Robyn Hay - winner of the Trustpower Photographic Exhibition

Robyn Hay - winner of the Trustpower Photographic Exhibition

Robyn Hay reflects on her favourite things - and winning First Place in this year's Trustpower Photographic Exhibition.

"This year’s theme was Home, so I thought about what home was to me. Home is family, so of course I thought of my mum.  Mum is an eccentric lady in her 70’s, who moved to a rural property after losing her home (our family home) in the Christchurch earthquakes. Mum surrounds herself with knickknacks and trinkets, so I tried to capture her in her environment - just being herself.

I entered the Trustpower Photographic Exhibition last year, and it was a fun experience. I enjoy the themes and challenging myself photographically. When I found out I won First Place this year, I was shocked - totally shocked! And also very grateful to Priority One for the generous prize money which I will use to acquire a new lens.

I’ve been interested in photography for the past 7 years. I initially used to paint, but was so busy at work I never got round to completing anything, so took up photography instead.  I love the fact it takes me to new places, preferably outside of cell phone range, so I can escape my otherwise busy and chaotic life.

Thank you to the amazing sponsors for this fabulous opportunity.  I would recommend anyone who has a camera to have a go next year!" 

Robyn's winning image "My favourite things" was proudly sponsored by Priority One

As Tauranga’s economic development organisation, Priority One’s focus is on the economic prosperity of our region. Their purpose is to build a vibrant economy that retains and attracts talented, skilled and creative people and the businesses that need them. Working with local authorities to ensure local government and business needs and aspirations are aligned, Priority One actively encourages local businesses to grow by the removal of roadblocks, ensuring the skills and experience required by industry are available and proactively targeting new firms into the business community.