People's Choice winner . . . "The Flood" at the Rangiora Photographic Society's Magic of LIght Exhibition at the Brick Mill Cafe and Gallery. Photo: Graham Dean


The people chose “The Flood” as their favourite photo at the Rangiora Photographic Society’s “Magic of Light” exhibition at Waikuku earlier this month.

Graham Dean’s striking colour photo of fields in flood near Lake Ellesmere is a stunning example of how magical light can create beautiful art.

The Merivale geo-technical engineer joined the Rangiora Photographic Society because of the “high quality of work” members do and their reputation for being a friendly, social bunch.

In the face of such tough opposition he was surprised but excited to learn his photo had won the exhibition award.

“I feel very privileged to be part of the group,” he said.

“It is fantastic, extremely rewarding.”

Lake Ellesmere is one of his favourite places to take photographs. “The Flood” was taken 2 and a half years ago after a heavy storm.

It was quite a rare occurrence for those fields to flood, which added to the unique character of the photo, he said. The people’s runner-up at the exhibition was Hilary Lakeman’s lovely colour image “In The Nevis Valley”.

The photo was taken from an isolated piece of road on Anzac Day last year during a trip to Cromwell with her partner, Eric Pollock, to visit friends, Richie and Elaine Bryant, in Central

Hilary was born in Christchurch but has lived in North Canterbury since 1976 and has been a member of the Rangiora Photographic Society for about 10 years. The members were
always very encouraging and there were regular competitions to learn
from, she said.

Last year she won the D-Photo magazine “Amateur Photographer of the Year” award.

“Splash Action”, a captivating colour photo taken by Sarah Perrins was the
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