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Lily Power's underwater photo won the Beneath the Surface category
16 March 2015

Seaweek event unearths photographic talent

Cawthron's annual Seaweek photography competition has highlighted a depth of talent in the top of the South Island.

Competition judge, Nelson Mail chief photographer Martin de Ruyter, says the quality of entries was a lot higher this year than previous years, particularly for the underwater category.

"I was really impressed with what I saw. With the cheapness of underwater cameras you can take these photos now; before, you needed equipment that cost thousands of dollars."

There were 73 photos entered in four categories. The theme for this year's event was 'Beneath the Surface' and the winner of that category was Lily Power's photo of a snorkeller.

"The photo has a sense of fun about it, with the hair going everywhere, the nail polish and reflection on the under side of the water," says Mr de Ruyter. "It's just a cool young person snorkelling under the surface."

Cawthron Institute Community Educator Cristina Armstrong says this year's theme really seemed to get people's imagination going.

"It got them out there looking underneath the sea and really observing the amazing life that exists there – which is what Seaweek is all about," she says.

"The marine environment is so important to the top of the south and the variety of photos reflects how much we value our local coastline. Every year people rise to the challenge and the photos seem to get better each year."

See all of the Seaweek photo entries on our 'Friends of Cawthron' Facebook page.

Cawthron's Seaweek photography competition winners 2015:

Beneath the Surface
1st – Lily Power
2nd – Cherie Palmer
3rd – Mieke van Dam

Local treasures
1st – Alaric McCarthy
2nd – Kath Inwood
3rd – Alison Kelso

Pets
1st – Cherie Palmer
2nd – Dot Ashton
3rd – Rosie Ross

Under-13
1st – Amy Dallow
2nd – Amy Dallow
3rd – Leah Friend

Find out more:

Read the previous article on this website

Contact Community Educator Cristina Armstrong