Couple of happy snappers

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A gold for this image (right) of a forest at Paradise near Glenorchy helped win Queenstowner Mike Langford the Australian Landscape Photo­grapher of the Year award in Sydney last week.

Langford’s four-print portfolio also included a gold-winning image of a Nevis Valley tree and silver-winning photos of Kinloch Wharf and the Mackenzie Country.

This is his second Australian landscape photography award – ironically he’s a Kiwi while his Australian-born wife Jackie Ranken holds the equivalent NZ title. Ranken’s also twice won the same award as her husband and was supreme winner in 2002.

Langford’s prize was $NZ3100 worth of camera gear.

With 50 years’ experience between them, Langford says he and Ranken push each other: “We achieve more than [just] by ourselves.”

Meanwhile, Skyline Restaurant is hosting a month-long exhibition of the 86 highest-scoring prints from last year’s NZ Institute of Professional Photography awards – in which Ranken was overall winner.