote via Carter’sFacebook page, or via the online poll at the Dompost.

Visitors from afar will see how beautiful the greater Wellington region is; locals will reconnect with the city and see it in a different light. Winners will be announced on 10 January at a special ceremony.


Adults Category: Over 18 Years
Paul Le Roy “Below Deck” Location: Churton Park
Evan Davies “Palliser Light” Location: Cape Palliser
Sheng-huei Huang “Camping Under the Milky Way” Location: Aorangi Forest Park
Daniel Bennett “Morning Mist” Location: Moeraki Station, Wairarapa
Chris Murphy “Sky Bridge” Location: Glendhu, Wairarapa
Richard Abbott “Oriental Bay – Please Wait to Be Seated” Location: Oriental Parade

Young Adult Category: 14-18 Years
Lorraine Turner “The Light Shines Through” Location: Raumati Beach
Jonty Renner “Central City” Location: Mt Victoria Lookout
Taylor Burling-Claridge “Bonfire Night” Location: Makara
Taylor Burling-Claridge “Roadside Walk” Location: Kilbirnie
Cody Bridge “House Under theMoonlight” Location: Johnsonville
Cody Bridge “Broken streetlight Lit By Moon” Location: Johnsonville

Capital E! Children’s Category: Under 14 Years
Mason Cade Packer “Cloudy Terror” Location: Kapiti College
Michelle Burling-Claridge “We Blew a Fuse” Location: Johnsonville
Michelle Burling-Claridge “It’s Raining Light” Location: Johnsonville
Larissa Posthuma “Nature Divided” Location: Silverstream
Finley Jones “Suspended in a Void” Location: Eastbourne
Finn Maloney “Flower” Location: Whitby


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