usually photographs insects but turned to flowers because
''they don't run so fast''.
His choice worked - Mr McCulloch's Flower Refraction image
won the 2014 Otago Wildlife Photography Competition at Otago
Museum last night.
Mr McCulloch (26), a geologist at Macraes mine, took up
photography as a hobby five years ago.
The winning photograph came about after much experimentation
with droplets of water as lenses, he said.
To compose the photo, he put droplets on a spider web with a
daisy in behind.
The photograph was taken on a D7000 Nikon with a 105mm macro
As it was the competition's 15th year, an anniversary special
prize was also awarded last night.
This went to Simon Larkin for his Hawk Flight photograph.
A record number of entries, just under 2000, were received
for the competition.
Three-quarters of them were digitally uploaded, one of the
judges, Neil Harraway, said.