Passionate photographer snaps award

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An Oamaru photographer has won an award at a recent national photography competition.

Rachel Wybrow received the gold award at the 2013 New Zealand Kodak Professional Gold Awards last month.

While she said she was almost too nervous to enter she was really pleased she did.

“I just like putting myself out of my comfort zone.”

She first heard she had won whilst driving back from Dunedin and was so excited she rang her husband and parents straight away.

“I started to cry,” she said.

“It makes me feel like I can push myself a bit further.”

The award winner said she had been interested in photography since school but her career “snowballed” when she was asked to do a wedding about three years ago.

“It took me forever to say yes because I was so nervous.”

She entered three photos in the competition and had not found out which photo won the gold award yet.

This year the awards by Independent Photographic Supplies (IPS) on behalf of Kodak – IPS is the main distributor for Kodak in New Zealand.

IPS national sales manager Brian Kearney said the competition worked well, but would have been better if they had not had it so close to Christmas.

“We missed out on what would have been the natural time to do it.”

They did a few different things this year which worked really well, he said.

They had the 10 best pictures and a bronze section for the first time – bronze winners were not given certificates but it meant people who were well above average but just missed out on silver could know how close they were, Mr Kearney said.

IPS became Kodak’s main distributor in New Zealand at the end of 2012.

By RUBY HARFIELD