by Al Williams
Three South Canterbury photographers have been recognised for images captured to highlight the value of waterways in the region.
The works of Tim Rimmer, Jeanette Newton and Michael Bajko Geraldine Historical Museum and Orari-Temuka-Opihi-Pareora Healthy Catchments Project meetings this month in a combined effort to draw attention to how the community uses and values water.
The competition was devised by Environment Canterbury community engagement co-ordinator Rhys Taylor and the Waihi Catchment Group, with help from South Canterbury photographer Geoff Cloake.
Mr Taylor said it was about “drawing attention to local waterways and how we use and value them .. This poster display features valued places in South Canterbury river catchments.”
The display was timed to accompany the project’s public meetings in November, February and March, including one to be held in Geraldine on Monday from 7pm at the Waihi Lodge, Mr Taylor said.
Project information and details of other meetings can be viewed at www.ecan.govt.nz/healthycatchments.
Changing rivers – A documentary set of up to four photos. Won by Tim Rimmer with a set featuring the Waihi River where it runs dry on the surface – the flow continues underground – near the town in a dry summer.
A place for wildlife – Birds, plants, fish and insects. Won by Jeanette Newton for her shags picture.
Beauty and delight in water – Light on water will sparkle, offer reflections, show patterns from filtered sunshine and shadows, the banks offer autumn tints of colour. Won by Michael Bajko for his picture of the Wainono Lagoon, near Waimate, looking beautiful despite its recent poor water quality.