New Kids Photo Comp round opens

First place Sharee McBeth Dallas
First place: Sharee McBeth

D-Photo is once again seeking excellent family photography from its readers in the latest round of the Kids Photo Comp.

This new round has a deadline of October 6, so get the best shots of your kids in to us for a chance at winning an exquisite Moleskine Photo Book Plus from Milk Books, as well as have your image critiqued by a pro and published in the next issue of D-Photo.

Our most recent round was judged by portrait superstar Holly Spring, who picked Sharee McBeth’s gorgeous, candid image of young Dallas as the winner.

Spring says she enjoyed how the image’s narrative is handled, along with the stylistic treatment and shallow depth of field bringing focus to the subject.

“I love that there’s a little story and a touch of mystery going on in this image. Whose braided beanie does this little boy have in his hands, and why are his trousers down around his ankles? Most likely some rough and tumble with a sibling, and this is the ‘nek minnit’ shot.”

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On this weekend

If you’re keen to get out and see some fantastic photography this weekend there is plenty happening around the country:

Russ Flatt: Paper Planes – Auckland


Breaking from his distinguished fashion photography career, Russ Flatt exhibits two distinct personal fine art series of work, each exploring ideas of identity, memory and engagement with the past. The first is a series of detailed colour tableaux, the second black-and-white mug shot-like portraits. The free show is at the Pah Homestead until September 28.


Bev Short: All Woman – Auckland

Portrait photographer Bev Short travelled the country to create compelling, inspiring environmental portraits of empowered New Zealand women from all walks of life in this engaging series. The exhibition is showing free on Waiheke’s Community Art Gallery until the end of the month.


Ann Shelton: Two Words for Black – Auckland


Prolific Wellington-based art photographer, Ann Shelton, has a show combining a sample of her diverse older works alongside new series City of Gold and Lead, which she created while in residence at Tylee Cottage in Whanganui. The exhibition is ...full story

Holly Spring: Worldwide Whimsy


Adrian Hatwell heads along to a show and tell session by the recently-world-famous Auckland photographer, Holly Spring

Local photographer Holly Spring has catapulted into the global spotlight in recent weeks. At this year’s Iris Awards, Holly amassed a large store of accolades for her beautifully creative portraits, and jumped right to the organisation’s Master qualification. Impressive as that achievement was, it was landing a story on the international visual art website, Bored Panda, that brought Holly to the rest of the world’s attention – her images and story have since been featured in the news media in the US, the UK, Europe, South America, India, and beyond.

When the online Meet Up group, Image Central, announced Holly would be coming to speak to an intimate gathering of photography enthusiasts in Auckland this week, I couldn’t pass up the chance to hear how life as a global sensation was going. Unfortunately, it wasn’t all as glamorous as you might imagine; Holly expressed disappointment that much of the media had chosen an exploitative focus on her daughter, Violet, the muse and gorgeous subject for ...full story

Shooting jungle wildlife

Serere, Bolivia

Kelly Lynch offers insight into the gear, guidance and gumption needed for photographing wildlife living in the jungle

Deep in the jungle, Chocó stops suddenly on the path ahead, cups his hands together and mimics the grunts sounding from the canopy high above. He waves for us to follow him off the dirt track, and running over lumpy, leaf-strewn ground we skip around vines, over fallen logs and rippling tree roots. Looking skyward we see one red howler monkey craning her head forward in curiosity at Chocó’s continuing calls. This gives me vital seconds to lift my camera and furiously click before she turns and disappears behind a curtain of greenery.

Early each morning since our arrival at Serere, in the Bolivian jungle, we’d woken to sounds like a brewing storm whirling about in the treetops, and smelled the lingering sweet scent of howler monkey pee, but had never seen them. The monkey’s behaviour is typical of wildlife living deep in the jungle — notoriously shy. Despite hopeful wishing, it’s rare for wildlife to break camouflage and pose for photos, ...full story


Ryan Meta - Laura

Ryan Meta’s take on Annie Leibovitz portrait of Miley Cyrus in Vanity Fair

Luke White looks at ways to bridge the skills gap between shooting stills and video

One of the assignments I set for the Kingsize Scholarship classes is copying a studio portrait by a great photographer. They are under strict orders to take a photograph they love, and copy it as closely as they can. They couldn’t just recreate anyone’s image though — it had to be a photograph by a master, such as Avedon, Leibovitz, or Platon. Of course, the lesson was not plagiarize to succeed — the group understood these images would never make it into their portfolios or websites — but, rather, reverse engineering as a learning tool. Knowing how to deconstruct the sum of a photograph into its parts is an incredibly useful skill, and lighting exercises such as this really force participants to stop and think about how to put together the final piece. Copying something that already exists also frees you from having to make creative decisions, allowing you to simply concentrate on perfecting ...full story

Top travel shooters named

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An annual competition aimed at finding the best travel photographers across the globe has named its champions for another year.

The international Travel Photography Awards, established by veteran New Zealand travel photographer and D-Photo contributor, Chris McLennan, has revealed the winning travel photographers in both amateur and professional categories for 2014.

Now in its second year, the competition gives travel photographers of all levels the chance to compete for a range of exciting prizes, valued at over $24,000, including a seven-night photo trip to French Polynesia with McLennan, a Nikon Df DSLR, and gear from Lowepro, Lexar, HP and AquaTech.

D-Photo is proud to present a gallery of this year’s winning portfolios, along with the champions of the individual People’s Choice and Chris McLennan Rookie awards.

Professional category

First place: Lluís Salvadó (Spain), Faces of Holi

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India by lens

A Girl does her washing in the Gagnes

From packing to departure, Travcom Travel Photographer of the Year 2014, Josh Donnelly, leads us on a photo tour of India

Ask a lot of people who have not been to India what their perception of the country is, and many will give a negative answer. I must admit, even before my plane touched down I was a little apprehensive about what I might be letting myself in for on my first visit. But after a quick two-week holiday, I can truthfully say it was one of the most amazing and colourful places I have ever been to and, as I would discover, it is a photographer’s paradise.

In this article I will write about my whirlwind tour, discussing a few thoughts and approaches on travel photography, and hoping I can motivate you to take the bull by the horns and step outside your comfort zone with your camera on your next holiday.  (more…)