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


Scientists produce stunning images

Scientists produce stunning images

A day at the office for NIWA scientists can mean anything from taking a helicopter into the Southern Alps to check a weather station, to diving in the ocean to monitor various natural habitats or standing in rivers or lakes conducting water quality tests.
And every so often it means being in the vast expanse of Antarctcia.

These stunning environments which form the backdrop for the vast array of environmental science undertaken by NIWA has led to annual photographic competition for staff.

The competition is unique for the diversity of images which this year includes panoramic scenic shots, birdlife and a little bit of humour.

The winners for 2015 were announced at NIWA’s annual Excellence Awards ceremony in Auckland last night.

Scientific diver Crispin Middleton won the Our People section for a photography he calls “Toado Selfie.” Taken at the Poor Knights Marine Reserve, he is surrounded by panicked Starry Toado Pufferfish. These fish are rarely seen and usually live in deep open water. On rare occasions they stray too close to land and get attacked by hungry kingfish and snapper.

The judges – photography professionals Ross Giblin of Fairfax Media, Gerry le Roux from Science Lens and NIWA’s Dave Allen, commented that the world would be a better place “if more selfies were this good”.

Other section winners were:

• Our Places – Rob Murdoch, Penguins on Ice

• Our Work – Alison Kohout, Ice Edge

• Special Award - Alvin Setiawan, Tui in Flight.

• Public Choice – Chris Brandolino, Army Bay, Whangaparoa

The judges commented on the extraordinary variety of work carried out by NIWA staff which offered unique photographic opportunities. NIWA was widely known for the excellence of its imagery.
The five section winners and a selection of other entries can be found here:


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Bell Gully: Uncertainty Ahead With New Unconscionable Conduct Legislation

new prohibition against ‘unconscionable conduct’ in trade is one of a number of changes to the Fair Trading Act 1986 that come into force from 16 August 2022. The new prohibition may have wide-ranging implications for many businesses... More>>

Statistics: Food Prices Increase 7.4 Percent Annually
Food prices were 7.4 percent higher in July 2022 compared with July 2021, Stats NZ said today... More>>

REINZ: Market Activity And Prices Continue To Ease, First Home Buyers Start To Return To The Market

New Zealand’s winter property market continues its recent trend, slowing from the pace of sales and price rises of last year — properties stay on the market longer and median prices dip... More>>

Kiwi Group Holdings: Fisher Funds Acquires Kiwi Wealth Business

Kiwi Group Holdings Limited (KGHL) today announced the sale of Kiwi Wealth to Fisher Funds for NZ$310 million... More>>

Retail NZ: Welcomes Return Of Cruise Ships

“Cruise visitors were big spenders in retail prior to COVID-19, and retailers in Auckland will be celebrating the arrival of P&O’s Pacific Explorer this morning... More>>

ASB: Full Year Results: Building Resilience Today And For Our Future

In its 175th year, ASB has reported a cash net profit after tax of $1,418 million for the 12 months to 30 June 2022, an increase of $122 million or 9% on the prior year... More>>