I entered this photo in the 2019 Trustpower Photographic Competition. There were 3698 entries and I was absolutely amazed and thrilled to have it judged to be in the Top 20 entries. This is the second time I have entered this competition and the second time I have made the Top 20. The theme was ‘Finding Beauty’.
I took this photo on Mount Maunganui Beach in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. Thanks to an ex-tropical cyclone passing to the north of New Zealand, there were huge seas and a gale lashing the beach.
This year though I was awarded 2nd prize, which included a substantial monetary prize, plus several weeks of my photo on public display with the other 19 superb finalists, on The Strand in Tauranga, and a feature in lifestyle magazine UNO and The Weekend Sun
The photo below was selected in the Top 20 from 2600 entries in the same competition in 2018. It was taken at a mid-winter (yes winter) swim at Papamoa Beach, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.