A COLOURFUL picture capturing a full moon rising over Wainui Beach was the standout of entries to the Tourism Eastland photography competition as voted by the people of Gisborne.
Wainui Beach artist Tony Ogle’s photograph, Orange ‘Blue’ Moon won the people’s choice award in the Out East 2012 competition, with voting at the A&P Show tourism exhibit.
More than 2000 votes were cast at the show towards the people’s choice category, said Tourism Eastland marketing manager Kerry Taggart.
This was the first year Tourism Eastland has had a site at the show and it was a great turnout — they won the merit award for best large commercial site and best site at the Show.
This was the second year of the annual competition, which also acts as a photo hunt for images to use in upcoming tourism campaigns to market Gisborne and the East Coast to the world.
Mrs Taggart said it was an opportunity for “locals” to be a part of marketing their region.
“We were amazed with the response.
“The standard was even higher than last year, making the judges’ job tougher.”
Motu resident Maria Barbarich-Waikari won the adults’ Our People section with a photo of her daughter Pagan playing in the wet sand near Tolaga Bay wharf during an outing to watch Poverty Bay versus East Coast.
“It was a fun day out,” she said.
Trudi Ngawhare’s photo of a day collecting kina aptly titled Kohi Kina! Dats how we roll, won the Our Way of Life section with an image of siblings Awatea (13) and Manaia (9) Haenga at Horoera Beach near Te Araroa.
Karen Eddy’s picture of farmland and streams, entitled Drive to Work won the adult’s Our Place category.
About 225 entries were received and although this was slightly down this year, tweaking to the competition criteria meant only four entries per person were allowed.
Mrs Taggart was pleased with the overall calibre of entries, which represent the diversity of the Eastland region.
There was also an increase in the primary and secondary school children’s sections of the competition, she said.
The Out East 2012 photography competition was supported by The Gisborne Herald.
Out East 2012 winners:
Our People: Maria Barbarich-Waikari, Country girl visits Tolaga Bay wharf, 1; Mary Mackey, Our matriarch, 2. Our Place: Karen Eddy, Drive to work, 1; Doone Harrison, The view out east, 2. Our Way of Life: Trudi Ngawhare, Kohi kina! Dats how we roll, 1; Debbie Hall, Pets day East Coast style, 2.
Our People: Rhys Egan, A day at the beach, 1; Malina Haenga, We own this LOL, 2; Jonathan Wagner, Battle of wills, 3. Our Place: Kyla Mackey, Neighbourhood watch Mahanga, 1; Liam Clayton, River flowing through rocks, 2; Nathan Hall, Church Sunset, 3. Our Way of Life: Antz Barbarich-Waikari, Misty morning, 1; Malina Haenga, Waiting for the big one, 2; Rhys Egan, Skim boarder, 3.
Our People: Tiaaliya Waihi-Paul, Fishing on the wharf, 1; Haeroa King, Ka mate, 2; Ellie Newman, My little bro, 3. Our Place: Brad Hall, Captain Wacky, 1; Keanu de Cleene, We’re flying, 2; Joy Ki-Nuia, A magnificent marae, 3. Our Way of Life: Samuel Hawthorne, Funnest day at the beach with my cousins, 1; Corban Richter, Unforgettable culture, 2; Pagan Barbarich-Waikari, Morning hunt, 3.
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD: Tony Ogle, Orange ‘blue’ moon – Wainui Beach.
ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE – OUT EAST LUCKY WINNER: Alice Pettigrew.
Motu resident Maria Barbarich-Waikari’s picture of her daughter Pagan playing in the sand near Tolaga Bay wharf was a stand-out for judges, winning first place in the Our People category. The beach visit concluded a trip to the Coast to watch the Poverty Bay v East Coast rugby game earlier this year. Picture by Maria Barbarich-Waikari
EAST COAST FARMLAND: A side-of-the-road picture taken on a “drive to work” shows a snapshot of the district’s rural landscape and won the Our Place category of the competition. Picture by Karen Eddy
PRICKLY BUT YUM: The winning picture for the Our Way of Life adults category, Kohi Kina! Dats how we roll, of Awatea Haenga (13) and his younger sister Manaia (9, background) collecting kina at Horoera Beach near Te Araroa. Picture by Trudi Ngawhare
BLOOD MOON: The People’s Choice Award-winning picture Orange ‘Blue’ Moon, a striking image shot at Wainui Beach, won the hearts and minds of voters at the Show. Picture by Tony Ogle