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Manukau Photographic Competition Awards

Media Release 9 May 2005


An awards evening was held on May 6 at the Manurewa Community Arts Centre, Nathan Homestead, to announce the winners in the Manukau City Council photographic competition currently on show there. Manukau Mayor, Sir Barry Curtis, presented the awards chosen from the 80 exhibits.

The Judges, professional photographers Abby Stone and Serena Stevenson, named a winner and runner up in the 6 categories along with an overall winner. The overall winner was Mary Anne Aukino of Manurewa, who won a Camera House voucher worth $650. She also won $350, along with the other 5 category winners; runners up won $150. The junior winner won a Rainbow's End family pass and the junior runner up was presented with a Westfield voucher. Ib Olsen of Manurewa won both the 'Open' and 'Culture' sections and took home $700.

Results of photographic competition:

Overall winner
Mary Anne Aukino - Manurewa

Open Section winner
Ib Olesen - Manurewa
Runner up: Megan Church - Manurewa

Culture Section winner
Ib Olesen - Manurewa
Runner up: Tina cameron - Clevedon

People Section Winner
Mary Anne Aukino
Runner up: Natasha Reeve Wallis - Howick

Places Section winner
Louise Lonsdale Cooper - Howick
Runner up: Shane Harness - Howick

Nature Section winner
Tina Cameron - Clevedon
Runner up: Shona Kebble - Pakuranga

Junior Section winner
Gabriella Bookhorn - Manurewa
Runner up: Christina Masson - Eastern Beach

Competition Judge, Abby Storey thought the overall winner of the contest, 'Tomorrow's leaders in Manukau' by Mary Anne Aukino of Manurewa, really did stand out for her care and attention to detail throughout the whole photographic process. She said, "Photography is a considered art form which requires this kind of attention to detail; from the many and varied ways to take the original photograph, to the mounting of the final print. The winner showed this consideration. Her print was sharp, the colours good and it was well mounted, and of course, she captured a beautiful human moment.

"She communicated a great deal with this one image, in an elegant way which gives the viewer a feeling of respect both for the artist and the subject(s). Overall a fantastic image, I look forward to seeing more of Mary Anne's photographic works in the future."

Abby added that a lot of the images had been printed digitally and varied greatly in quality. She said, "I did feel that the standard of printing in some of them detracted noticeably from what the photographer was trying to communicate." However she concluded that overall the winners reflected the theme (Tomorrow's Manukau through today's lens) strongly communicating a side of their city.

The exhibition will run at the Manurewa Community Arts Centre, Nathan Homestead until the end of May and reopen at the Mangere Arts Outreach Gallery from 30 May.


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