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NZAC Photographic Competition 2018 Winners

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We had many high quality images entered in to the 2018 NZAC Photographic Competition. The judges had a tough time deciding on the winners from the 362 photos entered but we are pleased to announce the final results. Congratulations to Adam Gearing the 2018 Overall Champion winner for his photo Dusk.

The next issue of The Climber magazine will feature the images in all their glory accompanied by the judges’ comments. We will also be publishing the 2019 NZAC Calendar which will feature images entered from the competition and this will be available for purchase on the NZAC online shop soon. Keep an eye out in the NZAC monthly e-newsletter for the update of when the calendar will be available for purchase.

The Egmont-Tasman Trophy is awarded to the Australia section this year as they are the section with the most winner points. Close behind was the Canterbury Westland and Wellington Sections.

Thanks to all who entered, we have many talented photographers in our midst, and thanks to our wonderful judges Simon Waterhouse, Lee Howell and Dennis Radermacher. And thanks to the sponsors Therm-a-Rest, MSR, Alpine Recreation, Flock Hill Station, Peak Design, Scarpa, Potton and Burton and GU for providing some fantastic prizes!


Overall Champion // Rock Climbing Champion

Dusk – Smoke from back-burning backdrops this outrageous sport route.
Photographer: Adam Gearing 
Location: the Grampians / The Man Who Sold the World
Trophy: John Harrison Memorial Trophy
Prize: Scarpa Maestrale Ski-Touring Boots


Youth Champion

Remarkables Backcountry- Nick Eyre skiing above the Remarkables Ski Fields after touring Wye Creek.
Photographer: Ben Sandford
Location: Remarkables Ski Field, Queenstown
Award: Gottlieb Braun Elwert Youth Award
Prize: $1000 scholarship for an Alpine Recreation climbing course or this value can be credited towards any other Alpine Recreation activity.


Alpine Nature Champion

Jumbled Berg – Travelling between peaks on the east coast of Greenland
Photographer: Toby Gee
Location: East Greenland/Kulusuk
Trophy: Erica Beuzenberg Memorial Award
Prize: Peak Design Everyday Pack


Alpine Activity Champion

Glacier Travel – Peter Allison and Paul Rogers navigating through crevassed country on the Agassiz Glacier
Photographer: Tom Hoyle
Location: Agassiz Glacier, above Franz Josef Glacier
Trophy: Guide Alack Challenge Cup
Prize: Therm-a-Rest Parsec Sleeping Bag


Alpine Landscape Champion

Mount Taranaki viewed across Pouakai Tarn
Photographer: Peter Laurenson

Location: Pouakai Tarn
Prize: MSR WindBurner Group System Stove


Mountain and Climbing Culture Champion

Seeking refuge from the cold – Tom Gilbert enjoying a lay down after a day up on Aspiring.
Photographer: Ben Sanford
Location: Bonar Glacier, Mt Aspiring National Park
Prize: A voucher for two nights accommodation for two to stay in the Flock Hill Station cottage accommodation.



The following Honours winners will receive either a copy of the  So Far So Good – A three-month traverse of the Southern Alps or a range of GU products.


Alpine Activity Honours

Alpine Nature Honours

Mountain and Climbing Culture Honours

Youth Honours

Rock Climbing Honours

Alpine Landscape Honours


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