Everyday work gains six medals for photographer

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A Timaru photographer has been recognised with national awards.
Vivienne Laursen received six bronze medals atthe New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography awards inWellington inJune.
Mrs Laursen said it was the second time she had entered the awards after winning two at last year’s event.
‘‘I thought I’d give it another go this year with a few more images, all taken from real client shoots during the year.
‘‘Lots of images these days get made just for the awards so having your everyday work rewarded is great for clients,’’ she said.
The competition had new criteria this year for some of the categories, she said.
‘‘Basically, no photoshopping is allowed, so that means your images have to be taken in camera beautifully.
‘‘I come from the days of film and working in a physical darkroom where your images had to be spot on in camera so I think it’s a good challenge to have, especially for the younger photographers among us.
‘‘I think portraiture, in many respects, has become a bit of a lost art. In the old days, it was traditional to get your portrait taken by a professional photographer, whereas now everyone has a camera on their phone where they take lots of selfies and that’s that.’’
Mrs Laursen was born and raised in Timaru, attending Timaru Girls’ High School, where she excelled in photography. She left at the end of seventh form (year 13) to train to be a professional photographer and served with the RNZAF as a photographer for seven years before setting up her own business.