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Arataki photography winners announced

Published: 15 June 2017
Arataki Visitor Centre

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Arataki photography competition winners announced.

To celebrate this year’s Matariki Festival, the Arataki Visitor Centre went on the hunt for Aucklanders’ favourite photos of the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park (Te Waonui-a-Tiriwa).

Budding photographers were encouraged to share their best Te Ngahere (forest), Te Wai (water) and Te Rangi (sky) photos captured in or around the Waitākeres.

The competition was tight with some truly breath-taking photography and nearly 900 entries. After much deliberation, the category winners and overall ‘best in show’ were announced at the Arataki Visitor Centre during the competition’s exhibition opening on 11 June 2017.

Judged by Waitākere Ranges Local Board Chair Greg Presland and Auckland-based photographers Chris Turner and Pete Rees, the winning entries were chosen for their creativity, composition and originality.

Commenting on the competition, Greg Presland says "we were spoilt for choice with the range of entries, which all showcased the beauty and diversity of the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park. It was a difficult enough job creating a shortlist of entries, let alone choosing the category winners. A big congratulations to the winners and to everyone who submitted an entry.”

The winning entries and finalist photographs will be exhibited at the Arataki Visitor Centre until 30 July 2017, so make sure you check it out and vote for your favourite for the People’s Choice Award.

The winners

Best in show

Black and white image of a beach with a large white cloud stretching across the sky.
Martin Sercombe - Beneath Whatipu

Te Ngahere (forest)

Side angle view of a tui bird with rich multicoloured feathers.
Heidi Padain - Tui Bird

Te Wai (water) 

Black and white image of a wharf stretching out into the distance.
Linda Koloni - Cornwallis Wharf

Te Rangi (sky) 

Panoramic shot of a beach at night with thousands of stars shinning in the sky.
Marvin Cordon - Karekare Beach Milky Way