McCamish takes photo finish

Oskar McCamish’s winning photo ‘Receding Tide’.

Oskar McCamish from Howick College has taken first place in the Lions of Howick 2022 Calendar competition.

This Howick Lions Club invited Year 9-13 students from Auckland east colleges to submit images for their 2022 Calendar which is now on sale.

The criteria was the photos had to be in the Auckland east area and portrayed either calendar-type scenes, landmark buildings or the local community environment.

A large number of entries were received and a panel of judges from Canon NZ chose 12 images – for each month of the year. The judges had no knowledge of the identity of the student or their school.

The judges’ commented that all images submitted were of a very high standard and mentioned that in many of the images, a great deal of thought had been taken to achieve high subject interest and composition.

They also commented that in some cases, the photographers had risen early in the morning to achieve the image effect they wanted.

Some of the colleges’ art teachers encouraged their students to get involved in this project and treated the competition as an assignment. The entries were all submitted just as Auckland went into lockdown so the planned exhibition in October of all their work had to be cancelled.

Because of the success of this student competition, the Howick Lions will make it an annual event with the help of the students’ colleges to promote their photography skills.

The 12 student images selected for The Lions of Howick 2022 Calendar:

First Place – Oskar McCamish from Howick College – Canon EOS 200D Mark II Camera (Sponsored by Canon NZ)
Second – Nakita de Kock from Botany College – Paradice Ice Skating and Monterey Howick Movie Passes
Third – Kate Chandulal-Dee from Edgewater College -Warehouse Stationery East Tamaki
Joseph Zhang – Macleans College,
Caitlin Vessey – Howick College,
Nathaniel Dalton-Wilson – Botany College,
Monique Preisig – Howick College,
Michael Willetts – Pakuranga College,
Renee Anderson – Howick College,
Jolynne Mostert – Howick College,
Sharon Sun – Pakuranga College.
Oskar McCamish – Howick College
Howick College winning student prize – Gift pack of assorted products from Barkers of Geraldine for the staff

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