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Naseby’s annual photography competition provides a wonderful opportunity for aspiring photographers to develop their style and challenge themselves, professional photographer Janyne Fletcher, of Ranfurly, says.

Ms Fletcher judged the Naseby Photography Awards for the second year last month, and said a good amount of entries were received in the open, intermediate and 8-and-under categories.

Now in its fifth year, the competition was started by community development group Naseby Vision to build up a collection of Naseby images and a social history of the small historic township.

The awards categories were Naseby Icons, Summer Fun and Naseby Sky strengthen the association of Naseby with the International Dark Sky accreditation it is seeking.

Ms Fletcher, a grand master of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography, had entered a lot of photography competitions herself and said a little thought and effort went a long way in taking an appealing image.

“It’s a great opportunity, especially for young people, to gather up all the images they’ve taken and also appreciate where they live or go on holiday.”

One of those young people is Auckland pupil Skye Nisbet (17), who is a regular visitor with her family to their crib in Naseby.

Skye only started photography in September 2019 but won an award in the competition that year and each year since.

This year she added a highly commended to her first prize in the Naseby Sky competition.

An exhibition of the winning photographs was planned at the Maniototo Early Settlers Museum from tomorrow (April 1).