Waikato A&P Photographic Competition

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Thank you to our Judges, Aliah Jan and Trefor Ward for making the hard decisions, they did a fantastic job and we thank them for their time. You can check out their portfolios and engage their services by clicking their names.

Judging was done through a blind system, where each photo was assigned a number and displayed with no order or identification.


  • Rural Life – Capture the beauty, heartache, challenge or pure joy that comes from our rural experience. In this category you can feature animals or people or neither.  It is the emotion that should reach out from your work.
  • Scenic- “Ô, Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth.” – Roman Payne. Showcase the natural beauty in our world; the diversity of our planet offers sand, sea, sky and galaxies to find inspiration.
  • Motion – Capturing movement in a single frame.

1st place winners to receive a years subscription to the Photographic Society of New Zealand as well as prize money.

2018 Winners

Adult – Rural Life 

1st – Marie Whitworth – Calf & Milking

2nd – Gary Phoenix – Cows on top of the world

3rd – Fiona Welch – Calf & Girl

4th – Gary Phoenix – The Dairy & it’s employees

5th – Philip Brandon – Sheep Group

6th – Philip Brandon – Sheep Portrait

Adult – Motion 

1st – Fiona Welch – Chicken & Cat

2nd – Renzo Bueno – Blue Bird

3rd – Noel Wylie – Blue Jet Boat from Jet Sprints at Baypark

4th – Philip Brandon – Ewe with Lambs

Adult – Scenic 

1st – Gary Phoenix – Moon at Sunrise

2nd – Val McArthur – Rainbow behind hill

3rd – Wibke Duerkop – Seascape

4th – Mel Hammond – Sun through trees

5th – Val McArthur – Rainbow landscape

6th – Noel Wylie  – Pink sky over ocean at 12 Apsotles Australia

College – Rural Life 

1st – Georgia Whitworth – Dog & Calf Meeting

2nd – Georgia Whitworth – White cow

3rd – Kate Seager – Fishing

College – Motion 

1st – Melani Potgieter – Seagulls

2nd – Lexi Nolan – Horseshoes in Sky

3rd – Samara Marsters – Waterfall

College – Scenic 

1st – Lexi Nolan – Sky through trees

2nd – Melani Potgieter – Beach with rocks

3rd – Lexi Nolan – Waves onto beach

Supreme Winner 

Calf & Milking by Marie Whitworth

Sash and Printing voucher from Snapshot

Judges comments: A Brave angle not commonly seen, love the look of the calf and the dripping milk. Kudos to the photographer – should get bravery award! Had a powerful composition even though technically not as advanced as other entries.

Fun Fact: This entry was taken in the early hours when a calf had snuck over to the shed to get some milk directly from the source. 

Judges choices

Marie Whitworth with Calf & Milking  – Winner of Camera Tripod from Snapshot

Georgia Whitworth with Dog & Calf  – Winner of Canon Lxus 185 Camera from Snapshot

Public choices – awarded Rosettes 

Fiona Welch with Chicken & Cat

Melani Potgieter with Beach

Georgia Whitworth with Paris