Kiwis snag international landscape spots

Three New Zealand photographers have made the finalist list in a new landscape photography competition seeking out 101 of the best landscape images from throughout the globe. Images from local photographers Allan Cox, Roger Wandless and Michael Norrie are featured in the top 101 list in the inaugural International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition, and will also be published in the resulting awards book.

The competition was established by prominent Australian photographers Peter Eastway, David Evans and Nathan Oxley to celebrate excellence and diversity in landscape photography the world over.

In its first year the competition's top three spots were all taken by Australian photographers – Christian Fletcher in first place, Tom Putt in second and Will Dielenberg in third place for the title of 2014 International Landscape Photographer of the Year.

The competition also awards a special prize for the single best overall image, as opposed to the portfolio-based primary award, which this year went to Craig Perry, also of Australia, followed by Putt in second and Netherlands photographer Bas Meelker in third.

There are five special, possibly toungue-in-cheek, themed awards on the programme, which acknowledged some of the most common subjects and styles in landscape photography: The Lonely Tree Award, The Jetty Award, The Sunset Award, The Fuzzy Water Award and The Hot Location Award.

You can view those winning images, along with the New Zealand finalists and overall winners in the gallery below.

Allan CoxAllan Cox, New Zealand, Top 101

Roger WandlessRoger Wandless, New Zealand, Top 101

Michael NorrieMichael Norrie, New Zealand, Top 101

Christian FletcherChristian Fletcher, Australia, 2014 International Landscape Photographer of the Year

 Craig ParryCraig Parry, Australia, 2014 International Landscape Photograph of the Year

 Mark SeawellMark Seawell, Germany, The Lone Tree Award

 David AndersonDavid Anderson, Australia, The Jetty Award

 Marcos FurerMarcos Furer, Argentina, The Sunset Award

 Ted GrambeauTed Grambeau, Australia, The Fuzzy Water Award

 Bas MeelkerBas Meelker, Netherlands, The Hot Location Award (Iceland)

Check out all the full list of 101 winners, along with prize and judging details, at the International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition website.

Iris '14: Fusion, Illustrative, Landscape

Continuing D-Photo's online coverage of this year's Iris Professional Photography Awards, we are proud to present the winning images in the Fusion, Illustrative, and Landscape categories.

Fusion category: Ollie Dale

Auckland photographer Ollie Dale wins the Fusion category for the third year in a row. His unbroken streak since the award was introduced in 2012 has led some to suggest the category simply be renamed the Ollie Dale Award. Check out Ollie's winning video below.

Gold Distinction award

Illustrative category: Richard Wood

Hawke's Bay's Richard Wood took out the top award at this year's Iris competition thanks to his category-topping Illustrative portfolio, assisted by a strong showing in the Portrait Creative category.

(C) Copyright Richard Wood - Illustrative Category - Gold ImageGold award

(C) Copyright Richard Wood - Illustrative Category - Gold ImageGold award

(C) Copyright Richard Wood - Illustrative Category - Silver Distinction ImageSilver Distinction award

Landscape category: Jackie Ranken

Queenstown's Jackie Ranken, an Iris Awards perennial, secures her second Landscape category win in a row with another beautiful series of richly detailed monochrome landscape studies.

(C) Copyright Jackie Ranken - Landscape Category - Gold Distinction ImageGold Distinction award

(C) Copyright Jackie Ranken - Landscape Category - Gold ImageGold award

(C) Copyright Jackie Ranken - Landscape Category - Silver Distinction ImageSilver Distinction award

You can follow all of D-Photo‘s coverage of both the Iris Awards and the Infocus photography conference here.

Upskill in geothermic paradise

mead (2)These days there are loads of photography workshops available to the ambitious enthusiast, but few are offered in quite such a sumptuous environment as the upcoming Rotorua photography workshop. The three-day workshop, taking place in early September, will enable hobbyist photographers to lift their craft in a wide range of areas amidst the unique backdrops of geothermal parks, lush native forests, and charming local markets.

Led by renowned local photographer and long-time D-Photo contributor, Mead Norton, the workshop will leave attendees confident in capturing a diverse range of genres, including landscapes, action and portraits. Other fundamentals covered include composition, picking your moment, natural lighting and digital processing.

“Rotorua provides a fantastic backdrop to learn how to work with your environment to get a dramatic and thought provoking image," says Norton.  "We have the mystique and intrigue of the geothermal activity, the tranquil lakes and moody forests."

As well as being treated to all the natural splendour the area has to offer, attendees will also be staying in luxury at the opulent Peppers on the Point resort, with three-course gourmet dinners, breakfasts and lunches included in the package.

The workshop takes place on September 5-7, and costs $1200 per person. You can browse the full details of the workshop here, and contact Norton on mead@meadnorton.com or 021 202 3042 for further enquiries.