Occasional Climber

Award winning mountain and travel images

Red divide     View near Pioneer Hut, towards the main divide, Southern Alps, NZ     Buy
Winner, alpine landscapes category and overall winner (John Harrison Memorial Trophy), National competition 2014
Winner, ViewBug - Spring Selection Award, April 2016
Young responsibility     Karakoram Highway, Pakistan     Buy
Winner, photo journalism category, National competition 2005
Reflected ants     Daltsampa Lake, Baltistan     Buy
Winner, alpine activity category, National competition 2004
Honours, alpine activity category, Wellington Section competition 2004
Top Gun     Hushe Village, Baltistan     Buy
Winner, photo journalism category, National competition 2004
Raw power     A section of Yosemite Falls, USA
Honours, alpine nature category, National competition 2017
Darran mountains     Climbing Mount McPherson, Fiordland     
Winner, Above the bush line with human element category, FMC competition 2017
Mirror magic     Lake Fergus from Windy Point, Fiordland     
Winner, Below the bush line no human element category, FMC competition 2017
Crossing point     Waingawa River, Tararuas     
Winner, Below the bush line with human element category, FMC competition 2017
Dawn on Fantham’s Peak     Mt Taranaki, NZ     Buy
Winner, alpine general category, Wellington Section competition 2014
Mt Taranaki     Viewed from Mt Tongariro, NZ     Buy
Winner, alpine general category, Wellington Section competition 2012
Sense of scale     View from Laurabina Yak, Langtang, Nepal     Buy
Winner, alpine general category and overall winner, Wellington Section competition 2005
Pondering     Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Nepal     Buy
Winner, photo journalism category, Wellington Section competition 2011
Cull?     Dead mountain goats on the summit of Leary Peak, Aspiring National Park, NZ     Buy
Winner, photo journalism category, Wellington Section competition 2013
Thermal     Khumbu, Nepal     Buy
Winner, alpine nature category, Wellington Section competition 2012
King Black     Gorak on Tserko Ri, Langtang, Nepal     Buy
Winner, alpine nature category, Wellington Section competition 2005
Trail ice     Near Cupola Hut, Nelson Lakes     Buy
Winner, alpine nature category, Wellington Section competition 2009
Bill-rock     Annapurna Circuit, Nepal     Buy
Winner, alpine humour category, Wellington Section competition 2004
Timeless     Maud Glacier, from Godley Hut
Honours, Mountain and Climbing Culture category, National competition 2015
Mount Armstrong     Summit view to Mount Brewster, Aspiring National Park, New Zealand     
Winner, ViewBug - From the top of the mountain Challenge, August 2016
Winner, ViewBug - I feel so free Challenge, August 2016
Winner, ViewBug peoples choice - Your favourite adventure Challenge, August 2016
Winner, ViewBug - Your best New Zealand photo Challenge, September 2016
Finalist, Viewbug - Adventure sports Contest, March 2017
Ancient art    A 77 year old mani stone carver in action, upper Pangboche, Khumbu, Nepal     
Winner, ViewBug people's choice - Handy work Challenge, September 2017
Passerby    A yak finds his way back to the fourth lake, above Gokyo, Khumbu, Nepal     
Winner, ViewBug - Animals and their habitats Challenge, August 2016
Fly    Himalayan Griffons, with Ama Dablam behind, Khumbu, Nepal     
Winner, ViewBug - Animals and a view Challenge, July 2016
Finalist, ViewBug - Layers and rule of thirds Contest, September 2016
Finalist, ViewBug - Creative critterscapes Contest, October 2016
Winner, ViewBug wall feature, November 2016
Winner, ViewBug - Member selection, December 2016
Khumbu dusk    The classic view of Mount Everest and Nuptse, from Kala Pattar, Khumbu, Nepal     
Winner, ViewBug - Himalaya Challenge, November 2016
Of the land     An elderly woman near Tingri, Tibet     
Winner, ViewBug peoples choice - Creative senior portraits Challenge, July 2016 
Tibetan beauty    A local woman poses in the Bakhor, outside the main entrance to the Jokhang, Lhasa, Tibet     
