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Bulletin photo exhibition opens at Staff Club

Thursday, 13 April 2017 10:00pm

The winner of this year's Bulletin Board Photo Competition Rachel Tan and Bulletin Board Editor Lisa Dick with Ms Tan's incredible photo of a beach in Zanzibar at today's exhibition opening at the Staff Club. Photos: Sharron Bennett.

2017 second place recipient Raelene Inglis with three of the photo's, including her own of a ship's graveyard near Bluff.

A stunning exhibition showcasing the winning photos and notable entries from the 2017 Otago Bulletin Board Photo Competition plus the four previous year’s winning photos opened at the Staff Club today.

The exhibition celebrates the fifth anniversary of the photo competition, which was first held in 2013 when the online Otago Bulletin Board replaced the printed Otago Bulletin.

Bulletin Board Editor Lisa Dick spoke at the launch, saying how wonderful the images look printed and displayed upstairs at the Staff Club.

“The images are exquisite when seen on screen, but seeing them up together takes them to a new level. We are so grateful to the Staff Club for hosting this exhibition. I can’t think of a more appropriate venue for this exhibition of staff and postgraduate photos.”

She described the photo competition as the University’s “great equaliser” with entrants and winners coming from the general staff, the academic staff and the postgraduate community based at all of Otago’s campuses.

“This year’s winner Rachel Tan is a PhD candidate in HEDC. Last year’s winner David Steer was an econferencing specialist, and our 2015 winner Marcus Dagnell was a postdoctoral researcher in Christchurch.

"We are delighted to be able to showcase these beautiful photos. I'd encourage everyone to come and take a look."

“Every year that we run this competition we are stunned by the calibre of photographers dotted across this University and this year was no different. Even as we hung the photos this morning people were approaching to take a look and commenting about the incredibly high standard.”

Staff Club Supervisor Jasmine Millar says the photos look wonderful and really enhance the historic space.

“We are delighted to be able to showcase these beautiful photos. I'd encourage everyone to come and take a look.”

Guests at the launch included many of the top 12 photographers from this year’s competition, and the celebration ended with a prize-giving.

The wining photos from 2013 to 2017 will remain up in the Staff Club permanently, while the other photos will be up for the foreseeable future. It is hoped to run the exhibition annually after the competition, with the permanent exhibition of winning photos growing each year.