#mywaterwaynz photo competition finalists announced

17 March 2016

Today we are very pleased to announce the five finalists in Million Metres’ #mywaterwaynz photo competition! Help Million Metres award the top prizes by liking your favourite finalist in their Facebook album by 10pm Monday 21 March.

#mywaterwaynz brings together New Zealanders and travellers to celebrate our beautiful rivers and lakes and to share our love of our special waterways more widely. In doing so Million Metres aims to raise awareness about the issues facing many of our waterways and inspire action to clean them up.

The five finalists were selected from over 100 entries to the competition. A huge thank-you must go out to all those who entered. The entries were of an incredible calibre, full of life, fun, joy and celebration of nature, New Zealand’s waterways, and the enjoyment of people in those landscapes. Rivers, lakes and waterfalls from around the country were represented in the entries – from Fairy Falls in the Waitakere ranges, Auckland to the Tairua River, Coromandel to Lake Wanaka in Southland. The most entered waterway was the Blue Springs at Te Waihou, South Waikato. The

The finalists were selected by photographers Alicja Grocz and Matt Crawford, a couple whose love of water is clear in their striking and distinctive portfolios. Alicjz, Matt and the Million Metres team developed broad criteria for selection of the finalists. This included the need to be able to represent Million Metres in a variety of campaigns from calls to action for our waterways to promotional materials. Finalists were also selected to represent a range of waterway types, have excellent photographic make-up (composition, lighting, action, and a story), and also evoke some kind of x-factor – defined as something unusual, particularly emotive, or distinctive about them.

The five photographs to be selected as finalists are Ben Sarten’s moody shot of a climber on the face of a waterfall in Arthur’s Pass; Brent Purcell’s epic view of the Tasman Glacier and ice melt; ‘ejscreative’s’ adventure shot of rafters on the Dart River; ‘jsmartnz’s’ emotive take on the Wishbone Falls, Mt Aspiring; and ‘kiwikathy’s’ stunning landscape shot of Lake Heron. Bright colour, epic beauty, human story and action, and of photographic excellence have been focussed on by the judges.

The finalists are now in the running to win the two top prizes of the competition – the finalist with the most likes will win a new GoPro valued at $500, and the finalist with the second most likes will win a week’s Jucy camper hire. The two prize winners will be announced this coming Tuesday 22 March as part of World Water Day 2016.

All entries to the competition will be published in a Facebook album, and keep a look for #mywaterwaynz again this time next year.

Million Metres is made possible by generous support from the Department of Conservation.

#mywaterwaynz is proudly sponsored by Wilderness, Jucy, All Good Organics, and ecostore.

Online voting for the five finalists open today to midnight Monday 21 March. Like your favourite finalist on the Million Metres Facebook page.