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Snap: It’s competition time again

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 on Monday.

The 2023 edition of the competition titled ‘Summer Lovin’ runs until January 31.

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 staffers Roger Parker and Bevan Wills will create a shortlist to run in a full-page spread on Saturday February 4.

Parker said this year, he was looking to see the essence of summer fun.

“It needs to be a moment in time that captures summer joy in Wairarapa. It’s the details that count.”

He said photography was a form of artistic expression, but an eye-catching photo could take many forms, so encouraged people to get creative. I find photos of people to be the most striking, be it portraits or sporting prowess.”

Celebrated Masterton photographer Pete Nikolaison will lead a panel of judges that will select the top three photographs.

First and second place will be awarded a brand new camera, while third place will see their photo framed by Nikolaison.

Nikolaison said he would be looking for photos that captured the action and told a story.

“What do people love about summer here? Let’s celebrate the region and what it has to offer.”

He said lighting and composition could make or break a photo and was the difference between good, and great.

“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 the Times-Age on Saturday, February 11.

Applicants must submit their entries to [email protected] by January 31, along with their name, phone number, photo location, and a caption.

Mary Argue
Mary Argue
Mary Argue is a reporter at the Wairarapa Times-Age with an interest in justice and the region’s emergency services, regularly covering Masterton District Court, Fire and Emergency and Police.

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