Gore’s Glenda Rees has come a long way since buying her first camera nine years ago.
“I knew the bird life in Africa was stunning, and that piqued my interest in photographing them,” Ms Rees said.
Having no formal training Ms Rees attributes a lot of trial and error, mostly persistence, to her now award-winning photographs.
“You just have to keep going back again and again, it really is about persistence at the end of the day,” she said.
Ms Rees entered some of her images in the nature category at the 2019 national exhibition by the Photographic Society of New Zealand.
Male Rifleman with a moth was awarded the William C Davies Memorial Trophy and PSNZ Gold Medal for the Best New Zealand Wildlife Print.
The image was taken in the Tasman Valley, when Ms Rees and a friend went to photograph falcons.
“It was too hot so we found a shady spot near a creek.
“Little did we know it was a spot where these rifleman [birds] were feeding on insects.”
Five hours later, Ms Rees had captured her gold medal image as well as silver and bronze medal images.
“The rifleman is my favourite bird, and so it’s wonderful to have had such success with these images this year,” she said.
Ms Rees was also awarded another PSNZ Silver Medal and a PSNZ Honours Ribbon for images in the Nature Projected Images category.
She said these images all took a lot of patience and dedication to capture, but she was pleased to see her hard work had paid off.
The Ron Willems Medallion for the Most Successful Photographer in the Print and Projected Image categories was awarded for the first time this year. Ms Rees received both, after receiving a significant number of acceptances and awards in both categories.