2018 Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year winning images

The enthusiast photographic community rallied to D-Photo’s call seeking out the best amateur shooters Aotearoa has to offer. In the 2018 edition of the Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year, we received a record-smashing 13,329 across 12 categories, proving once more the passion and pedigree of our creative community up and down the country.

 Grand Prizewinner, Kate Parsonson, The Yin and Yang of Sculpture and Landscape

Grand Prizewinner, Kate Parsonson, The Yin and Yang of Sculpture and Landscape

Considering the veritable mountain of prizes we had up for grabs — worth more than $25K — it’s no big surprise that the contest attracted as much attention as it did. None of which would have been possible without the generous support of brand-name sponsor, Sigma, and all of our category sponsors, listed below alongside their categories. On behalf of the magazine and every eager photographer who entered, we offer our sincere thanks.

Then, of course, there was the unenviable task of having to select but a few of the very best shots from the deluge of impressive imagery we received. Considering the volume, it very much had to be a team effort, and the
D-Photo team certainly went above and beyond to keep things running smoothly. But it was our panel of industry professionals who gave up their valuable time to provide us with the gorgeous gallery that follows — to those generous experts, we also offer our unreserved gratitude.

And, finally, to the thousands of amateur photographers who stepped up and entered images, thank you and congratulations — you’re the ones who make this annual event the extravaganza it is.
 

 
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 First: Mike Vincent, Adventure by road or river

First: Mike Vincent, Adventure by road or river

 Second: Jamie Ryan, Around the Block

Second: Jamie Ryan, Around the Block

 Third: Mark Waddington, New Cars awaiting delivery

Third: Mark Waddington, New Cars awaiting delivery

 
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 First: Michelle Denniston, a bridge to nowhere

First: Michelle Denniston, a bridge to nowhere

 
 Second: Benny Tan, Megalopolis Occulus, New York

Second: Benny Tan, Megalopolis Occulus, New York

 Third: Lyn Alves, Samarkand Temple

Third: Lyn Alves, Samarkand Temple

 
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 First: Ilena Shadbolt, salt of the sea

First: Ilena Shadbolt, salt of the sea

 Second: Gen Scott, Battered and bruised

Second: Gen Scott, Battered and bruised

 
 Third: Alberta Hall, Sumner Beach, Christchurch (Sand and H

Third: Alberta Hall, Sumner Beach, Christchurch (Sand and H

 
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 First: Brendan Gully, Uncertain Path First runner-up

First: Brendan Gully, Uncertain Path
First runner-up

 
 Second: Richard Laing, Oamaru Harbour

Second: Richard Laing, Oamaru Harbour

 Third: Stephen Milner, Milford sound waterfall

Third: Stephen Milner, Milford sound waterfall

 
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 First: Ali Little, White Knight

First: Ali Little, White Knight

 Second: AnneMarie CLinton, Wasp

Second: AnneMarie CLinton, Wasp

 Third: Mark Fox, Toupee

Third: Mark Fox, Toupee

 
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 First: Tom Young: Sancti Spiritus, Cuba

First: Tom Young: Sancti Spiritus, Cuba

 Second: Elijah Tay, Father and son

Second: Elijah Tay, Father and son

 
 Third: Abraham Mora, Rob

Third: Abraham Mora, Rob

 
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 First: Kate Parsonson, The yin and Yang of sculpture and landscape Grand prizewinner

First: Kate Parsonson, The yin and Yang of sculpture and landscape
Grand prizewinner

 
 Second: Kate Parsonson, Dogs in Rome

Second: Kate Parsonson, Dogs in Rome

 
 Third: Karen Moffat-Mcleod, I Float Alone

Third: Karen Moffat-Mcleod, I Float Alone

 
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 First: Sam Wild, Death's Yawn: A sick female found on New Zealand's East Coast Second runner-up

First: Sam Wild, Death's Yawn: A sick female found on New Zealand's East Coast
Second runner-up

 second: Grant Thomas, An Elegant humpback whale poses for the camera

second: Grant Thomas, An Elegant humpback whale poses for the camera

 Third: Glenda Rees, Golden Gannets

Third: Glenda Rees, Golden Gannets

 
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 First: Jacky Challis, Winding through painted mountains, Zhangye, China

First: Jacky Challis, Winding through painted mountains, Zhangye, China

 Second: Dice Sales, Dance with the Fireflies

Second: Dice Sales, Dance with the Fireflies

 Third: Jared Buckley, Home Sweet Home

Third: Jared Buckley, Home Sweet Home

 
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 First: Abraham Mora, Man about his business

First: Abraham Mora, Man about his business

 
 Second: Shelley Harvey, Womb

Second: Shelley Harvey, Womb

 Third: Kathy Richards, She is water, powerful enough to drown you, soft enough to cleanse you, deep enough to save you

Third: Kathy Richards, She is water, powerful enough to drown you, soft enough to cleanse you, deep enough to save you

 
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 First: Bethany Judson, Marlee

First: Bethany Judson, Marlee

 
 Second: Bin Bai, Happy Boy

Second: Bin Bai, Happy Boy

 Third: Ray Ludlow, Musical Pigeons

Third: Ray Ludlow, Musical Pigeons

 
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First: Ray Salisbury, Nelson by Night

Second: Martin Kohn, Loving Mavora Lakes

Third: Jonathan Kane Houldsworth, Wild coast, Sri Lanka