Our top photographers - water inspires us

1 Jun 2016 by The Million Metres team Auckland Council Northland

The two winners of our #mywaterwaynz photo competition tell us what clean water means to them.

Million Metres’ ran a photo competition in February and March 2016. 260 entries came in from all over New Zealand. Entrants posted a photo of an NZ waterway to either Instagram or Facebook and included the #mywaterwaynz hashtag.

James Martin’s stunning image of Wishbone Falls in Mount Aspiring National Park was the overall winner. His prize was a new GoPro camera, sponsored by Wilderness Motorhomes..

“The photo was taken at Wishbone falls,” says James. “It’s my favourite waterfall in NZ. There is a pool below it that we usually swim in that's absolutely freezing. I had been there many times, but never viewed it from that angle.

“We don't realise how lucky we are in New Zealand to have such amazing scenery that people come from all over the world to see. Many of the countries I've been to have been ruined, or simply never had great waterways.”

Emily Sillett’s breath-taking shot of a kayaking trip on Dart River came in second and won her seven days’ Jucy camper hire.

“It was a beautiful day in an absolutely stunning location. I just couldn’t believe how bright the blue of the water was! The shot will forever remind me of a fantastic trip with great friends in an incredible country.”

Thanks to our fantastic judges Alicja Grocz and Matt Crawford, and to everyone who took part. And thanks to SBN members All Good Organics and ecostore who sponsored the competition with great prize packs for five lucky spot prize winners.

Check out our awesome map of the photos and their locations.