A Dunedin amateur photographer who has travelled to far-flung
corners of the globe to take pictures has won a national
award for a shot of a colourful crab taken on the Galapagos
Ken Trevathan (67) received a gold medal in the ''Natural
History Prints'' category at the 2013 Photographic Society of
New Zealand's Canon National Exhibition competition, for his
shot of a Sally Lightfoot crab (Grapsus grapsus) excreting.
Mr Trevathan, who has visited about 70 countries, said
capturing the crab at the right moment came down to luck.
''Just by pure chance this one started to excrete at the
moment I pushed the shutter,'' he said.
''I never saw a crab do that the whole time I was there,
including when I took the actual photo.''
He took the photo while on a 12-day visit to the island as
part of an expedition with other photographers. He has been
contacted by people who thought the image was so colourful it
must have been altered digitally - when in fact it was
Mr Trevathan, who has just returned from a six-week trip to
central Asia, said he enjoyed travelling to parts of the
world most never had the chance to visit.
A member of the Dunedin Photographic Society and the Dunedin
Camera Club, Mr Trevathan's interest in photography went back
to when he left school and worked for Dunedin photographers
Hurst and Palmer. After a ''long break'', he became
interested in photography again about three years ago.
Asked why he enjoyed taking photos, he said: ''I suppose its
just the arty thing. It's nice to create good things and
The photo will be on display at the National Exhibition of
Photography held between May 1 and 5 at the Wellington Town