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Wild horse images earn awards for photographer

October 28, 2010

Striking images of Kaimanawa wild horses have earned photographer Jan Maree Vodanovich recognition at the Iris Awards held in Queenstown as part of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers Infocus Conference.

A detail from the image "Kaimanawa muster - steamy horses" (below), which won Jan Maree Vodanovich a silver medal in the Editorial section.

The image "Kaimanawa muster beneath escarpment" won Vodanovich a bronze medal in the Commercial section.

The Tuakau-based photographer and artist said was an incredible experience watching and listening to three days of open print judging. "The two days of seminars were fantastic too, with some really amazing speakers and great ideas. I am inspired!"

A picture of steamy Kaimanawa horses during a muster was awarded a silver medal at the awards, and another, showing a helicopter guiding horses to captivity, won bronze.

The photograher is no stranger to wild horses, having adopted a nine-month-old Kaimanawa colt nearly a year ago.

Vodanovich also won five other bronze medals at the awards - quite an achievement in her first year of compatition. "It will be a hard act to follow next year. The judges were harsh, too," she said.

Vodanovich graduated from Elam, Auckland University, with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Photography major), in 1986. As a photographer she has freelanced for newspapers, photographed horse shows, and for the last 20 years has been commissioned to photograph weddings and create artworks. She is based in Tuakau, with her husband Matthew, and two daughters, Ashleigh and Shannon.

She is currently working on a book on New Zealand's Native Kaimanawa Horse which she is planning to launch in conjunction with a touring exhibition of artworks and photographs around the middle of next year.



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