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Acknowledging the beauty of native flora

NATIVE trees and flora from different perspectives were celebrated in the 2021 Women’s Native Tree Project Trust’s (WNTPT) photo competition.

The aim of the competiton was for amateur photographers of all ages to showcase the different native flora in Tairawhiti.

The competition attracted 74 entries.

All photos submitted had to be taken between January 15 and February 28.

WNTPT nursery manager Kauri Forno said they were delighted with the number of entries and particularly pleased with the fantastic photos from tamariki.

“It was great to see a huge range of locations used to celebrate and acknowledge the stunning beauty of our native flora,” Ms Forno said.

“I was impressed by the clever angles and light the photographers managed to capture. It was so successful we will definitely run it again next year.”

Environment Centre manager Rena Kohere, QEII National Trust regional representative Malcolm Rutherford and professional photographer Jordan Perry judged the competition.

“Huge mihi to the judges who had hard decisions to make,” Ms Kauri said.

AND THE WINNERS ARE . . . With an impressive 74 entries, it was difficult for the judges to choose winners for the 2021 Women’s Native Tree Project Trust’s photo competiton. Above from left, Madeleine Poulter, 11, took out the under-13 category, Gay Young won the over-19 section and Holly Flyger was named winner of the 13-18yrs category. Picture by Liam ClaytonNative tree trust photo comp winners - Madeleine Poulter 11 (Youth), Gay Young (Adult), Holly Flyger (Teenager Winner)
SKILLED PHOTOGRAPHERS: The winning entries were all taken in Gray’s Bush Scenic Reserve. Holly Flyger took this impressive shot (above) of twisted trees.
Gay Young showcased her photography skills.
Eleven-year-old Madeleine Poulter captured flora from a unique angle.