Winner, ViewBug - Models of colour Challenge, March 2017
Window on a different life    A small Sherpa boy ponders a picture of my Kiwi family, Dingboche (4,410m), Khumbu, Nepal     
Winner, ViewBug people's choice - Story or theme Challenge, October 2016
Winner, ViewBug peoples choice - Child portrait Challenge, May 2017
Devotion     Tibetan pilgrims, many in their "sunday best", gather at Tsurphu Gompa to witness the ordination of their young reincarnate
National Geographic Your Shot Daily Dozen, 28 September 2016
On a mission     Heading to Mount Cupola, in deep snow and deteriorating weather, Nelson Lakes National Park, New Zealand     
Winner, ViewBug peoples choice - Other sports Challenge, September 2016
Aoraki dusk     Aoraki Mount Cook, viewed at sunset from Mueller Hut, New Zealand     
Winner, ViewBug peoples choice - Natural landmarks Challenge, October 2016
Sense of scale    The north face of Tahurangi, Ruapehu's highest summit, New Zealand     
Winner, ViewBug - Natural thoughts Challenge, November 2016
Above the clouds     Dawn view on the saddle beneath Tiraha, west to Te Hekenga (1,695m - left), Mount Ruapehu (2,797m - centre) and Mangaweka (1,731m - right), Ruahines, New Zealand
National Geographic Your Shot Daily Dozen, 27 February 2017
Swan lake     Lake near Omarama, MacKenzie Country, New Zealand     
Winner, ViewBug - Mist on the lake Challenge, December 2016
Water walls     Bowen Falls, Milford Sound, New Zealand      
Winner, ViewBug - Mighty waterfalls Challenge, April 2017
Forest mist    One of many waterfalls on the Dardenelles Walkway, Blue Mountains, Australia     
Winner, ViewBug - Water in motion Challenge, December 2016
Twilight     Te Rewa Rewa Bridge and Mt Taranaki, New Plymouth, New Zealand     
Winner, ViewBug peoples choice - Tell me a story about your city Challenge, July 2016 
Winner, ViewBug peoples choice - Modern art Challenge, August 2016
Caged spirit     A snow leopard, Melbourne Zoo     
Winner, ViewBug Staff favorite, July 2017
You want some!     A mandrill, Melbourne Zoo
National Geographic Your Shot Daily Dozen, 15 September 2016
Penny for your thoughts     A contemplative Orangutan, Melbourne Zoo    
Winner, ViewBug - Fine art wildlife photography Challenge, October 2016
Repose     A statue of Buddha reclines in side a shrine, Bagan, Myanmar     
Winner, ViewBug - Images of the Buddha Challenge, October 2016
Morning ritual    People bathing at Fairlie Place Ghat, Hooghly River, Kolkata     
Winner, ViewBug - The colours of India Challenge, December 2016
Magnificence     Wazir Khan Mosque, Lahore     
Winner, ViewBug peoples choice - Fujifilm only Challenge, February 2017
Winner, ViewBug - Bikes of all sorts Challenge, February 2017
Sentry    Maori carving, Wellington, New Zealand     
Winner, ViewBug - Unusual monuments Challenge, February 2017
Anger management issues    Weta Workshops' rendition of the Pale Orc, from the Hobbit trilogy     
Finalist, ViewBug - Halloween Contest, December 2016
Into the light     The exit from a downtown subway station in Bethesda, Washington DC     
Winner, ViewBug peoples choice - Subway station architecture Challenge, June 2017

Aside from being a great way to learn about climbing and to meet climbers, joining the New Zealand Alpine Club also allows you to compete in the Club’s annual photographic competitions, both national and regional. This is a good way to get peer feedback about your mountain images. I enjoyed occasional success at these competitions, culminating in the national overall winner award in 2014. Since then I’ve become a judge at the Wellington Regional competition. As a source of creative stimulation and a way to get wider peer feedback on my own favourite images, I’ve also established Occasional Climber portfolio pages on National Geographic Your Shot and ViewBug. Above are my occasional winners across these three forums.

See a full list of my NZAC photo competition results         Photographer profile Climber Magazine Winter 14

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