Image credit: Jill Wong, Watching You, Falcon Portrait – Public Vote Winner & Supreme Winner.
Winners photograph New Zealand’s fastest bird After a summer of photographing our three New Zealand falcons,the winning images in the Capture the Raptor photo competition have been announced.
The judges selected four finalists in each of three categories (falcon portrait, falcon action and falcon/human interaction) and these were then opened to the public for voting.
The public chose the top photograph in each category following more than 860 votes entered via Facebook and at both Rotorua Museum and Wingspan. The judges also selected their favourite three images and awarded a Supreme Award to the best overall photograph.
Wingspan Director, Debbie Stewart, said “I wanted to give a prize to all the entries as this whole project has been so rewarding. However we think the top six photographs chosen capture the beauty of the birds, great photographic skills and the uniqueness of this community project.”
The Supreme Award winner, and winner of the public vote for the Falcon Portrait category, was Jill Wong. Rotorua Museum Deputy Director, Pamela Lovis, said “Watching You is an exceptional photograph which shows Hatupatu resting between flights.” The Supreme Award winner receives a lifetime membership of Wingspan, family passes to Wingspan and Rotorua Museum, and a $100 voucher for the Museum Shop.
Capture the Raptor category winners were:
Category: Falcon Portrait
Public Vote and Supreme Award winner: Watching You, Jill Wong
Judges Choice: Feeding Time, Gary Jenkins
Category: Falcon Action
Public Vote: Can’t Catch Me, Gary Jenkins
Judges Choice: Tama launching ‘batman-like’ from a lamp post, David Gatley
Category: Falcon/Human Interaction
Public Vote: They are Fast, Chris Parkin
Judges Choice: Falcon on my Fridge!, Aroha Wade
All category winners will receive prizes from Rotorua Museum and Wingspan. The six winning images will be on display at the Museum Café from Friday 18 April until 22 July 2014.