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.

Getting to Infocus gets easier

InfocusOne of the biggest photographic events of the year is just around the corner, and if paying up front to attend the Infocus conference has been holding you back, take heart; instalment payments are now available. The New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography's annual Infocus event is a three-day conference of talks, workshops, industry exhibitions, and networking and socialising with some of the best photographers in the country, this year held in Rotorua from August 3-5. To help make the event more accessible the organisation is now offering the option of paying for your ticket in three instalments.

Full conference registration for organisation members, students, and assistants is $545, or $745 for non-members. That cost can now be split across three payments, one third on registration, one third by August 21, and the final third following the conference on September 21.

You can also purchase individual day passes to the event at a rate of $295 for members, $395 for non-members.

Below are the key events scheduled for each day of the conference:

Sunday August 03:

British landscape photographer Michael Kenna speaks on 'Working in the Arts'

Photographer Kaye Davis conducts a live interview with Kenna

Commercial photographer Sara Orme presents 'Traversing different genres in 20 years'

Communication expert Amy Scott delivers an intriguingly titled talk 'Taste of dots'

Wedding and portrait photographer Rachel Callander presents 'The Journey of a Dream and finding beauty in brokenness'

Monday August 04:

Australian photographer Dan O'Day talks on 'Wedding photography and personal projects'

A morning of workshops including:

Hassle-free posing to enhance your portraits and bank accounts, with Joe Sing

Lighting on the run, with Richard Wood

If you shoot people for a living... choose your selling weapons carefuly, with Lester de Vere

Print-making process from original to print, with Jackie Ranken

Australian photographer Peter Eastway speaking on 'Business planning'

Live photography shoot-out between Esther Bunning, Richard Wood, and Kylie Lyons

Tuesday August 05:

Dan O'Day holds a masterclass session on 'Philosophies of Dan O'Day'

Peter Eastway hosts a masterclass on 'The finances of landscape photography'


For more information on the event be sure to visit the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography website.