Stuff Photographer Wins New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year


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A Things visual journalist won a prestigious photography competition.

Braden Fastier, photojournalist at Nelson Courier and founding member of the Toru Photography Collective, was crowned New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year for a broad portfolio of social documentaries.

Fastier said it was “pretty cool” to receive the award for best photographer, given the “incredible” work on display at the awards ceremony on Wednesday night.

“It’s what you look for every day, it’s for print and for the web, but getting that recognition is pretty awesome. “

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Stuff Photographer Braden Fastier is New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year 2021.

Braden Fastier / Stuff

Stuff Photographer Braden Fastier is New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year 2021.

Fastier first won the Nikon Photographer of the Year award and also won the Resene Color award.

He said he chose his portfolio carefully, putting aside his favorite photos each month and chatting with friends and colleagues.

“It’s just to find the time to polish… there’s a lot of photography, it’s everywhere. There are millions of photos uploaded every day, so you wonder, “how is this going to be different from something someone took on their phone?” “

Stuff's regional editor Victoria Guild said Fastier's attention to detail sets him apart.

Braden Fastier / Stuff

Stuff’s regional editor Victoria Guild said Fastier’s attention to detail sets him apart.

“I approach every job with the attitude that there’s going to be a really amazing photo here, you just might have to look a little harder for that.”

ThingsNelson’s regional editor Victoria Guild said it was Fastier’s attention to detail that set him apart.

“Braden is always committed to producing the best possible image, and that is reflected in the quality of his work. He has a style that is instantly recognizable and we are very fortunate to be able to showcase his work in our print products and online.

In a statement released Wednesday evening, New Zealand Geographic editor James Frankham said Fastier’s images were rich in color and context, were technically sound and demonstrated an original and imaginative approach to photojournalism.

New Zealand Geographic editor James Frankham said Braden Fastier's images were rich in color and context.

Braden Fastier / Stuff

New Zealand Geographic editor James Frankham said Braden Fastier’s images were rich in color and context.

“Fastier’s images captured a second level of meaning – the humor of the paperwork around a pair of concrete playground seals, a mask on a statue, phone calls on a golf course – the realities oddities of life in Aotearoa in 2021 that go some way to understand the year that has been.

“His approach borrows from street photography, but with the discipline and talent for storytelling of a photojournalist, values ​​that make Braden Fastier a worthy holder of the title of Photographer of the Year 2021.”

New Zealand Geographic has received more than 6,000 nominations for the title of Photographer of the Year this season, a record in the 13-year history of the competition.

“2021 started out as a cure for 2020, but in many ways it felt like a repeat of history. This was reflected in the registrations we received. There were images of more blockages, more protests and cultural themes were also close to last year – Covid-19, Black Lives Matter and a process of adjusting to smaller, more isolated lives. “

Fastier said he approached every job with the idea that there would be an amazing photo, he just had to look for it.

Braden Fastier / Stuff

Fastier said he approached every job with the idea that there would be an amazing photo, he just had to look for it.

“The images also reflected, however, our resilience as a nation, our creativity and our determination. There were landscapes of quiet solitude, without the rush of tourists. There were images of small circles of family and friends. Even the images of wild animals were silent and careful studies of behavior, marked by the patience of the photographer. “

2021 winners

Nikon Photographer of the Year – Braden Fastier

Young Photographer of the Year – Mattheus Elwood

Ockham Residential People’s Choice – Grant Nicholson

Resene Color Award – Braden Fastier

Electric Kiwi Wildlife – Danilo Hegg

Resene Landscape – William Patino

Lumix Company – George Heard

Built Environment Resene – Matthew Connolly

Progear PhotoStory – Ralph Piezas

Aerial Lightforce – Hunter Smith


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