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D-Photo No 98 December 2020 - February 2021

D-Photo is New Zealand’s No.1 digital photography magazine helping Kiwis get to grips with their cameras and use them more creatively. By providing quality how-to features, product reviews, and inspirational pictures, the magazine gives its loyal and ever-increasing subscriber base the information and confidence they need to embrace digital camera technology and make photography a part of their everyday lives. Enjoy the stunning work from talented New Zealand photographers and see the New Zealand landscape and people in a way no one else can in each and every issue.

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in this issue

3 min
far out, what a year it has been

In mid January, I was sitting in a sunny field in Henderson, Auckland. It was midafternoon on a Wednesday, cows were happily chewing grass in the next paddock over, while I was at an outdoor festival waiting for one of the world’s biggest music acts (Lizzo) to come on stage. It was a pretty surreal occasion, but I vividly remember thinking, “I can’t really imagine the rest of 2020 topping this”. That now seems like it was about a decade ago, and it feels grimly comical how correct the thought was. But here we are, on the precipice of a new year and, while the upheaval and strife continues, it does feel a little like we’re coming out the other side (he says desperately). I hope you are doing well, your wha¯nau…

1 min
local student tops comp

A New Zealand photography student has taken out the top spot in this year’s round of Sony’s international photography competition. Oscar Hetherington, who is currently studying photography at Otago Polytechnic, has been awarded the Grand Prize in the 2020 Sony Alpha Awards, winning $10K’ worth of Sony camera gear. Oscar’s champion image, titled Back Wash, depicts a dramatic seascape on the Otago Peninsula. Plenty of other local shooters also placed well in the Australasian competition, including Laurie Winter, who won the Astrophotography category; Ilan Wittenberg, who took out Editorial; Simon Runting, who topped the Nature category; and Benjamin Lane, who won the Wedding category.…

1 min
kiwi success at drone awards

Drone photography is hugely popular across the world and local photographers are showing they’re among the world’s best, as a new international awards programme shows. New Zealand–born, Tasmania-based photographer Paul Hoelen has earned top place in the Abstract category of the international Drone Photo Awards. The winning aerial image, Phoenix Rising, was created over an industrial mine site at Owens Lake in California. Hoelen says that the image’s title refers to the natural regeneration process beginning now that harmful industrial work in the area has shut down. “After a destructive past and the creation of the most toxic dust bowl in America, migratory birds are returning and life is beginning anew,” he says.…

1 min
new zealand’s most beautiful view?

A photography contest designed to raise awareness of eye health has decreed Canterbury’s Hooker Lake to be Aotearoa’s ‘most beautiful view’. Shot by photographer Darren Patterson, the panorama in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park was voted the best view in the country by a panel that included landscape photographer Rach Stewart, TV presenter Shavaughn Ruakere, and nutritionist Claire Turnbull. Second place went to Pouakai Tarns in Taranaki, with Riwaka Resurgence in Nelson region placing third. The competition was run by Macular Degeneration New Zealand, a charity raising awareness of what people stand to lose out on if eye health is not taken seriously. Visit mdnz.org.nz for more on the organization’s work.…

1 min
getty grants open for up-and-comers

International media company Getty Images has announced a new programme of support and mentorship for photographers around the world who are just starting out in their career. The company’s Creative Bursary, this year titled Definition Future, will award three grants of US$10K, $7K, and $3K to up-and-coming photographers looking to “challenge perceptions while simultaneously reshaping and redefining the world in which we live”. As well as funding, all three recipients will be given the opportunity to licence their winning work on the Getty Images and iStock websites at a 100 per cent royalty rate, explains Guy Merrill, global head of art at Getty Images. “We find ourselves living through unprecedented times, and recognize the role that storytelling plays in terms of defining what the future could, and very well may, look like,” he…

1 min
photo fest calls for submissions

The nation’s largest annual celebration of all things photography will return next year and is currently seeking submissions from photographers who wish to be a part of it. The Auckland Festival of Photography will take over our largest city from 3 to 20 June 2021, with major galleries, project spaces, non-gallery venues, and public sites across the region dedicated to showing photo works. The festival comprises a number of programmes, all of which are currently open for registration by interested artists. The Core programme is open for submissions for key exhibitions, talks, screenings, events; the Digital Screens programme seeks expressions of interest for curated work; and the Satellite programme is open for registration from photographers in communities across Auckland. Expressions of interest, submissions, and registrations for the event are open until February…