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“Catchlights” Whitianga Photographic Club’s challenge for May

“Catchlights” were the Whitianga Photographic Club’s themed challenge for May.

“Catchlights are the reflection of light in a subject’s eyes from an external light source,” says Kate Beauchamp, one of the club administrators. “This highlight adds depth and dimension to the eyes.”

First place was won by Tina Macrae with her pet portrait of Tui (pictured left). “The catchlights in the eyes are great and the eyes are nicely focused,” says Kate.

Kate finished second and Anita Ruggle-Lussy third.

The club’s Photo of the Month competition was won by Bevan Walker with a colourful wildlife image of a kingfisher (pictured right). “The focusing is spot on, showing all the detail of the feathers, and a nice clean background ensures the kingfisher stands out,” says Kate.

In second place was Karen Moffatt-McLeod and Anita Ruggle-Lussy finished third.

The club’s themed challenge for June challenge is “Light Painting”, a photographic technique where light is “painted” or “drawn” onto a photograph using a light source during a long exposure.

To know more about Whitianga Photographic Club, check out their public Facebook page where the work and achievements of club members are showcased. Anyone keen to join in, can email the

admin team at

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