Iris ’14: Overseas Photographer, Highest Scoring Print, Rookie of the Year

Continuing D-Photo‘s online coverage of this year’s Iris Professional Photography Awards, we are proud to present the winning images in the Overseas Photographer of the Year, Highest Scoring Entry Award, and Rookie Photographer of the Year 2014.

Overseas Photographer of the Year: Paul Hoelen

Tasmanian-based photographer Paul Hoelen has taken the Overseas Photographer of the Year award for a second time (first being in 2012). This year he found success with a serious of beautiful aerial landscape images in both the Illustrative and Landscape categories.

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Richard Wood named Photographer of the Year

Richard Wood profileHawke’s Bay photographer Richard Wood scored the top honour at this year’s Iris Professional Photography Awards, being named the New Zealand Photographer of the Year for 2014.

Wood topped the Illustrative category in this year’s awards programme, organised by the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP), and was a finalist in the Portrait Creative category.

He was announced this year’s champion at a gala dinner last night in Rotorua, as part of the Infocus photography conference; this is the second the photographer has topped the competition, the first being in 2011.

Mike Langford, president of the NZIPP, says Wood is a photographer with a gift for continually producing images that sit at the cutting edge of the creative photographic process.

“He pushes the boundaries with his experimentation and originality, and shows us new ways of seeing.”

Below are is a gallery of Wood’s successful images from this year’s Iris awards; in the following days we’ll be bringing you galleries of the other category winners, so check back often.

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Over Saturn’s Limb: Stephanie O’Connor

Fresh from topping the People category in this year’s Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year competition, Auckland-based photographic artist Stephanie O’Connor this week launches a new solo show in an unconventional location. Over Saturn’s Limb is a new series inspired by a mix of interplanetary observation, internet language quirks, and the alluring mysteries of science fiction – and O’Connor has found the perfect venue to match those idiosyncratic insights in Auckland’s rustic Golden Dawn Tavern.

Stephanie chats to D-Photo about the exhibition’s origins, unusual technical set-up, and the desire to have photographic art showing in a more social space:

D-Photo: can you tell me a little about yourself and your background in photography?

Stephanie O’Connor: I sort of studied photography at Elam, after becoming obsessed with photographers like Irving Penn and Walker Evans. Although I began Elam when it went interdisciplinary, so I got given a lump of wax expecting to sculpt (or perhaps experiment) on my first day. I photographed it in the end, after grating the block into a pile. Needless to say, it wasn’t the best start to the year. In saying that, I had a handful of inspiring ...full story

Win a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000

We’ve reviewed it and we’d recommend it, so why not try win it? If you subscribe to D-Photo now you’ll be in the draw to win the new Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, worth $1400.

Our reviewer, Kelly Lynch, says the camera is ideally suited to enthusiast photographers who want something more serious than a point-and-shoot, with lots of options, and ultra-high-definition video.

Check out her review below and subscribe to D-Photo here to be in with a chance to win.


Panasonic’s Lumix FZ1000 is an interesting take on the bridge camera, offering a mixed bag of goodies for those wanting options in both still photography and video. It inherits the traditional bulky shape, size, and comfortable ergonomics of a DSLR but with a fixed 25–400mm (16x optical) Leica lens. It has image stabilization, and its widest aperture is f/2.8 to f/4 as the lens extends.  (more…)

Getting started with Photoshop

Few would question the power of Photoshop as a digital imaging tool, but it can be an intimidating resource for newcomers­ — Philip Bailey walks us through the bare essentials of getting acquainted with Adobe’s powerhouse

TollbarThere are a few things about Photoshop that strike a chord with people, not always in a positive way. Just mentioning the word makes some people want to run for the hills, because they think it’s too hard to sort through all its complexities and are not sure how to use just the basics. I remember the first time I tried to use the program; I opened it up and promptly closed it again. It was very daunting, and I just didn’t know where to start. I probably didn’t use it again for six months.

Others argue it has detracted from the old way, turning photography into something less skill-based than traditional processing. It all adds fuel to the debate about whether anyone with a camera and software can be a ‘pro’. The basis of your side of the argument depends on how you view ...full story

Created for this: Dan O’Day

tumblr_static_1lxtm11a0tus0co80kk848gwkWith the Infocus photography conference kicking off later this week in Rotorua, we finish up our series of pre-show interviews with a chat to Dan O’Day, one of Australia’s finest wedding photographers. Dan is coming over from Canberra to talk to the locals about his unconventional career and the unqiue photographic style he has developed.

A self-taught photographer, Dan says that although he may not hold an official qualification he’s quite confident that he’s made enough mistakes along the way, and scored enough wins, that he now holds a graduate degree from the “School of Hard Knocks”. As well as shooting weddings in his hallmark artful documentary style, Dan has also developed a successful fine art career, in which he strives to hold a gallery show at least once a year. He has exhibited throughout Australia and as far abroad as London.

He is a keynote speaker at the Infocus conference and will be delivering a presentation on how developing personal projects can benefit commercial work, as well as a masterclass discussing his personal philosophies and practical elements of ...full story

More than camera skills

1Veteran nature photographer Graeme Guy has left the pastures of New Zealand and settled in Malaysia, but he tells PJ Heller the secret to great wildlife photography is the same all over

Graeme Guy can sum up what it takes to be a successful nature photographer in four words: practice, patience, perseverance and (most importantly) passion.

“To do well in anything, you have to be passionate about it,” insists Guy, an award-winning and widely published nature photographer. “You have to want to keep doing better. It’s a constant sort of improvement.”

It’s advice Guy lives by, especially in the last 15 years since he began shooting more seriously. Before that, family and work commitments meant he had limited time to devote to nature photography. But it was something he was always interested in, even as a teenager growing up in the Wellington area where he could be found photographing butterflies, praying mantis and other creatures around the section.

“I always liked natural history. It was my interest and my love.” (more…)