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Auckland Photo Day 2013

Jun 21, 2013 Art

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Here is a day in the life of Auckland. On June 8, Aucklanders trained their lenses on their surroundings for the Nikon Auckland Photo Day 2013 competition, run by the Auckland Festival of Photography. After trawling through a whopping 1100 entries, judges have found a winner. First prize goes to Groo Lee of Greenhithe for We Need to Talk, an intimate, modern portrait of three people glued to their glowing screens.

Judges comments:

First place: We Need to Talk, Groo Lee
A beautifully exposed image which shows an insite into the disconnection of modern, technology driven lifestyles of today. A typical if not  sad example of self-indulgence together as a family. The beautiful lighting within the image is a paradox considering it’s from the devices at the heart of the issue.

Second place : No Fish Today, Peter Chuah
Great engagement with the photographer in a city where you might expect indifference (or worse ). It’s very much a case of  “don’t worry be happy” at it’s finest, and a fine snapshot in time from the streets of Auckland. The judges also liked the dissociation with the lady sharing the same bench.

Third place : Miles Away, Kimber Brown
An almost spy-like shot which a lot of people in Auckland could relate to. A minimalist and yet symbolic portrait of a man escaping the chains of corporate drudgery. It’s a personal moment of downtime amidst the concrete jungle of downtown Auckland. The judging panel agreed the image was striking and perfectly timed.

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