An image of a lone soldier at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park has been judged the winner of WW100 centenary progamme’s #MyAnzacDay photo competition.
A considerable number of entries were received from all over the country and also from New Zealanders attending Anzac Day events and activities overseas.
“We want to thank New Zealanders for helping to put together a contemporary picture of what Anzac Day means 100 years on from the first Anzac Day service,” says WW100 Director Sarah Davies.
Adam Jang-Jones’ winning entry shows a soldier looking up at the National War Memorial at Pukeahu Park in Wellington. Adam captioned his image as, “a lone soldier reflects on wars past”.
Judge Sam Neil says, “Adam Jang-Jones’ photo was very well composed and conveys a strong sense of what Anzac Day meant to him.”
Adam will receive New Zealand Post’s Commemorative WW1 silver proof coin and 1914-1916 WW1 booklets, two First World War history books; New Zealand and the First World War and Holding on to Home and a Ngā Tapuwae New Zealand First World War Trails merchandise pack.
“It was fascinating to see how New Zealanders commemorate Anzac Day both at home and in countries like New Caledonia, Afghanistan, Australia and the United Kingdom,” says Sam Neill.
Two runners up Michelle Chalklin-Sinclair and Hayley Judd will also receive a prize pack donated by New Zealand Post, as well as a Ngā Tapuwae merchandise pack.
Michelle’s image captures a moment during the ceremony in front of the Queens Garden War Memorial in Dunedin, where a soldier’s shadow is eerily evident on the memorial.
Hayley’s image shows a young girl dressed in red holding her father’s hand surrounded by Fields of Remembrance crosses.
The other prize recipient of the #MyAnzacDay photo competition is People’s Choice winner, as voted via Facebook, Jarrad Scott with his image of Gore RSA’s new poppy wall.
Jarrad will receive New Zealand Post’s RSA silver proof coin and the RSA commemorative stamps presentation pack, two First World War history books; New Zealand and the First World War and New Zealand’s First World War Heritage and a Ngā Tapuwae merchandise pack.
WW100 would like to thank the judges, actor Sam Neill, broadcaster Carol Hirschfeld, photographer Saint Andrew Matautia and New Zealand Photographic Society Vice President Peter Robertson, and also New Zealand Post for generously donating prizes from their WW1 commemorative stamps and coins collection.
To view all the entries from the #MyAnzacDay photo competition, visit WW100 Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WW100NZ.