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Stunning photos of the Southland coast and marine life are on display as part of the DOC Sea Week Fish for the Future marine photo competition held in early March.

Date:  03 May 2010

Stunning photos of the Southland coast and marine life will be on display in the foyer of the CUE on Don building, 33 Don Street from Wednesday 5th May.

The display is part of the Department of Conservation (DOC) Sea Week Fish for the Future marine photo competition, which was held during Sea Week in early March.

The entries have previously been exhibited in Te Anau and on Stewart Island and this is the last opportunity for the public to view the forty-four entries and to vote for their favourite photo. 

The three categories – Coastlines, Fishing and People, and Marine Life were judged by local Te Anau photographer Graham Dainty, CEO of Real Journeys Dave Hawkey, and DOC Te Anau Biodiversity Ranger Richard Kinsey. 

DOC Biodiversity Marine Ranger Kath Blakemore said the competition was aimed at getting people out and about in the coastal and marine environment to capture on camera the special landscapes and wildlife that we have in Southland.

“The judges were highly impressed with the quality of the photographs and felt that they really depicted how lucky we are to live surrounded by the sea and how important it is to our lives”, Ms Blakemore said.

Winners received prizes generously donated by Real Journeys, Stewart Island Experience, Ulva’s Guided Walks and Southern Discoveries. The winner of the public vote will receive a copy of the Southland Underwater DVD and the book ‘A guide to New Zealand’s Marine Reserves.’

The exhibition and public voting closes at 4.30pm on Friday 14th May. The winner of the public vote will be notified personally after this date.

Competition category winners:

Fishing and people: Al Check, Stewart Island
Coastlines: Al Check, Stewart Island
Marine life: P. Lloyd Blakie, Riverton
Junior: Lee Richardson, Invercargill

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