International Year of Biodiversity: Biodiversity Captured photo competition

Sirocco the Spokesbird —  27/09/2010

Great to see all the photos that were entered in the New Zealand Biodiversity: Captured photo comp. 

I was impressed that so many of my relatives had such star qualities (I thought it was just us kākāpō that did well in the limelight). There were photos with tui, fantails, albatrosses, heron, blue ducks, paradise ducks…and one that’s a reminder of how hard it can be to be a bird – a yellow-eyed penguin giving a dog a piece of its mind. And those are just the photos that featured my bird mates. 

We had top-notch judges for the competition – Craig Potton, Kim Westerskov, and Norman Heke – and from what I understand they had a pretty hard job determining the winners. 

Top winner was Mandy Hague’s photo of a heron with impeccable table manners eating a small shrimp. 

Mandy Hague's winning photo - heron eating shrimp.

Mandy Hague's winning photo - heron eating shrimp

 Runner up was Dillon Anderson’s photo of a blue duck in mid stream. 

Dillon Anderson's runner up photo - blue duck.

Dillon Anderson's runner up photo - blue duck

Thanks to NZ National Commission for UNESCO, NIWA, and Forest & Bird sponsoring the photo comp with DOC. The photo comp was a great way to give NZ wildlife starring roles during International Year of Biodiversity. 

Want to see the photos up close? They’re up at ZEALANDIA between now and 18 October 2010. 

Yellow-eyed penguin, angler and dog – photo by Peter Langlands.

Yellow-eyed penguin, angler and dog – photo by Peter Langlands

And the winners are…

Overall Winner

Mandy Hague 

Overall Runner-up

Dillon Anderson 

Land and sky

Youth winners

1st place Merryn Giblin 

2nd place Rawiri Milne 

Adult winners

1st place Dillon Anderson 

2nd place Jason Blair 


Youth winners

1st Emma Wilson 

2nd Merryn Giblin 

Adult winners

1st Mandy Hague 

2nd Alison Perkins 

People and biodiversity

Youth winners

1st Tikirau Hathaway 

2nd Skye Kelly 

Adult winners

1st Andy Maloney 

2nd Peter Langlands