Dunedin photographer Alex van der Weerden eyes up another
potential competition-winning image. Photo by Gerard
The world is a spectacular tapestry of colour, light and
shapes for Alex van der Weerden.
His view of the world through the lens saw him win a recent
national photography competition, despite him only picking up
a camera for the first time 12 months ago.
The 13-year-old King's High School pupil won the youth open
section in the Ellerslie International Flower Show Focus on
Flowers photography competition with a photo titled Sun
Struck, and was runner-up in the youth landscapes and
youth trees sections, with photos titled Reflection
and Maple Silhouette, respectively.
''I'm pretty proud and excited. I got the news here at
school. My friends were pretty excited for me.''
His photos are among 100 from the competition which were
selected to be exhibited at the Ellerslie International
Flower Show, being held at North Hagley Park, Christchurch,
Although Alex was delighted with the results, he was a little
surprised, given his inexperience behind the lens.
''I just picked up a camera last year and tried it out.
''My family looked at some of the photos I took and said they
were pretty good.''
So he entered the 2013 Otago Wildlife Photography competition
and won the under-14 human impact on the natural environment
''I was starting to feel a bit more confident about my
photography, so I looked on the internet for national
photography competitions, and I found the Ellerslie
International Flower Show Focus on Flowers photography
The rest was history, he said.
So, could this be the beginning of an eye-catching career in
photography?Alex said it was too early to tell.
''I'm still young. There are a lot of other opportunities out
there to pursue.''