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Published: 2013-08-19 00:00:00

Two “kissing” kereru feature in the top award-winning photo in the Hamilton Halo photo competition, timed to coincide with Biosecurity Month in July.

Photo by Ross Weinberg
Above: The winning Ross Weinberg photo.
Photo by Lloyd Curl
Above: The People's Choice winner, by Lloyd Curl.

The shot by Ross Weinberg of Cambridge was taken in Cambridge. He wins a one year family pass to Hamilton zoo and an A3-sized print of his winning shot on canvas. 

The winner of the People’s Choice award was Lloyd Curl of Karapiro, who took his beautiful shot of a tui in Cambridge as well. Lloyd wins a copy of Raglan wildlife photographer Trevor Penfold’s Visions of Nature – New Zealand’s Wild in the West. 

The best photo overall award judging was carried out by professional photographers Bruce Mercer from the Waikato Times and Neil Fitzgerald from Landcare Research, as well as Waikato Regional Council graphic designer Fiona Cubie and artist Lyndon Stokes. 

The People’s Choice award was voted for through Hamilton Halo’s Facebook page, with Lloyd Curl’s shot attracting 37 ‘likes’. 

“The quality of entries was very high,” Fiona Cubie said. 

“Ultimately we chose Ross Weinberg’s kereru shot because of its clever composition and the way it captured the two birds interacting.” 

Hamilton Halo is a pest control project aimed at supporting tui and other native birds. More information is available at www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/hamiltonhalo or www.facebook.com/hamiltonhalo.