Whether it’s the latest DSLR, disposable Kodak, or just your regular point-and-shoot smartphone, grab it and get snapping, because the annual Wairarapa Times-Age photo competition launches today.
The 2023 edition of the annual competition – which has the theme ‘I Love Wairarapa’ – runs until January 20.
It is free to enter, and photos can be submitted in either colour or black and white. There is only one rule: The photos entered must be taken in Wairarapa.
From the entries, Times-Age staff will create a shortlist of finalists and publish their photos in February.
Times-Age news director Roger Parker said the judges will be looking for photographs that best reflect the essence of why we love living in Wairarapa.
“It needs to be a moment in time that captures the unique feel of Wairarapa. It’s the details that count.”
Photography is a form of artistic expression, Parker said, and an eye-catching photo can be created in a multitude of different ways, so he encourages people to get creative.
“I find photos of people to be the most striking, be it portraits or a spontaneous snapshot.”
Celebrated Masterton photographer Pete Nikolaison will lead the panel of judges that will ultimately select the top three photographs.
Nikolaison said he will be looking for photos that grab the viewer and tell a story.
“What do people love about summer here? Let’s celebrate the region and what it has to offer.”
Lighting and composition can make or break a photo and is the difference between good and great, Nikolaison said.
“Light is almost the most important aspect of a photo, directly followed by how it is put together. Composition is key.”
The winning three photos will be announced in February. Pictured is 2022/23 winners. Stay tuned for an announcement soon about the prizes to be won.
Applicants must submit their entries to [email protected], along with their name, phone number, photo location, and a caption.
For more information, visit https://times-age.co.nz/photo-competition/