Success comes early for young photographer

Dunedin photographer Alex van der Weerden eyes up another potential competition-winning image. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Dunedin photographer Alex van der Weerden eyes up another potential competition-winning image. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
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, this week.

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 category.

''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 competition.''

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.''

 

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