Overall winner "Quad bike fishermen at Lake Ferry" Rebecca Kempton

"This is a stunning image that summarises evenings/summer at the lake, with the skyline making it distinctly Wairarapa. Thousands of people visit lake ferry every year and this image reflects this with a warm, peaceful tranquility. Beautiful composition - and the treatment gives an added art quality, reminiscent of etching. This is unique, creative and emotive".

Rebecca is the lucky winner of: Two nights for two in a lakeside cottage at Peppers Parehua with buffet breakfasts for two adults and a 1 hour relaxation massage at Spa Boutique

PLUS: A voucher for two to The Country Cooking School at Te Puhi (value $400)

PLUS: A bottle of Brodie Estate Columbine bubbles

PLUS: A $50 voucher at Micro Wine Bar

PLUS: 2 x 1 hour personal training sessions

This image is also winner of Best sunrise/sunset category winning:
A magnum of Animus Pinot Noir from Cambridge Road

1st runner up "Children on Vineyard Posts" Valerie Worsdale

"At first glance these almost look like totem poles, and a studied glance intrigues when it becomes clear it's children having fun. It's captivating, full of expression - evokes emotion, happiness, true spirit of summer time in Martinborough. You can't help but smile when viewing this image with it's lovely humour. Tells a great Wairarapa regional story in a contemporary way".

Valerie wins: A night for two in one of the beautiful studios at Brackenridge Country Estate, with self catering continental breakfast & free range eggs.

PLUS: A $50 voucher from Mint at Martinborough

PLUS: a wine tasting for two at Colombo Winegrowers with a bottle of Colombo Sauvignon Blanc

This image is also winner of Best childrens image category winning: Lunch for two at Tirohana Estate

2nd runner up"Beach Baaaabes" Amanda Goodman

"A beautiful soft palette, lovely tones, great composition, sums up coastal/rural Wairarapa well. Love the fact the sheep are looking in the direction of the camera which adds character. The title adds a gentle humour and helps with the storytelling".

Amanda wins: A 5 course degustation lunch for two at Wharekauhau Country Estate

PLUS: A $50 voucher at Scarlet Martinborough

PLUS: 2 x 1 hour personal training sessions

This image also won best animal shot, winning: Lunch for two at Pinocchio Martinborough to the value of $80 PLUS $40 C'est Cheese voucher

Winner, peoples choice "The junior shepherds take a break" Becs Madden

Winner of peoples choice, this popular image gained the most votes online

Becs wins: A $200 voucher from Jayah with Soul Greytown

2nd place is "Sunset at Ngawi" Evan Davies
winning a bottle of Alexander vineyard Pinot Noir

3rd place is "Woolshed shadows" Wim Materman
winning a mixed pack of beer from Martinborough Brewery

Most Vibrant "Crowd at UB40" Sarah Alexander

"A well composed image with great colour capturing the mood and feel of the event. In focus, great light, tells a story. Makes us want to be there!"

Sarah wins: A full days bike hire for four from Green Jersey Cycle tours PLUS a $50 voucher at The Village Cafe

2nd is "Light on the falls" Rebecca Kempton, winning A Drunken Nanny gift pack

3rd is "Blooms at Burnside" Rebecca Kempton, winning A $50 online voucher from Thunderpants

Under 13 "Smiley Dog" Sage Kellehan

"Well captured with a comical, fun feel. The tight crop helps add to the humour of the image".

Sage wins: A $50 voucher from the P&K General Store PLUS a $10 It's Quite Cool voucher

2nd place: "Talking Sheep" Emily Goodman, winning A $25 voucher from The Lolly Jar Greytown

3rd place: "Summer Play" Emily Goodman winning A $20 voucher from Neighbourhood Coffee house

Best picnic spot "Morisons Bush" Rebecca Kempton

"Picnics in the Wairarapa region are a perfect summer time activity and this image sums up the region nicely, along with the relaxed way of life. The dog in the foreground works well to centre the image - well seen".

Rebecca wins: A picnic basket from Martinborough Wine Merchants valued at $200

PLUS a bottle of Escarpment Chardonnay

Judges Comment:

"Overall we felt the standard was very high with a wide and diverse range of stunning images that sum up our beautiful region in summer. Great to see humour, individuality and quirkiness in a number of images also, and well-considered treatments like b'w and toning, to help add mood and atmosphere". - Esther Bunning & Emma Mehlhopt (2017 Summer pix judging panel)

Huge thanks to everyone who entered this amazing competition, also to Peppers Parehua, Wairarapa Building Society & all businesses who have donated amazing prizes.

This is your story of summertime in our beautiful region, the people we are, the places we go, the things we do.


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