Overall winner Nathan Forrester
Image: DOC

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An image capturing the intensity of landing a stunning winter rainbow trout from the Tongariro River, is the overall winner of this year’s DOC Taupō fishery photo competition.

Date:  08 June 2022

The winning image by Nathan Forrester will feature on the 2022/23 printed plastic licences for the Taupō fishery.

Six additional winners will see their photos used to illustrate a range of licence options which feature in the ‘online fishing licence store’ or on 24-hour paper licences.

Competition judges had a tough job working through hundreds of entries. Taupō Fishery Senior Community Ranger James Barnett has a background in design and communications and said he was impressed by the quality of the images.

“We would like to thank everyone who submitted photos, the quality this year was very high and gave the judges plenty to discuss.

“Once again, the photographs reminded us of the variety of people who visit the Taupō fishery and the different methods they use and different reasons they have for going fishing. This diversity of approach really sums up the fishery and we hope it is reflected in the winning photographs,” James added.

The prizes were Season fishing licences, which sets the winners up nicely for the new Taupō fishing season which begins 1 July 2022. The public can buy their new season licences from 24 June using the online licence store.

A variety of licence categories are available to suit the specific needs of anglers. Go to the Taupō fishery online licence store for more information.


James Barnett, Senior Community Ranger, DOC Taupō Fishery Management Team

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