Iris '14: Portrait Classic and Creative, Student

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

Portrait Classic category: Catherine Cattanach

As well as picking up the Highest Scoring Entry award for her extraordinary Gold Distinction-winning portrait, Wellington's Catherine Cattanach also took the top nod in classic portraits with this elegantly emotive showing.

Portrait ClassicGold Distinction award

Portrait Classic Silver Distinction award


Portrait Classic Silver Distinction award


Portrait Creative category: Holly Spring

Auckland photographer Holly Spring had a huge result at this year's competition; not only did she win the top spot for creative portraits, but she earned both her Associate and Master distinction with the NZIPP in one fell swoop.

(C) Copyright Holly Spring - Portrait Creative Category - Gold Image Gold award


Portrait - Creative Silver Distinction award


Portrait - Creative Silver Distinction award


Student category: Amy Fowler

UCOL student Amy Fowler topped the category reserved for both students or assistants for the second time in as many years, leaving her fellow students wishing she would hurry up and graduate and give someone else a chance.

(C) Copyright Amy Fowler- Student Category - Gold Image Gold award


(C) Copyright Amy Fowler - Student Category - Gold ImageGold 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 or 021 202 3042 for further enquiries.