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First place

Hungry birds . . . Janet Meyer’s winning photograph of fledglings in the nest, eagerly reaching for their next meal. PHOTO: JANET MEYER

Second place

Happy camper . . . Nichola Rosanowski snapped this lovely shot of her 22-month-old grandson Jack watering the herbs at the family camping spot at Lake Aviemore.

Third placeSea view . . . Zoe Earnshaw sent in this beautifully-composed scenic shot of the beach at Patiti Point. PHOTO: ZOE EARNSHAW

by Claire Allison

Waimate woman Janet Meyer was a clear winner in the eyes of judges Brian High, Simon Schollum and Courier chief reporter Claire Allison, with her photograph of hungry fledglings in their nest in a lemon tree.

Mrs Meyer didn’t enter her photograph in the competition – her sister Victoria did – so she is thinking she might have to take her husband and sister along for dinner to use the $100 Speight’s Alehouse voucher she has won.

Mrs Meyer said it was an impromptu photograph, taken on her iPhone.

“I was cleaning a house on the farm, and saw a bird fly out of the lemon tree, so I thought, she might have a nest, so I just put my phone in, and they must have thought it was food.”

She thought her sister, a nature lover, would be interested, so texted the photograph to her and did not think any more of it, until Victoria told her she had entered it in the competition.

“I’m so not a photographer! I just put my hand in and took the picture. But it’s really nice to be acknowledged.”

The timing was perfect; Mrs Meyer said when she checked the nest a week later, the birds had flown.

Second place was awarded to Nichola Rosanowski, who captured a joyful shot of her 22-month-old grandson watering the herb garden at the family’s camping spot, and third place went to Zoe Earnshaw, for her stunning scenic shot at Patiti Point.

The Courier received more than 50 entries in this year’s competition. Our thanks to all those who entered, to Speight’s Alehouse for the $100 voucher, and to our judges, lensmen Brian High and Simon Schollum.


Some of the other entries are shown below: