New Zealand’s premier competition for Landscape projected images celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2016. “We aim to make it a special celebration and hope for a record number of entries,” says Salon Coordinator, Carole Green. “Every entrant who gains an Acceptance or above can expect to see a colour reproduction of one of their images in the catalogue.”
Named in honour of a Christchurch Photographic Society member who was one of the pioneers of The Photographic Society of NZ, the Laurie Thomas NZ Landscape Salon is exclusively for pictures of the New Zealand landscape. Entrants can submit up to four images. More than 500 images were entered in 2015, and 86 received an award.
Responsibility for selecting the successful entries rotates between the North Island and South Island. For the first time, the task goes to Rotorua in 2016. The Selection Panel will be chaired by outstanding Rotorua-based professional photographer, Tracey Robinson.
Tracey is a Fellow of both The Photographic Society of New Zealand (FPSNZ) and the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (FNZIPP). She is a member of The Photographic Society of New Zealand’s Honours Board. She has a Fine Arts degree and has twice been NZIPP Waikato/Bay of Plenty Regional Photographer of the Year.
Other members of the Panel will be Paul Byrne and Craig Robinson. Craig, like Tracey, is an NZIPP Fellow who works professionally in Rotorua. He is an NZIPP Accredited Master Photographer for whom landscape photography is a personal passion. In his spare time he can be found exploring far-flung corners of New Zealand in his camper van .“I have a special love of interpretative images that reflect my feeling of time and place,” he says.
The third member of the Panel, Paul Byrne, came to New Zealand from the UK in 2004, ten years after earning his Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS). He is currently President of the Tauranga Photographic Society. He says he keeps sharp by entering National and International Salons.
The 2016 Laurie Thomas NZ Landscape Salon will open in 1st March 2016 and close 27th May 2016. Entry will be via the Christchurch Photographic Society website (www.cpsnz.com). The Salon will be shown in Christchurch on Wednesday 13th July 2016 at Christchurch Photographic Society.