Wild Rivers Photo Competition: Winners Announced

07 Apr 2010

A holidaying student from Germany, Thomas Mannl, is the overall winner of Forest & Bird’s Wild Rivers: Captured photo competition, with his photograph of the Waimakariri River.

The competition attracted 140 stunning entries in two categories: with people and without people. Top wilderness photographer – and Forest & Bird Deputy President – Craig Potton was the judge.

The winning photo is dedicated to the memory of Robert Mannl, Thomas's brother, who died suddenly while Thomas was holidaying in New Zealand.

Mannl won a Leica D-Lux 4 camera (worth $1700) from Camera & Camera. Brendon Doran won a rugged Outdoor jacket ($700) from Bivouac for his winning photograph of Tutea Falls, on the Kaituna River. Jude Murdoch and Steve Butel both won copies of New Zealand’s Wilderness Heritage ($100) by Craig Potton and Les Molloy for their runner-up photographs in each category.

The photo competition aimed to get people out and enjoying a wild river over summer. Demand for hydro-electricity and irrigation dams is threatening our few remaining wild rivers, and Forest & Bird has joined other conservation and recreation groups to protect them from development.

More of the photograph entries will be selected for other wild river events and promotions this year. All photographers will be contacted.

For a slideshow of the winner's entries see here.