Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 


Eels sharing home win photo competition

Eels sharing home win photo competition

A photograph of two moray eels sharing an underwater crevice has taken out the judges' choice award at NIWA's annual photograph competition announced last night.

The eels were photographed by Auckland-based scientist James Williams near an underwater cliff at the Mokohinau Islands, off the northeast coast of the North Island.

Each year NIWA holds a photographic competition for it staff, many
whom work in some unusual and stunning environments.

Judges said of this year’s winning shot: “This is a great shot with excellent lighting and finely focused detail bringing out the pair of eels and their surrounding habitat.  Cute, humorous and colourful.”

Other winners in the competition were Crispin Middleton, Jean Keddy and Daniel Leduc. Their photographs featured a pre-dawn start for scientists on New Zealand’s most northerly harbour, Parengarenga, a male nematode seen through an interfence contrast microscope, a John Dory cruising past the entrance to Northern Arch at the Poor Knights Marine Reserve and a spotlight on Tapu te Ranga.

The photographs can be seen here:http://www.niwa.co.nz/photo-competition
The winners were announced at NIWA's Excellence Awards held last night.

NIWA Chief Executive John Morgan said the Excellence Awards was an annual event that recognise outstanding individual achievements of NIWA staff, across a wide range of disciplines in a number of categories.

NIWA honoured Tony Bromley with its lifetime achievement award. This year Tony marked 50 years working for NIWA. His contribution has been in the field of meteorological and air quality investigations. His work in airborne biosecurity, the surveys of transmission lines and industrial site studies, along with a host of other field and laboratory activities, have earned Tony the deep respect of his colleagues.

Internationally renowned taxonomy expert Michelle Kelly received the Extraordinary Achievement Award after earlier this year being awarded the rare Degree of Doctor of Science by the University of Auckland. The degree recognised her distinguished research career that has seen her make an enormous difference in biology and in the wider community.

Chief Scientist, Climate, David Wratt received the award for Science Communication. David is an outstanding communicator and leader in climate change science. His communication skills have seen him influence government policy and seen him represent New Zealand internationally. This week he is in Stockholm for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest report to which he has been a major contributor.

Hamilton-based scientist Paul Franklin received the Early Career Science Award. He has rapidly expanded his scientific expertise in ecohydraulics and fisheries and now provides important advice to regional councils on water allocation issues.

The Leadership award went to marine ecologist Alison MacDiarmid who has worked to build NIWA’s credibility in new areas of consultancy.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Scoop Business: Spark, Voda And Telstra To Lay New Trans-Tasman Cable

Spark New Zealand and Vodafone, New Zealand’s two dominant telecommunications providers, in partnership with Australian provider Telstra, will spend US$70 million building a trans-Tasman submarine cable to bolster broadband traffic between the neighbouring countries and the rest of the world. More>>

ALSO:

Statistics: Current Account Deficit Widens

New Zealand's annual current account deficit was $6.1 billion (2.6 percent of GDP) for the year ended September 2014. This compares with a deficit of $5.8 billion (2.5 percent of GDP) for the year ended June 2014. More>>

ALSO:

Still In The Red: NZ Govt Shunts Out Surplus To 2016

The New Zealand government has pushed out its targeted return to surplus for a year as falling dairy prices and a low inflation environment has kept a lid on its rising tax take, but is still dangling a possible tax cut in 2017, the next election year and promising to try and achieve the surplus pledge on which it campaigned for election in September. More>>

ALSO:

Job Insecurity: Time For Jobs That Count In The Meat Industry

“Meat Workers face it all”, says Graham Cooke, Meat Workers Union National Secretary. “Seasonal work, dangerous jobs, casual and zero hours contracts, and increasing pressure on workers to join non-union individual agreements. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: ComCom Charges Hawkins’ Finance Companies Over Debt Recovery

The Commerce Commission has filed criminal proceedings against two finance companies run by former 1980s high-flyer Allan Hawkins over their debt recovery practices. More>>

ALSO:

Science Media Centre: The Big Science Stories Of 2014

It was a dramatic year for science, one that witnessed a severe outbreak of Ebola in West Africa and an historic mission to land a space probe on a comet. On the home front... headlines with animal testing for 'legal highs', 1080 use to tackle increased pest numbers and court action over genetically modified organisms among the most-covered stories. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sci-Tech
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news