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Graham Hughes - Photographer of the Year


Matamata based motorsport photographer Graham Hughes has taken out the Supreme Award in the inauguralPOTY mackaymelhop.jpg KartSport Photographer of the Year competition. Graham's shot of an incident at a round of the 2016 ProKart Series also won Best Action Shot category.

Wellington based university student Emilee Wright won the Best Story Portfolio and Best Action Shot by a Photographer Under 20 Years categories.

Big thanks to the three member judging panel; Jeff McEwan, Capture Studios, Wellington, Mark Stevens, Fairfax Media's Group Digital and Visual Editor and Brent Melhop, amateur photgrapher.

The Awards were presented at the annual KartSport New Zealand Awards evening held in Auckland on Saturday 27th August.

Caption: Ross MacKay (right) accepting the Award, on behalf of Graham, from Brent Melhop.

Best Action Shot

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Jeff McEwan : Capturing a moment in time & being at the right place at the right time is something that Graham Hughes has mastered. He has the skill to take the viewer to the track & even throw some tyre rubber at you. Graham uses the depth of field & a close crop to fill the frame, making the action jump out. You can tell he hones his skills by hours at the track & works his angles plus track knowledge to achieve amazing imagery. Overall a very skilled & talented photographer.

Mark Stevens : No one else has managed to so dramatically capture the action of karting. Every one of Graham's pix could hold up the back page of a newspaper; his work is consistently top class sport photography.

Best Action Shot (Under 20 years)

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Jeff McEwan : Rain can be a scary prospect for a photographer. But Emilee has used a challenging situation to work in her favour. A fast shutter speed “freezes” the rain drops adding to the drama & atmosphere of Karting in the rain. The composition of the frame working well to focus on the action foremost but not forgetting to keep scale with a crowd & important branding in the background.

Mark Stevens : Kart #42 stands out so clearly amid the downpour. But, from there, your eyes move out to the pursuing drivers and, then, beyond them to the fans in the stand. Emilee has done a lovely job in tough conditions.

Best Story Portfolio

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Jeff McEwan : The best photograph is one that tells a story, evokes an emotion, or conveys an idea, with that Emilee’s four images from the track was a great way to experiment with telling the coverage of the day. Expanding her creativity and stepping outside the box of straight racing imagery. Looking at what happens before & after the race adding to the story. The look of determination in the driver’s eyes before a race or the celebration embrace after, help bring the viewer up to speed that the layers of a portfolio are all important.

Mark Stevens : Action. Concentration. Dismay. Camaraderie.This portfolio is truly the complete package. Emilee has a very bright future ahead of her.


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